Meaning of 衍

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Pinyin: yǎn
English Definition: to spread out; to develop; to overflow; to amplify; superfluous
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 9; Radical:
Ideographic: Water going in all directions
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Example Words
敷衍 yǎn to elaborate (on a theme); to expound (the classics); perfunctory; to skimp; to botch; to do sth half-heartedly or just for show; barely enough to get by
繁衍 fán yǎn to multiply; to reproduce; to increase gradually in number or quantity
衍生 yǎn shēng to give rise to; to derive; derivative; derivation
衍射 yǎn shè diffraction
敷衍了事 yǎn liǎo shì to do things half-heartedly; to merely go through the motions
More: 衍* | *衍 | *衍*
Example Sentences
The connexion is not a simple derivation.
He takes every task seriously and never does anything half-heartedly.