三

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  1. 三 is the 125th most frequent character.
  2. 三 has 2 dictionary entries.
  3. 三 appears as a character in 156 words.
  4. 三 appears as a component in 6 characters.

Decomposition:

Once :
三 => 一, 二
Radical :
三 => 一 (one), 二 (two)
Graphical :
三 => 一, 二

Pinyin & Meaning:

  1. San1 - surname San
  2. san1 - three/3

Pronunciation Clues:

  1. There are no phonetic clues for this character.

Example Words:

High Frequency

三 

Medium Frequency

三亚 (三亞)
三分之一 
三十 
三岔口 
三峡 (三峽)
三文鱼 (三文魚)
三星 
三更半夜 
三月 
三生有幸 
三角 
三里屯 
初三 
十三 
年三十 
星期三 
周三 (週三)

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三 also appears in:

更

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Meta:

  1. 更 is the 221st most frequent character.
  2. 更 has 2 dictionary entries.
  3. 更 appears as a character in 28 words.
  4. 更 appears as a component in 11 characters.

Decomposition:

Once :
更 => 一, No glyph available
Radical :
更 => 一 (one), 日 (sun/day), 丨 (line), 乂 (N/A)
Graphical :
更 => 一, 口, 一, 丨, 乂

Pinyin & Meaning:

  1. geng1 - to change or replace/to experience/one of the five two hour periods into which the night was formerly divided/watch (e.g. of a sentry or guard)
  2. geng4 - more/even more/further/still/still more

Pronunciation Clues:

  1. Pronunciation clue for 更 (geng1): The component 丨 is pronounced as 'gun3'. It has the same pinyin initial.
  2. Pronunciation clue for 更 (geng4): The component 丨 is pronounced as 'gun3'. It has the same pinyin initial.

Example Words:

High Frequency

更 
更新 

Medium Frequency

更加 

半

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  1. 半 is the 513th most frequent character.
  2. 半 has 1 dictionary entry.
  3. 半 appears as a character in 103 words.
  4. 半 appears as a component in 13 characters.

Decomposition:

Once :
半 => No glyph available, 丷
Radical :
半 => 二 (two), 丨 (line), 丷 (eight/divide)
Graphical :
半 => 二, 丨, 丷

Pinyin & Meaning:

  1. ban4 - half/semi-/incomplete/(after a number) and a half

Pronunciation Clues:

  1. Pronunciation clue for 半 (ban4): The component 丷 is pronounced as 'ba1'. It has the same pinyin initial.

Example Words:

High Frequency

一半 
半 
半夜 

Medium Frequency

三更半夜 
上半年 
下半年 
半价 (半價)
半场 (半場)
半天 
半岛 (半島)
半死 
半决赛 (半決賽)
半生 
半路 
半辈子 (半輩子)
半点 (半點)
多半 
夜半 
大半 
过半 (過半)

夜

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Meta:

  1. 夜 is the 664th most frequent character.
  2. 夜 has 1 dictionary entry.
  3. 夜 appears as a character in 84 words.
  4. 夜 appears as a component in 3 characters.

Decomposition:

Once :
夜 => 亠, No glyph available
Radical :
夜 => 亠 (lid), 亻 (human), 夂 (go), 丶 (dot)
Graphical :
夜 => 一, 丶, ㇒, 丨, ㇇, ㇏, ㇒, 丶

Pinyin & Meaning:

  1. ye4 - night

Pronunciation Clues:

  1. There are no phonetic clues for this character.

Example Words:

High Frequency

夜 
夜间 (夜間)

Medium Frequency

今夜 
午夜 
半夜 
夜夜 
夜宵 
夜店 
夜晚 
夜景 
夜班 
夜空 
夜里 (夜裡)
夜猫子 (夜貓子)
宵夜 
年夜 
年夜饭 (年夜飯)
日夜 
昨夜 
深夜 
熬夜 
黑夜 

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夜 also appears in:
Decomposition Levels:
Level 1: Only divided once. So only two components.
Level 2: Radical Decomposition. The character gets decomposed into its lowest radical components. For the complete list visit the Radical wikipedia page.
Level 3: Graphical Decomposition. Shows all the strokes & lowest level of components that make up the character.
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