Meaning of 杆

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(Trad.: 桿)
Total strokes: 7; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (wood) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
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    • [ ] tree; wood, lumber; wooden
    • [ gàn ] arid, dry; to oppose; to offend; to invade
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  • Pinyin: gān
    English Definition: pole; Classifiers:
    Chinese Definition:
    Example Words:
    杆子 gān zi pole
    栏杆 lán gān railing; banister
    旗杆 gān flagpole
    标杆 biāo gān surveyor's pole; post (used for a landmark); Classifiers: ; (fig.) goal; model; benchmark
    桅杆 wéi gān mast
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  • Pinyin: gǎn
    English Definition: stick; pole; lever; classifier for long objects such as guns
    Chinese Definition:

    Example Words:
    杠杆 gàng gǎn lever; pry bar; crowbar; financial leverage
    电线杆 diàn xiàn gǎn electric pole; telephone pole; lamppost; Classifiers:
    杆菌 gǎn jūn bacillus (any rod-shaped bacteria)
    电杆 diàn gǎn electric pole; telegraph pole
    大肠杆菌 cháng gǎn jūn Escherichia coli (E. coli)
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Example Sentences
The pole was used to prop up the tent.
This pole can be used to prop up the tent.
He measured the height of the room with a long pole.
He leveraged a boulder with a thick pole.
Today’s storm knocked down trees and power poles.