Meaning of 钻

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(Trad.: 鑽)
Total strokes: 10; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (metal) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
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    • [ jīn ] gold, metal; money
    • [ zhàn ] to divine; to observe; to versify
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  • Pinyin: zuān
    English Definition: to drill; to bore; to get into; to make one's way into; to enter (a hole); to thread one's way through; to study intensively; to dig into; to curry favor for personal gain
    Chinese Definition:

    Example Words:
    钻研 zuān yán to study meticulously; to delve into
    钻探 zuān tàn drilling
    钻营 zuān yíng toadying for personal gain; to curry favor; to study in great depth
    钻心 zuān xīn to sneak in; to infiltrate; to be piercingly painful; to be unbearable (of pain, itch etc)
    钻空子 zuān kòng zi lit. to drill a hole; to take advantage of a loophole; to exploit an advantage; to seize the opportunity (esp. to do sth bad)
    More: 钻* | *钻 | *钻*
  • Pinyin: zuàn
    English Definition: an auger; diamond
    Chinese Definition:
    Example Words:
    钻石 zuàn shí diamond; Classifiers:
    钻戒 zuàn jiè diamond ring; Classifiers:
    钻头 zuàn tóu drill bit
    电钻 diàn zuàn electric drill
    风钻 fēng zuàn pneumatic drill; jackhammer
    More: 钻* | *钻 | *钻*
Example Sentences
This machine requires drilling.
He enjoys delving into Japanese culture.
Diamond is one of the hardest minerals.
It takes some slow crawling to get through this hole.
We need to get to the root of this problem.