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Online Japanese Chinese Kanji Character Dictionary
A comprehensive, illustrated dictionary with etymologies, pictographs & definitions in English, displaying also Hiragana and Katakana, the Kana used in Nihongo

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  A pictograph of rafts/boats moored side by side. Thus the meanings "side" and "line up." Direction is an associated meaning, in the sense of spreading not only right and left but in all directions. Other associated and extended meanings include side, line up, compare, skill, method, square. Also, person (in the sense of "person over there"). (Part 1 of 2) Watch kanji video »
Spread right and left, or in all directions
adds person to suggest a person producing imitations and causing them to spread by distributing them. Thus the meaning wander. Compare the character below.
adds movement to indicate the meaning "wander." Compare the character above.
adds words to suggest "spread out in calling upon or making inquiries." Visit, search for, and come are associated meanings.
adds piled earth to suggest earth spread and piled to create a curved embankment. Defend, protect and prevent are associated meanings.
adds grass/plant to suggest the spreading fragrance of plants. Honorific prefix is a figurative, associated meaning.
adds action indicator to indicate "strike an object, causing pieces to spread/scatter in all directions." Release and set free are associated meanings, with reach, fire (a gun), expel, and leave up to by extension.
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