xíng permitted; to go; to travel

Made up of [ chì step radical 60, gǔn line radical 2, dīng nail; robust; adult man ]

Note

Originally a picture of a cross-roads but changed to take two parts with idea of 'left step' and 'right foot step'. It has taken on the meaning of 'walk' and by extension 'permission to go'
Number of strokes 6

Radical

Index 144 used in: jiē (street)

< Previous radical 142 chóng Next radical 145 >

Different tone

xīng (star) xīng (prosper) xìng (surname) xìng (fortunate)

< Previous xīng Next xìng >

Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

读万卷书不如行万里路 dú wàn juǎn shū bù rú xíng wàn lǐ lù Learn from practical experience not from books
儿行千里母担忧 ér xíng qiān lǐ mǔ dān yōu When children travel far from home, mothers never stop worrying.
福无重至,祸不单行 fú wú chóng zhì, huò bú dān xíng Bad fortune is more frequent than good
横行霸道 héng xíng bà dào Being deliberately obstructive
祸不单行 huò bù dān xíng Misfortunes tend to come all at once
千里之行始于足下 qiān lǐ zhī xíng shǐ yú zú xià Perseverance will lead to eventual success

zhǔ owner; master; host

Made up of [ zhǔ dot radical 3, yù jade radical 96]

Origin

Ancient picture was of a lighted torch this has now changed to be associated with 'jade' as this is a prized treasure it implies ownership and mastery. Or it might be that Zhu (monarch) gives the phonetic.
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