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Meaning of 通

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Total strokes: 11; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (walk) conveys the meaning.
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  • Surround from lower left
    • to walk; walking
    • path; river in Ningbo; Ningbo
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  • Pinyin: tōng

    English Definition: to go through; to know well; (suffix) expert; to connect; to communicate; open; to clear; classifier for letters, telegrams, phone calls etc
    Chinese Definition:
    ①设有阻碍,可以穿过,能够达到:通风。通天。通气。通宵。通行。通过。通衢。贯通。四通八达。曲径通幽。
    ②懂得,彻底明了:通晓。通彻。通今博古。通情达理。
    ③传达:通令。通讯。通报。通告。通知。通缉。通谍。
    ④往来交接:通敌。通商。通邮。通融。通假(汉字的通用和假借)。串通。沟通。
    ⑤普遍、全:通才(指知识广博,具有多种才能的人)。通论。通体。通身。通读。通常。通病。通盘。普通。
    ⑥男女不正当的性行为:通奸。私通。

    Example Words:
    流通 [ liú tōng ]: to circulate; to distribute; circulation; distribution
    通用 [ tōng yòng ]: common (use); interchangeable
    通俗 [ tōng ]: common; everyday; average
    精通 [ jīng tōng ]: to be proficient in; to master (a subject)
  • Pinyin: tòng

    English Definition: classifier for an activity, taken in its entirety (tirade of abuse, stint of music playing, bout of drinking etc)
    Example Words:
    一通 [ tòng ]: one time; once
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