Meaning of 斩

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(Trad.: 斬)
Pinyin: zhǎn
English Definition: to behead (as form of capital punishment); to chop
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 8; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (axe) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ chē ] cart, vehicle; to move in a cart
    • [ jīn ] a catty (about 500 grams); an axe; keen, shrewd
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Example Words
斩首 zhǎn shǒu to behead
斩钉截铁 zhǎn dīng jié tiě lit. to chop the nail and slice the iron (idiom); fig. resolute and decisive; unhesitating; categorical
斩断 zhǎn duàn to cut off; to chop sth in half
过关斩将 guò guān zhǎn jiàng to surmount all difficulties (on the way to success) (idiom); abbr. for 过五关斩六将
披荆斩棘 jīng zhǎn lit. to cut one's way through thistles and thorns (idiom); fig. to overcome all obstacles on the way; to break through hardships; to blaze a new trail
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Example Sentences
My methods of discipline are short .