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自行车
zì xíng chē

自行车
bicycle


Definitions

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自行车zìxíngchē
     1. n. bicycle; bike
           自行車 頭盔 - bicycle helmet
           騎 自行車 - to ride a bicycle
Components
     1. self, oneself; one's own
           自顧自 - each minding his own business; each for himself
     2. certainly, of course
     3. personally
     4. since; from
           自 左 而 右 - from left to right
xíng
     1. usage. 行 itself is also used as a radical (in addition to 彳); unusually for radicals, the phonetic is placed in the middle – with 彳 on the left and 亍 on the right – corresponding to the phonetic originally b
     2. (literary or dialectal) to walk
     3. to go; to move
     4. to carry out; to execute
     5. to perform (a salute)
     6. OK; good
           行,就 這麼 定 了。 - OK, it's a deal.
     7. to be good; to work
           我 覺得 這 方法 行。 - I think this will work.
     8. to be good (opposed to bad) (usually in negative sentences, or with (m, zh, 還))
           我 成績 不 行。 - I have bad grades.
     9. to be able to do something (usually mentioned before)
     10. =====Usage notes=====
     11. Notice that when meaning “be able to do something”, 行 can only be used without a complement. This is different fromto be able to (do something).
     12. profession; industry; trade; business
     13. place for specific transaction
           銀行háng - bank lit. money store
           珠寶行háng - jewellery store
     14. line of objects; row
     15. behaviour; conduct
     16. skill from monk training
           道行héng - monk training
     17. Only used in 樹行子 (row of trees)
chē
     1. vehicle; car
     2. machine; instrument
     3. to tailor or sew using a sewing machine
           車衫 - to sew clothes with a sewing machine
     4. (Cantonese) to drive somebody; to give somebody a ride
           你 可 唔 可以 車 我 去 地鐵 站 呀? - Can you drive me to the MTR station?
     5. (Sichuanese) to rotate
     6. usage. 車 is a collective term for all types of vehicles with wheel(s). Additional morphemes are added in front to specify the type of the vehicle. For example:
           汽車 - car
           火車 - train
           自行車 - bicycle
           嬰兒車 - pram
     7. (Chinese chess) chariot; rook
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