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Meaning of 相

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Ideographic: To stare at a tree , meaning to observe
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    • [ ] tree; wood, lumber; wooden
    • [ ] eye; to look, to see; division, topic
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  • Pinyin: xiàng

    English Definition: appearance; portrait; picture; government minister; (physics) phase; (literary) to appraise (esp. by scrutinizing physical features); to read sb's fortune (by physiognomy, palmistry etc)
    Chinese Definition:
    ①容貌,样子:相貌。照相。凶相。可怜相。
    ②物体的外观:月相。金相。
    ③察看,判断:相面。相术(指观察相貌,预言命运好坏的方术)。
    ④辅助,亦指辅佐的人,古代特指最高的官:辅相。宰相。首相。
    ⑤某些国家的官名,相当于中央政府的部长。
    ⑥交流电路中的一个组成部分。
    ⑦同一物质的某种物理、化学状态:相态。水蒸气、水、冰是三个相。
    ⑧作正弦变化的物理量,在某一时刻(或某一位置)的状态可用一个数值来确定,这种数值称“相位”。亦称“相角”。
    ⑨姓氏。

    Example Words:
    照相机 [ zhào xiàng ]: camera; Classifiers:
    真相 [ zhēn xiàng ]: the truth about sth; the actual facts
    相声 [ xiàng sheng ]: comic dialogue; sketch; crosstalk
    照相 [ zhào xiàng ]: to take a photograph
    宰相 [ zǎi xiàng ]: prime minister (in feudal China)
  • Pinyin: xiāng

    English Definition: each other; one another; mutually; fret on the neck of a pipa 琵琶 (a fret on the soundboard is called a )
    Chinese Definition:
    ①交互,行为动作由双方来:互相。相等。相同。相识。相传(chuán)。相符。相继。相间(jiàn)。相形见绌。相得益彰(两者互相配合,更加显出双方的长处)。
    ②动作由一方来而有一定对象的:相信。相烦。相问。
    ③亲自看(是否中意):相亲。相中(zhòng)。
    ④姓氏。

    Example Words:
    相信 [ xiāng xìn ]: to be convinced (that sth is true); to believe; to accept sth as true
    相同 [ xiāng tóng ]: identical; same
    互相 [ xiāng ]: each other; mutually; mutual
    相反 [ xiāng fǎn ]: opposite; contrary
    互相联系 [ xiāng lián ]: mutually related; interconnected
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