Meaning of 淹

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Pinyin: yān
English Definition: to flood; to submerge; to drown; to irritate the skin (of liquids); to delay
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 11; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (water) conveys the meaning.
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Example Words
淹没 yān to submerge; to drown; to flood; to drown out (also fig.)
范仲淹 fàn zhòng yān Fan Zhongyan (989-1052), minister of Northern Song who led the failed reform of 1043, author of On Yueyang Tower 岳阳楼记
淹死 yān to drown
淹博学问 yān xué wen deep and wide in learning (idiom)
淹蓋 yān gài to submerge; to flood; to drown out
More: 淹* | *淹 | *淹*
Example Sentences
I was out with my friend to go see another area that was flooded when we came across this and both of us screamed with delight.
Basements are, in some ways, meant to flood.
Our old home wasn't even being flooded for the project and we were asked to leave.
Some of the streets are almost flooded with rain.
Several attempts were then made to execute her by drowning and fire, all of which failed, leading many who witnessed her tortures to be converted.