Meaning of 磨

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Total strokes: 16; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (stone) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Surround from upper left
    • [ ] hemp, flax, sesame; numb
    • [ shí ] stone, rock, mineral
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  • Pinyin:
    English Definition: to rub; to grind; to polish; to sharpen; to wear down; to die out; to waste time; to pester; to insist
    Chinese Definition:

    Example Words:
    折磨 zhé to torment; to torture
    琢磨 zhuó to carve and polish (jade); to polish and refine a literary work
    磨难 nàn a torment; a trial; tribulation; a cross (to bear); well-tried
    消磨 xiāo to wear down; to sap; to whittle away; to while away; to idle away
    磨炼 liàn see 磨练
    More: 磨* | *磨 | *磨*
  • Pinyin:
    English Definition: grindstone; to grind; to turn round
    Chinese Definition:

    Example Words:
    磨盘 pán lower millstone; tray of a mill
    磨坊 fáng mill
    磨叨 dao to grumble; to chatter
    磨烦 fan to pester; to bother sb incessantly; to delay; to prevaricate
    有钱能使鬼推磨 yǒu qián néng shǐ guǐ tuī lit. money will make the Devil turn millstones (idiom); fig. with money, you can do anything you like
    More: 磨* | *磨 | *磨*
Example Sentences
Then he began to turn the mill. Then salt bean to come out of the mill.
You have a little magic mill. Sell it to me.
Most of the children when they travel there, we would probably go to her apartment But they would probably have a charming mill on the floor.
What a little torment that child is!
Stop dawdling and get going.