diǎn spot; moment; dot

Made up of [ huǒ fire (as radical) radical 86, zhān to observe; to divine ]
Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

The present fire radical has replaced 'black' in the old form, suggests a black spot in divination but zhan is also a rough phonetic
Number of strokes: 9

Related characters


Also uses huǒ component: chǎo (to sauté) hēi (black) zhào (according to) zhēng (to steam) zhǔ (to cook)
Also uses zhān component: diàn (shop) tiē (to stick) zhàn (to fight) zhàn (station) zhān (to glue) zuān (to drill)

Different tone

diàn (shop) diàn (electric)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 点
Stroke order for character 点, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Proverbs

点石成金 diǎn shí chéng jīn To turn something of little worth into something of value
雷声大,雨点小 léi shēng dà, yǔ diǎn xiǎo Overly portentous. Reality does not match expectations
煽风点火 shān fēng diǎn huǒ Create a lot of trouble

Phrases

bā diǎn shí fēn 10 past 8

The illustrious Ming

It was during the Ming dynasty that China achieved many accomplishments: a vast fleet sailed the seas and made many dicoveries.; an encylopedia of the accumulated knowledge was distilled into 11,000 chapers; trade with America brought in new vegetables and cotton that were widely grown.
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