xià down; below


Used as component in : xiā
Similar looking characters : bù (no; not)

Note

An abstract notion of something below a line. Also used as a measure word for how many times a brief action occurs
Number of strokes: 3

Sounds same

xià (summer)

Different tone

xiā (shrimp)

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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

不耻下问 bù chǐ xià wèn There is no shame in asking help of those less fortunate
对症下药 duì zhèng xià yào Take the right measures to solve a problem and achieve the desired result
落井下石 luò jǐng xià shí To add needlessly to someone's misfortunes
骑虎难下 qí hǔ nán xià When taking risks you have to live with the consequences, it is difficult to back out
千里之行始于足下 qiān lǐ zhī xíng shǐ yú zú xià Perseverance will lead to eventual success
天下没有不散的宴席 tiān xià méi yǒu bù sàn de yàn xí Good fortune can not last for ever

Phrases

xià gè xīng qī Next week
xià gè yuè Next month
xià wǔ Afternoon
I Ching (Yi Jing) ancient Chinese fortune telling

I Ching (Yi Jing) ancient Chinese fortune telling

Culture

In ancient China the Emperor would do very little without consulting the Yi Jing (I Ching). The Imperial court had experts to interpret the answers given by this method of Divination. Because it produces a set for 'now' and also a 'change' it is called the Book of Changes and contains explanations of the transformation.
Fish for good fortune

Fish for good fortune

Culture

Fish ( ) have been a frequently used symbol for good fortune for centuries. This is because means ?surplus; abundance? and so a picture of a fish is a wish for prosperity. They are often eaten at Chinese New Year partly as a symbol for a wish for abundance in the coming year.
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