Meaning of 斩

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(Trad.: 斬)
Pinyin: zhǎn
English Definition: to behead (as form of capital punishment); to chop
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 8; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (axe) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
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    • [ chē ] cart, vehicle; to move in a cart
    • [ jīn ] a catty (about 500 grams); an axe; keen, shrewd
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Example Words:
斩钉截铁 [ zhǎn dīng jié tiě ]: lit. to chop the nail and slice the iron (idiom); fig. resolute and decisive; unhesitating; categorical
先斩后奏 [ xiān zhǎn hòu zòu ]: first decapitate then present your trophy (idiom); act first, report later
两国相争,不斩来使 [ liǎng guó xiāng zhēng , zhǎn lái shǐ ]: when two kingdoms are at war, they don't execute envoys (idiom)
快刀斩乱麻 [ kuài dāo zhǎn luàn ]: lit. quick sword cuts through tangled hemp (idiom); decisive action in a complex situation; cutting the Gordian knot
披荆斩棘 [ jīng zhǎn ]: lit. to cut one's way through thistles and thorns (idiom); fig. to overcome all obstacles on the way; to break through hardships; to blaze a new trail
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