Meaning of 船

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Pinyin: chuán
English Definition: boat; vessel; ship; Classifiers:
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 11; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (ship) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ zhōu ] boat, ship
    • Above to below
      • [ ] small table; how many; a few, some
      • [ kǒu ] mouth; entrance, gate, opening
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Example Words
船舶 chuán shipping; boats
飞船 fēi chuán airship; spaceship
渔船 chuán fishing boat; Classifiers:
船只 chuán zhī ship; boat; vessel
轮船 lún chuán steamship; steamer; ocean liner; ship; Classifiers:
More: 船* | *船 | *船*
Example Sentences
The sailor tried to bail the water out of the sinking boat.
The colleges that border the river all have their own boats for the students.
The boat floated rapidly in midstream.
This ship went between China and Japan.
They canted the boat to repair it.