Meaning of 倒

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Total strokes: 10; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (person) conveys the meaning.
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  • Left to right
    • man, person; people
    • to go to, to arrive
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  • Pinyin: dào

    English Definition: to place upside down; to invert; to pour; to throw out; to move backwards; however; actually; as a matter of fact; contrary to expectation
    Chinese Definition:

    Example Words:
    眉毛倒竖 [ méi mao dào shù ]: to raise the eyebrows (idiom)
    倒退 [ dào tuì ]: to fall back; to go in reverse
    倒数 [ dào shǔ ]: to count backwards (from 10 down to 0); to count down; from the bottom (lines on a page); from the back (rows of seats)
    倒数 [ dào shù ]: inverse number; reciprocal (math.)
    倒装 [ dào zhuāng ]: inversion (rhetoric device of inverting the word order for heightened effect); anastrophe
  • Pinyin: dǎo

    English Definition: to fall; to collapse; to lie horizontally; to overthrow; to fail; to go bankrupt; to change (trains or buses); to move around; to resell at a profit
    Chinese Definition:

    Example Words:
    投机倒把 [ tóu dǎo ]: speculation and profiteering (idiom); buying and selling on speculation
    倒塌 [ dǎo ]: to collapse (of building); to topple over
    扑倒 [ dǎo ]: to fall down
    跌倒 [ diē dǎo ]: to tumble; to fall; fig. to suffer a reverse (in politics or business)
    跪倒 [ guì dǎo ]: to kneel down; to sink to one's knees; to grovel
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