Meaning of 潜

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(Trad.: 潛)
Pinyin: qián
English Definition: hidden; secret; latent; to hide; to conceal; to submerge; to dive
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 15; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (water) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ shuǐ ] water
    • [ ] to change, to replace, to substitute for
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Example Words
潜力 qián potential; capacity
潜在 qián zài hidden; potential; latent
潜艇 qián tǐng submarine
潜心 qián xīn to concentrate fully on sth; single-minded
潜能 qián néng potential; hidden capability
More: 潜* | *潜 | *潜*
Example Sentences
While an assistant stood guard in a small boat, I sank to the bottom with a camera encased in a bubble-shaped underwater housing.
"Qian" here should be read the second tone.
Or how about when you go snorkeling by a school of fish and you see every single one of those fish swimming along at the same speed, they keep the same distance from each other.
Where is the hidden opportunity in the changes being forced on you?
"Yeah, I like diving.I am sure one of us can dive further than you.""Oh,yeah?