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Meaning of 剪

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Pinyin: jiǎn
English Definition: scissors; shears; clippers; Classifiers: ; to cut with scissors; to trim; to wipe out or exterminate
Chinese Definition:
①一种铰东西的用具:剪刀。
②像剪子的东西:火剪。夹剪。剪床。
③用剪子铰:剪断。剪开。剪影。剪报。剪纸。剪裁。
④除掉:剪除。剪灭。

Total strokes: 11; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (knife) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • in front, forward; former, preceding
    • knife; old coin; measure
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Example Words:
修剪 [ xiū jiǎn ]: to prune; to trim
剪彩 [ jiǎn cǎi ]: to cut the ribbon (at a launching or opening ceremony)
剪刀 [ jiǎn dāo ]: scissors; Classifiers:
剪刀差 [ jiǎn dāo chā ]: prices scissor (caught between low income and high prices)
剪切 [ jiǎn qiē ]: to shear; shearing (force); (computing) to cut (as in "cut-and-paste")
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