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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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  Early forms of the left-hand element show an arrow hitting a squarish, lumpy target and coming to a stop. The portion at right originally combined 1) child/small object and 2) an element indicating "point in different directions." The combination of 1) and 2) suggests "come to a stop out of concern for a child." Suspicion, doubt, and question are extended meanings (conditions in which one's thoughts are paralyzed). In contemporary Japanese orthography, this element is replaced in the character below at top right. Watch kanji video »
Come to a stop
adds hand/action indicator to suggest "stop to determine how to proceed with respect to two items, one genuine and one fake." Thus the meanings consider, reflect, imitate, resemble, and model on.
adds stone to suggest an obstructive boulder that stops progress. Hindrance is an associated meaning.
Come to a stop
adds illness to suggest a condition in which the thinking process is paralyzed, a condition likened to stupidity. Thus the meaning foolish. Compare the character at left.
adds ice to suggest a long, stationary block of ice. Thus the meanings rigidity, concentration, and stiff. Strain, be absorbed in, fix attention on and elaborate (v.) are extended meanings.
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