diǎn spot; moment; dot

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


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

Using huǒ : zhǔ (to cook) hēi (black)
Using zhān : zhàn (station) zhān (to glue) zhàn (to fight) diàn (inn) zuān (to drill) tiē (to stick)

Different tone

diàn (inn)

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


点石成金 diǎn shí chéng jīn To work something of no worth into something of value
雷声大,雨点小 léi shēng dà, yǔ diǎn xiǎo Overly portentous. Reality did not match expectation
煽风点火 shān fēng diǎn huǒ Create a lot of trouble


八点十分 bā diǎn shí fēn 10 past 8

Birth stars

There was a traditional Chinese belief that everyone had an associated birth star. Almanacs would list which particular star is associated with a particular birthday. Everyone would learn to locate and venerate their star in the heavens.
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Chinese proverb


Dào gāo chǐ, mó gāo zhàng [dao gao yi chi, mo gao yi zhang]
virtue tall one foot, devil tall ten foot
Where good flourishes, evil can flourish even more
There is always opportunity for evil to take root
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