Meaning of 闰

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(Trad.: 閏)
Pinyin: rùn
English Definition: intercalary; an extra day or month inserted into the lunar or solar calendar (such as February 29)
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 7; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (royal decree) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Surround from above
    • [ mén ] gate, door, entrance, opening
    • [ wáng ] king, ruler; royal; surname
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Example Words
闰年 rùn nián leap year; (lunar calendar) year with a thirteen intercalary month
闰月 rùn yuè intercalary month in the lunar calendar; leap month
敖闰 áo rùn Dragon King of the West Sea, Ao Run, also Ao Ji (敖吉 )
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Example Sentences
In practice, though, many people will be watching the television or an analogue clock, and will not notice the leap second at all.
One proposal to get around this was to allow UTC to wander away from the astronomical time UT1 and then in a few hundred years make a big jump - a "leap hour" - to bring the two back into sync.
When the earth slows down, scientists add leap seconds to our clocks.
The last time a leap second was added was in the dying moments of 2005.
This is more of an issue in the far east, where the leap second occurs in the middle of the day, and when one is inserted at the end of June and hence often on a working day.