Meaning of 剎

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(Simplified: 刹)
Total strokes: 9; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (knife) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ shā ] to kill, to murder, to slaughter; to hurt
    • [ dāo ] knife
Similar Characters:
  • Pinyin: shā
    English Definition: to brake
    Chinese Definition:
    Example Words:
    剎車 shā chē to brake (when driving); to stop; to switch off; to check (bad habits); a brake
    剎把 shā brake lever; crank handle for stopping or turning off machinery
    剎住 shā zhù to stop; to come to a halt
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  • Pinyin: chà
    English Definition: Buddhist monastery, temple or shrine (abbr. for 刹多罗 , Sanskrit "ksetra")
    Chinese Definition:
    Example Words:
    剎那 chà an instant (Sanskrit: ksana); split second; the twinkling of an eye
    剎時 chà shí in a flash; in the twinkling of an eye
    More: 剎* | *剎 | *剎*
Example Sentences
The car screeched to a halt.
He stepped on the brake and the car came to an immediate stop.
The car brakes failed, and the speed dropped from 80 miles per hour to zero.
I need to repair my brakes because they are not responsive enough.