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Pinyin: néng
English Definition: can; to be able to; might possibly; ability; (physics) energy; can; to be able to; might possibly; ability; (physics) energy
Chinese Definition:
①才干,本事:能力。能耐。才能。
②有才干的:能人。能手。贤能。能工巧匠。能者为师。
③胜任,善于:能够。能柔能刚。力所能及。欲罢不能。能动。
④会(表示可能性):小弟弟能走路了。
⑤应该:你不能这样说他。
⑥物理学名词,“能量”的简称:电能。热能。
⑦和睦:“(萧)何素不与曹参相能”。
⑧传说中的一种兽,似熊。
⑨古代称一种三足鳖。

Total strokes: 10; Radical:
Pictographic: A bear's head , body , and claws
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • Above to below
      • [ ] private, secret
      • meat, flesh; organic compound
    • Above to below
      • [ ] spoon, ladle; knife, dirk
      • [ ] spoon, ladle; knife, dirk
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Example Words:
可能 [ néng ]: might (happen); possible; probable; possibility; probability; maybe; perhaps; Classifiers:
能力 [ néng ]: capability; ability; Classifiers:
功能 [ gōng néng ]: function; capability
能源 [ néng yuán ]: energy; power source; Classifiers:
能干 [ néng gàn ]: capable; competent
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