Meaning of 栋

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(Trad.: 棟)
Pinyin: dòng
English Definition: classifier for houses or buildings; ridgepole (old)
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 9; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (wood) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
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    • [ ] tree; wood, lumber; wooden
    • [ dōng ] east, eastern, eastward
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Example Words
栋梁 dòng liáng ridgepole; ridgepole and beams; person able to bear heavy responsibility; mainstay (of organization); pillar (of state)
雕梁画栋 diāo liáng huà dòng richly ornamented (building)
汗牛充栋 hàn niú chōng dòng lit. enough books to make a pack-ox sweat or to fill a house to the rafters (idiom); fig. many books
吴作栋 zuò dòng Goh Chok Tong (1941-), Singapore businessman and politician, prime minister 1990-2004
画栋雕梁 huà dòng diāo liáng a richly ornamented building (idiom)
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Example Sentences
He said, you know that building?
The wicket from which the pair had lately emerged was in the wall of this structure.
Who bought that new house down the street from you?
I don't know why but I had to get out of that house and go home.
He operates his own warehouses a few miles from the school, in the basements of a pair of residential buildings.