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Meaning of 鼎

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Pinyin: dǐng
English Definition: ancient cooking cauldron with two looped handles and three or four legs; pot (dialect); to enter upon a period of (classical); Kangxi radical 206; one of the 64 hexagrams of the Book of Changes
Chinese Definition:
①盛行于商、周。用于煮盛物品,或置于宗庙作铭功记绩的礼器。统治者亦用作烹人的刑具。[合]鼎峙(比喻三方并峙,如鼎之三足);鼎铉(指鼎);鼎鼐(鼎、鼐均为古代炊具,用来调和五味。旧时用以比喻宰相治理国家)。
②比喻帝王。[合]问鼎;定鼎中原;鼎甲(科举考试殿试名列一甲);鼎命(帝王之位);鼎业(帝王的大业)。
③指宰相。[合]鼎台(宰辅大臣);鼎臣(指宰相)。
④喻三公、宰辅、重臣之位。[合]鼎辅(三公,宰辅);鼎司(三公的职位)。
⑤指国家。[合]鼎祚(国祚,国运);鼎运(国运)。

Total strokes: 13; Radical:
Pictographic: A cauldron on its bronze tripod
Character Formation:
  • Surround from below
    • [ ] eye; to look, to see; division, topic
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Example Words:
一言九鼎 [ yán jiǔ dǐng ]: one word worth nine sacred tripods (idiom); words of enormous weight
九鼎 [ jiǔ dǐng ]: the Nine Tripod Cauldrons, symbol of state power, dating back to the Xia Dynasty
人声鼎沸 [ rén shēng dǐng fèi ]: lit. a boiling cauldron of voices (idiom); hubbub; brouhaha
刀锯鼎镬 [ dāo dǐng huò ]: knife, saw and cauldron; ancient instruments of torture; fig. torture
问鼎 [ wèn dǐng ]: to aspire to the throne; to aim at (the first place etc)
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