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Meaning of 宁

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(Trad.: 寧)
Total strokes: 5; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (roof) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • [gàimian2] roof; house
    • [ dīng ] male adult; robust, vigorous; 4th heavenly stem
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  • Pinyin: níng

    English Definition: peaceful; to pacify; to visit (one's parents etc)
    Chinese Definition:
    ①平安,安定:宁静。宁谧。息事宁人。
    ②已嫁的女子或在外子女回家省视父母:宁亲。归宁。
    ③守父母之丧,丧假:“前博士弟子父母死,予宁三年”。
    ④中国江苏省南京市的别称。
    ⑤中国宁夏回族自治区的简称。

    Example Words:
    安宁 [ Ān níng ]: Anning District of Lanzhou City 兰州市 , Gansu; Anning City, to the west of Kunming 昆明 , Yunnan
    安宁 [ ān níng ]: peaceful; tranquil; calm; composed; free from worry
    列宁 [ liè níng ]: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), Russian revolutionary leader
    宁静 [ níng jìng ]: tranquil; tranquility; serenity
  • Pinyin: nìng

    English Definition: would rather; to prefer; how (emphatic); Taiwan pr. [ning2]
    Chinese Definition:
    ①情愿:宁肯。宁死不屈。宁缺毋滥。
    ②岂,难道:王侯将相宁有种乎?
    ③语助,无实际意义:不宁唯是。
    ④姓氏。

    Example Words:
    宁可 [ nìng ]: preferably; one would prefer to...(or not to...); would rather; (would) be better to; (to pick) the lesser of two evils
    宁愿 [ nìng yuàn ]: would rather; better
    宁肯 [ nìng kěn ]: would rather...; it would be better...; would prefer
    不自由,毋宁死 [ yóu , nìng ]: give me liberty or give me death
    亚平宁 [ píng nìng ]: Apennine (Mountains)
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