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 play so well, but you've never been to a real teacher.
All at once, the three children's faces lit up, and they began to bounce around in the back seat, laughing and chattering.
I played guitar and loved to sing, but nobody liked hearing me.
The opposite happens if you have a "Paintball War," or go to the shooting range.
Lady Catherine approached, and, after listening for a few minutes, said to Darcy, "Miss Bennet would not play at all amiss, if she practised more, and could have the advantage of a London master.