Meaning of 塞

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Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (earth) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • [gàimian2] roof; house
    • Above to below
      • [ ] soil, earth; items made of earth
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  • Pinyin: sāi
    English Definition: to stop up; to squeeze in; to stuff; cork; stopper; Serbia; Serbian; abbr. for 塞尔维亚
    Chinese Definition:

    Example Words:
    活塞 huó sāi piston; valve
    塞车 sāi chē traffic jam
    塞子 sāi zi cork; plug
    软木塞 ruǎn sāi cork
    瓶塞 píng sāi bottle cork; bottle stopper
    More: 塞* | *塞 | *塞*
  • Pinyin: sài
    English Definition: strategic pass; tactical border position
    Chinese Definition:
    Example Words:
    塞外 sài wài beyond the Great Wall
    要塞 yào sài stronghold; fort; fortification
    边塞 biān sài frontier fortress
    塞翁失马 sài wēng shī lit. the old man lost his horse, but it all turned out for the best (idiom); fig. a blessing in disguise; it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good
    关塞 guān sài border fort, esp. defending narrow valley
    More: 塞* | *塞 | *塞*
  • Pinyin:
    English Definition: to stop up; to stuff; to cope with
    Chinese Definition:
    Example Words:
    堵塞 to clog up; blockage
    闭塞 to stop up; to close up; hard to get to; out of the way; inaccessible; unenlightened; blocking
    阻塞 to block; to clog
    搪塞 táng to muddle through; to fob sb off; to beat around the bush; to dodge
    语塞 to be at a loss for words; speechless
    More: 塞* | *塞 | *塞*
Example Sentences
We can stuff some more into the bag.
He spooned up several cakes of cube sugar and stuffed them into his mouth.
Do not try to put everything on the same page, focus on one think and split your content.
Let me help you to cork up this bottle.
The main problem with time management is that it focuses on fitting more stuff into your days without ever asking a question why you need that stuff.