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Word and Radical Components of 闪电

The Chinese word 闪电 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
闪电 shǎndiàn 1. n. lightning
2. v. to have lightning; to have lightning flashes or strikes
     外面 一直 閃電。 - There have been incessant flashes of lightning outside.
     出便 。 - There is still lightning outside.

闪电 ⇨ 闪 + 电
Component Pinyin Meanings
shǎn 1. to dodge; to evade
2. to twist; to sprain; to pull a muscle
3. to flash
4. lightning; flash
5. to sparkle; to shine
6. (dialect) to leave behind
diàn 1. electricity
2. electric; electrical
3. lightning
4. (colloquial) romantic attraction; chemistry
5. to get an electric shock; to be electrocuted
6. to make a telephone call
7. to send a telegram
8. fast; speedy

闪 ⇨ 门 + 人
Component Pinyin Meanings
mén 1. gate; door; entrance; opening
2. valve; switch
3. way of doing something, knack
     門路 - way of doing something
4. family
5. (religious) sect; school of thought
     佛門 - Buddhism
6. class; category
7. combined with keywords to form the names of scandals (from English -gate)
rén 1. usage. In print, 人 may have symmetric legs. However in handwriting, to distinguish from 入, the right leg will be shorter, the shape looking like a ʎ; in 入 the left leg is shorter.
2. man; person; people
3. human being (Homo sapiens)
4. body
5. everybody; everyone
6. physical, psychological or moral quality or condition; character; personality
7. a person associated with a particular identity or trait; -er
8. manpower; worker; employee

电 ⇨ 田 + 乚
Component Pinyin Meanings
tián 1. field; farmland
      玉米 - a corn field
2. paddy field; wet field
3. farmland in general; field
yǐn 1. to hide; to cover; to shield
2. the second of the ten heavenly stems
3. to conceal; to cover up
4. second
5. hidden; concealed
6. the quantity 1
7. profound; subtle; delicate
8. n. second, 2, B, II, beta (used for unnamed people or object, to enumarate headings in a list, for grade)
9. facts one wish to hide; feelings or troubles one wishes to keep to oneself; secret
     路人 路人 。 - Person A and person B / Person 1 and Person 2.
10. secretly; inwardly
      法語 成績 。 - He got a B in French.
     乙肝 - hepatitis B
11. n. (chemistry) ethyl