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Meaning of 蒸

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Pinyin: zhēng
English Definition: to evaporate; (of cooking) to steam; torch made from hemp stalks or bamboo (old); finely chopped firewood (old)
Chinese Definition:
①热气上升:蒸汽。蒸腾。蒸发。蒸气(液体或固体因蒸发沸腾或升华而变成的气体)。蒸馏。云蒸霞蔚。蒸蒸日上。
②用水蒸气的热力把东西加热或使熟:蒸饼。蒸饺。蒸笼。
③古代以麻秸、竹木制成的火炬:蒸烛。
④细小的木柴。
Total strokes: 13; Radical:
Ideographic: Steam provides the meaning and sound
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • [ cǎo ] grass, weed, plant, herb
    • [ zhēng ] to rise; steam; many, numerous
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Example Words
蒸发 zhēng to evaporate; evaporation
蒸汽 zhēng steam
蒸气 zhēng vapor; steam
蒸腾 zhēng téng (of a vapor etc) to rise; to hang in the air
蒸蒸日上 zhēng zhēng shàng becoming more prosperous with each passing day
More: 蒸* | *蒸 | *蒸*
Example Sentences
1
When water boils it passes into steam.
2
使
Heating can turn water into steam.
3
Rice must be steamed in a pressure cooker.
4
My favorite dish is steamed fish seasoned with soy sauce, ginger, and scallions.
5
Nuclear power plants generate electricity by using heat generated from nuclear reactions to produce steam that drives turbines.