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The Chinese word 指 is analysed below into its constituent words and the words into radicals. By seeing the breakdown of the word in this way you can more easily learn and recognise the word.


Component Pinyin Meanings
zhǐ 1. finger
     手指 - finger
2. to point; to aim
     指出 - to point out
      - to point at a person
3. to indicate; to show; to demonstrate
4. to refer to; to mean
      舒服。 - Refers to being uncomfortable.
5. to rely on; to depend on

指 ⇨ 扌 + 旨
Component Pinyin Meanings
shǒu 1. hand
2. expert; master
     高手 - master
3. -ist; -er
     歌手 - singer
4. convenient; handy
     手機 - mobile phone
     手冊 - handbook
zhǐ 1. purpose, aim
2. excellent

旨 ⇨ 匕 + 日
Component Pinyin Meanings
1. spoon, ladle
2. knife, dirk
1. (literary or dialectal) sun
2. daytime
3. (literary or dialectal) day
4. everyday
5. day of the month
6. Short for 日本 (Japan; Japanese; Nippo-:)
     中日 詞典 - Chinese-Japanese dictionary
7. (vulgar) to fuck