Meaning of 势

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(Trad.: 勢)
Pinyin: shì
English Definition: power; influence; potential; momentum; tendency; trend; situation; conditions; outward appearance; sign; gesture; male genitals
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 8; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (strength) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • [ zhí ] to execute; to grasp, to hold; to keep; to sieze, to detain
    • [ ] strength, power; capability, influence
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Example Words
形势 xíng shì circumstances; situation; terrain; Classifiers:
优势 yōu shì superiority; dominance; advantage
趋势 shì trend; tendency
局势 shì situation; state (of affairs)
势头 shì tóu power; momentum; tendency; impetus; situation; the look of things
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Example Sentences
Caring for vulnerable groups is a social responsibility.
The enemy troops had a strategic advantage on the high ground.
We are faced with difficult economic situation.
The political situation in modern China is very complicated.
She's short, but has a very strong personality.