Meaning of 参

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(Trad.: 參)
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Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (Three with accents to prevent forgery) conveys the meaning.
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      • [ ] private, secret
      • [ ] big, great, vast, high, deep
    • [ shān ] hair; sunlight
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  • Pinyin: cān
    English Definition: to take part in; to participate; to join; to attend; to counsel; unequal; varied; irregular; uneven; not uniform; abbr. for 参议院 Senate, Upper House
    Chinese Definition:

    Example Words:
    参加 cān jiā to participate; to take part; to join
    参与 cān to participate (in sth)
    参观 cān guān to look around; to tour; to visit
    参赛 cān sài to compete; to take part in a competition
    参考 cān kǎo consultation; reference; to consult; to refer
    More: 参* | *参 | *参*
  • Pinyin: shēn
    English Definition: ginseng; one of the 28 constellations
    Chinese Definition:

    Example Words:
    人参 rén shēn ginseng
    海参 hǎi shēn sea cucumber
    丹参 dān shēn Salvia miltiorrhiza
    党参 dǎng shēn poor man's ginseng (Codonopsis pilosula); codonopsis root (used in TCM)
    西洋参 yáng shēn American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)
    More: 参* | *参 | *参*
Example Sentences
There was once a Greek man who suffered from a deadly disease. Knowing that he will die soon, he was the first to join the army when his country was in a battle with the enemy.
And again, a related problem that people run into is side-effects. You call a function and it returns a value, but maybe it, on purpose or on accident, modifies one of the actual parameters.
I was depressed and there was no way to show people how I was tortured.
I think the senator will packwood on the arms sale.
We got definition, we got name, we got a set of formal parameters.