Meaning of 弹

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(Trad.: 彈)
Total strokes: 11; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (bow) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ gōng ] bow; curved, arched
    • [ dān ] single, individual, only; lone
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  • Pinyin: tán
    English Definition: to pluck (a string); to play (a string instrument); to spring or leap; to shoot (e.g. with a catapult); (of cotton) to fluff or tease; to flick; to flip; to accuse; to impeach; elastic (of materials)
    Chinese Definition:

    Example Words:
    弹性 tán xìng flexibility; elasticity
    反弹 fǎn tán to bounce; to bounce back; to boomerang; to ricochet; rebound (of stock market etc); bounce; backlash; negative repercussions
    弹劾 tán to accuse of misconduct (in official task); to impeach
    弹簧 tán huáng spring
    弹奏 tán zòu to play (musical instrument, esp. string)
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  • Pinyin: dàn
    English Definition: crossball; bullet; shot; shell; ball
    Chinese Definition:

    Example Words:
    导弹 dǎo dàn guided missile; cruise missile; missile; Classifiers:
    炸弹 zhà dàn bomb; Classifiers:
    子弹 dàn bullet; Classifiers:
    弹药 dàn yào ammunition
    炮弹 pào dàn artillery shell; Classifiers:
    More: 弹* | *弹 | *弹*
Example Sentences
You can play the guitar ah? That's really impressive!
Can she play the piano?
He plays the guitar well.
She is learning how to play the guitar.
Mom teaches me to play the piano.