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  The lower element indicates "fast." The upper element is a variant of the character for person. The combination of elements indicates a "conspicuously fast person who surpasses others." Thus the meaning "excel." "Table" is a borrowed meaning. Watch kanji video »
Rise above; surpass
adds heart/emotions to suggest "have one's emotions surpassed by grief/lamentation." Thus the meanings lament, grieve and mourn.
adds person to suggesting a person of surpassing/outstanding qualities. Thus the meanings outstanding person and outstanding.
adds hand/action indicator to suggest "lift an object high then shake or swing it (and let it drop)." Thus the meanings of shake and swing.
Surpass
adds tree/wood, originally to indicate a tall table. Boating pole, oar, pole and rod object are via reinterpretation of the elements (object raised repeatedly from the water in propelling a boat).
adds movement to suggest "go far beyond in surpassing." Great distance is an associated meaning.
adds net to indicate a fish-catching basket (pulled high out of the water). Thus the meaning of basket. Wrap/be wrapped is an associated meaning, in the sense of bamboo woven into a wrap-around basket.
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