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Meaning of 缩

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(Trad.: 縮)
Pinyin: suō
English Definition: to withdraw; to pull back; to contract; to shrink; to reduce; abbreviation; also pr. [su4]
Chinese Definition:
①向后退,往回收:退缩。畏缩。缩手(喻不敢再做下去)。缩手缩脚(喻做事顾虑多,不大胆)。
②由大变小,由长变短:收缩。伸缩。压缩。缩减。缩小。缩编。缩微(指利用照相技术等把文字图像缩成极小的胶卷复制品)。
③捆束:“缩版以载”。
④直,理直:“自反而缩,虽千万人,吾往矣”。
⑤滤酒去渣:缩酒。
⑥伸胀。

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Total strokes: 14; Radical:
Pictophonetic: 宿 indicates the sound; (thread) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ ] silk; thread
    • 宿 [ sùxiù ] to stop, to rest, to lodge; constellation
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Example Words
缩小 suō xiǎo to reduce; to decrease; to shrink
缩短 suō duǎn to curtail; to cut down
压缩 suō to compress; compression
缩影 suō yǐng miniature version of sth; microcosm; epitome; (Tw) to microfilm
萎缩 wěi suō to wither; to dry up (of a plant); to atrophy (of muscle, social custom etc)
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