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Meaning of 短

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Pinyin: duǎn
English Definition: short; brief; to lack; weak point; fault
Chinese Definition:
①长度小,与“长(cháng)”相对:短期。短暂。短促。短途。短命。短讯。短浅。短兵相接。短小精悍。
②缺少,欠:短少。短缺。
③缺点:短处。护短。取长补短。
④欠缺长。

Total strokes: 12; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (dart) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ shǐ ] arrow, dart; to vow, to swear
    • [ dòu ] beans, peas; bean-shaped
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Example Words:
短信 [ duǎn xìn ]: text message; SMS
缩短 [ suō duǎn ]: to curtail; to cut down
短促 [ duǎn ]: short in time; fleeting; brief; gasping (breath); curt (tone of voice)
长短 [ cháng duǎn ]: length; duration; accident; right and wrong; good and bad; long and short
短期 [ duǎn ]: short term; short-term
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