shí time

Made up of [ sun; day radical 72, cùn unit of length; inch; thumb radical 41]
Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

The 'sun' in a character often suggests 'time' and 'cun' as a unit of measurement suggests measurement of time
Number of strokes 7

Related characters


Using : míng (bright) shì (is) xiāng (fragrant) chūn (spring) chāng (prosperous) mò (do not) shǔ (heat) zhě (in process of) zhuō (table) qíng (clear sky) jiàn (gap) bái (bright) jǐng (bright) céng (once) yīn (sound) jiù (old) zuì (most) yì (easy) zuó (previous) dàn (dawn) zǎo (early) wǎn (evening)
Using cùn : dé (get) duì (right) shù (tree) shè (to shoot) fēng (to confer)

Sounds same

shí (ten) shí (rock) shí (real) shí (food) shí (eat)

Different tone

shī (lion) shī shī (to lose) shī (corpse) shǐ (history) shǐ (to begin) shǐ (arrow) shǐ (pig) shì (is) shì (matter) shì (market) shì (life) shì (spirit) shì (bachelor) shì (clan name) shì (to show)

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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

常将有日思无日,莫将无时想有时 cháng jiāng yǒu rì sī wú rì, mò jiāng wú shí xiǎng yǒu shí When rich, you have time to dream, but do not dream of riches when you are poor
授人以鱼只解一时之急,授人以渔 则解一生之需 shòu rén yǐ yú zhǐ jiù yī shí zhī jí, shòu rén yǐ yú zé jiě yī shēng zhī xū It is important to learn a skill that will last for life
志不可慢时不可失 zhì bù kě màn shí bù kě shī Keep hold of your hopes and dreams, waste no time in achieving them

Phrases

时候 shí hòu time

Also

岁时 suì shí seasons

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