Word and Radical Components of 汽车

The Chinese word 汽车 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
汽车 qìchē 1. n. automobile; motor vehicle
     汽車 駕駛員 - motorist
     汽車 修理工 - auto mechanic
2. n. bus; coach

汽车 ⇨ 汽 + 车
Component Pinyin Meanings
1. steam, vapor, gas
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
      可以 地鐵 ? - 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

汽 ⇨ 氵 + 气
Component Pinyin Meanings
氵 (水) 1.
1. steam
2. air; gas
3. beg
     天然氣 - natural gas
4. to request
     出去 透氣! - Go out to breathe fresh air!
5. (Min) to give
     輪胎 。 - The tire is leaking gas.
6. breath
     喘不過氣 - to be out of breath
      戰鬥 最后 。 - I will fight to my last breath.
7. (Chinese philosophy) qi; vital energy; life force
8. smell; odour
     氣味 - smell
      廚炊 煙火 衣服 去掉 。 - It is difficult to remove the smell of cooking from clothes.
9. weather
     天氣 - weather
10. to get angry
     生氣 - to get angry
11. to make angry, to annoy
      ! - Don't annoy me!
12. to breathe
      男人 - manly

车 ⇨ 一 + + 十
Component Pinyin Meanings
1. Shuōwén Jiězì radical №1
2. one
3. each; every
4. single; alone
5. whole; entire; all: throughout
6. same; identical
7. (With the verb modified reduplicated, expressing the transience of the verb.)
8.    (Indicating that the action has occurred only once.)
9.    (Indicating the intention to try.)
10. once; as soon as; upon
shí 1. ten
2. (figurative) topmost; utmost
3. (figurative) complete