Meaning of 塞

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Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (earth) conveys the meaning.
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  • Above to below
    • [gàimian2] roof; house
    • Above to below
      • [ ] soil, earth; items made of earth
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  • Pinyin: sāi
    English Definition: to stop up; to squeeze in; to stuff; cork; stopper; Serbia; Serbian; abbr. for 塞尔维亚
    Chinese Definition:

    Example Words:
    活塞 huó sāi piston; valve
    塞车 sāi chē traffic jam
    塞子 sāi zi cork; plug
    软木塞 ruǎn sāi cork
    瓶塞 píng sāi bottle cork; bottle stopper
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  • Pinyin: sài
    English Definition: strategic pass; tactical border position
    Chinese Definition:
    Example Words:
    塞外 sài wài beyond the Great Wall
    要塞 yào sài stronghold; fort; fortification
    边塞 biān sài frontier fortress
    塞翁失马 sài wēng shī lit. the old man lost his horse, but it all turned out for the best (idiom); fig. a blessing in disguise; it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good
    关塞 guān sài border fort, esp. defending narrow valley
    More: 塞* | *塞 | *塞*
  • Pinyin:
    English Definition: to stop up; to stuff; to cope with
    Chinese Definition:
    Example Words:
    堵塞 to clog up; blockage
    闭塞 to stop up; to close up; hard to get to; out of the way; inaccessible; unenlightened; blocking
    阻塞 to block; to clog
    搪塞 táng to muddle through; to fob sb off; to beat around the bush; to dodge
    语塞 to be at a loss for words; speechless
    More: 塞* | *塞 | *塞*
Example Sentences
The rain can cause traffic congestion.
The traffic jam caused me to be late
Traffic jams are encountered every morning
They were stuck in traffic congestion
I almost ran into a major traffic jam.