Meaning of 刹

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(Trad.: 剎)
Total strokes: 8; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (knife) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
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    • [ shā ] to kill, to murder, to slaughter; to hurt
    • [ dāo ] knife
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  • Pinyin: shā
    English Definition: to brake
    Chinese Definition:
    Example Words:
    刹车 shā chē to brake (when driving); to stop; to switch off; to check (bad habits); a brake
    急刹车 shā chē emergency braking
    刹把 shā brake lever; crank handle for stopping or turning off machinery
    刹住 shā zhù to stop; to come to a halt
    巴刹 shā bazaar (loanword); Taiwan pr. [ba1 cha4]
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  • Pinyin: chà
    English Definition: Buddhist monastery, temple or shrine (abbr. for 刹多罗 , Sanskrit "ksetra")
    Chinese Definition:
    Example Words:
    刹那 chà an instant (Sanskrit: ksana); split second; the twinkling of an eye
    罗刹 luó chà demon in Buddhism; poltergeist in temple that plays tricks on monks and has a taste for their food
    古刹 chà old Buddhist temple
    刹时 chà shí in a flash; in the twinkling of an eye
    什刹海 shí chà hǎi Shichahai, scenic area of northwest Beijing with three lakes
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Example Sentences
The car screeched to a halt.
He stepped on the brake and the car came to an immediate stop.
The car brakes failed, and the speed dropped from 80 miles per hour to zero.
I need to repair my brakes because they are not responsive enough.