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Meaning of 探

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Pinyin: tàn
English Definition: to explore; to search out; to scout; to visit; to stretch forward
Chinese Definition:
①寻求:探求。探讨。探索。探试。勘探。试探。钻探。探幽访胜。探本穷源。
②侦察打听:探问。探听。探询。探查。探察。
③做侦察工作的人:探马(侦察骑兵)。敌探。密探。
④访问,看望:探望。探亲。探监。
⑤头或上体伸出,手伸入:探身。探头探脑。探囊取物。

Total strokes: 11; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (hand) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ shǒu ] hand
    • Above to below
      • [ ] tree; wood, lumber; wooden
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Example Words
探索 tàn suǒ to explore; to probe
探讨 tàn tǎo to investigate; to probe
探测 tàn to probe; to take readings; to explore; exploration
勘探 kān tàn to explore; to survey; to prospect (for oil etc); prospecting
探亲 tàn qīn to go home to visit one's family
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