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Meaning of 始

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Pinyin: shǐ
English Definition: to begin; to start; then; only then
Chinese Definition:
①起头,最初,与“终”相对:开始。始终。始祖。始创。周而复始。
②才,刚才:方始。始悟(才觉悟到)。春蚕到死丝方尽,蜡炬成灰泪始干。
③初末终。

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Total strokes: 8; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (woman) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ ] woman, girl; female
    • [ tái ] platform; unit; term of address
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Example Words:
开始 [ kāi shǐ ]: to begin; beginning; to start; initial; Classifiers:
始终 [ shǐ zhōng ]: from beginning to end; all along
原始 [ yuán shǐ ]: first; original; primitive; original (document etc)
秦始皇 [ qín shǐ huáng ]: Qin Shihuang (259-210 BC), the first emperor
原始社会 [ yuán shǐ shè huì ]: primitive society
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