Meaning of 寸

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Pinyin: cùn
English Definition: a unit of length; inch; thumb
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 3; Radical: ; Structure: 寸 + *
Ideographic: A hand with a dot indicating where the pulse can be felt, about an inch up the wrist
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Example Words
英寸 yīng cùn inch (unit of length equal to 2.54 cm.)
方寸 fāng cùn square cun (Chinese unit of area: 1 cun × 1 cun, or 3⅓ cm × 3⅓ cm); heart; mind
寸步难行 cùn nán xíng unable to move a single step (idiom); to be in an (extremely) difficult situation
寸草不生 cùn cǎo shēng lit. not even a blade of grass grows (idiom); fig. barren
得寸进尺 cùn jìn chǐ lit. win an inch, want a foot (idiom); fig. not satisfied with small gains; give him an inch, and he'll want a mile
More: 寸* | *寸 | *寸*
Example Sentences
But, till then--if you don't believe me, you don't know me--till then, I would have died by inches before I touched a single hair of his head!'
Every morning I lay on the floor in the front parlour watching her door. The blind was pulled down to within an inch of the sash so that I could not be seen.
Don't you think that her jacket wants an inch or so of the proper length?
He just knows to the second and the inch, and he don't need to think about it at all.
Earlier this year, during CES in Las Vegas, Asus first unveiled a novel netbook concept of sorts that saw an entire computer stuffed inside a keyboard with a 5 inch display built-in.