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
He is a very measured speaker.
This skirt is one foot and five inches long.
They pulled the table apart several inches.
I need you to tell me the size of this item.
This jade is three inches and four points, very beautiful.