yǐ to use; according to; so as to

Made up of [ rén person radical 9, hidden; concealed; small radical 5]

Note

An old pictograph of a mouth making a sound, no connection with current borrowed meaning
Number of strokes 4

Related characters


Using rén : zuò (seat) chá (tea) jīn (modern) zuò (sit) cóng (from) zhòng (many) jiǔ (long time) lìng (to order) shí (eat) shè (residence) huì (can) hé (why)
Using : kǒng (great) chī (to eat) xí (to practice) 亿 yì (100,000,000) lǐ (ceremony) mài (sell) yì (skill) yì (to recollect) yě (also) mǎi (buy) jiǔ (nine) lìng (to order) hé (why)

Sounds same

yǐ (hidden) yǐ (chair) yǐ (already)

Different tone

yī (one) yī (doctor) yī (clothes) yī (clothes) yí (proper) yì (easy) 亿 yì (100,000,000) yì (justice) yì (also) yì (city) yì (catch) yì (skill) yì (to recollect) yì (idea) yì (different)

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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

日以继夜 rì yǐ jì yè Working without a break. Exhausted
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
星星之火可以燎原 xīng xīng zhī huǒ kě yǐ liáo yuán Need for great care and meticulous planning
以卵击石 yǐ luǎn tóu shí Overrate strength and be defeated. An ill-judged contest
Chinese proverb

Proverb

Yú gōng yí shān [yu gong yi shan]
foolish man move mountain
The foolish old man who moved mountains?. The old story is that an old man wanted to move a mountain that blocked his path. Despite widespread cynicism he and his descendents gradually wore down the mountain
Anything can be achieved with persistence

Many writing styles

The Chinese art of calligraphy has many different styles. There are ancient styles such as the Small seal script that dates back 2,000 years and then there is the grass script for faster writing. Calligraphy is considered one of the highest artistic accomplishments; the meaning of a character can be reinforced by the style of strokes used to write it. However, works of calligraphy can be hard to read and so styles that use clearer character outlines are used in books and newspapers. Recently a 1,000 year old piece of calligraphy fetched over $30 million at auction.
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