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Meaning of 刻

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Pinyin:
English Definition: quarter (hour); moment; to carve; to engrave; to cut; oppressive; classifier for short time intervals
Chinese Definition:
①雕,用刀子挖:刻本(雕版印成的书本)。刻石。刻字。刻板。刻舟求剑。
②古代用漏壶记时,一昼夜共一百刻。今用钟表计时,一刻等于十五分钟:五点一刻。
③时间:此刻。即刻。顷刻(极短时间)。时刻。刻不容缓。
④形容程度极深:深刻。刻意。刻骨(感受深切入骨)。刻苦。
⑤不厚道:刻毒。刻薄。尖刻。苛刻。
⑥同“克”。

Total strokes: 8; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (knife) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ hài ] 12th terrestrial branch; used in transliterations
    • [ dāo ] knife
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Example Words:
深刻 [ shēn ]: profound; deep; deep-going
立刻 [ ]: forthwith; immediate; prompt; promptly; straightway; thereupon; at once
时刻 [ shí ]: time; juncture; moment; period of time; Classifiers: , ; constantly; always
刻苦 [ ]: hardworking; assiduous
片刻 [ piàn ]: short period of time; a moment
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