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Meaning of 栋

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(Trad.: 棟)
Pinyin: dòng
English Definition: classifier for houses or buildings; ridgepole (old)
Chinese Definition:
①房屋的脊檩,喻能担负重任的人:栋梁。栋宇。画栋雕梁。
②量词,指房屋:一栋房子。

Total strokes: 9; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (wood) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ ] tree; wood, lumber; wooden
    • [ dōng ] east, eastern, eastward
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Example Words:
吴作栋 [ zuò dòng ]: Goh Chok Tong (1941-), Singapore businessman and politician, prime minister 1990-2004
栋梁 [ dòng liáng ]: ridgepole; ridgepole and beams; person able to bear heavy responsibility; mainstay (of organization); pillar (of state)
汗牛充栋 [ hàn niú chōng dòng ]: lit. enough books to make a pack-ox sweat or to fill a house to the rafters (idiom); fig. many books
独栋 [ dòng ]: (of a building) detached
雕梁画栋 [ diāo liáng huà dòng ]: richly ornamented (building)
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