The Radical: 力

power force    力


Used in these Kanji:
JLPT 5Joyo 1
man, male
otoko, DAN, NAN
Top: rice paddy , bottom: power (hand or arm with biceps )
In the rice paddy you need the power of a man.
JLPT 4Joyo 1
strength, effort
chikara, RYOKU, RIKI
A hand or arm with an extra part for the strength of the biceps
With a strengthened arm you have power.
JLPT 3Joyo 3
help, assist, aid
tasukeru, JO
Left: in addition, moreover (A pile of stones (= a stone cairn) where moreover stones are added.), right: strength (hand/arm with biceps )
(For making a pile of stones) Additional strength would be a help.
JLPT 3Joyo 3
win, beat, surpass
katsu, masaru, SHŌ
Combination of imperial majesty and strength - BETTER: flesh/meat /, = fire with BBQ-grate , power
If you barbeque your meat on a BBQ-grate over a fire you will have power to win.
JLPT 4Joyo 3
Left: heavy (composed of vehicle with double wheels), right: strength/power (hand/arm with biceps )
For a heavy vehicle, you need force to move it.
JLPT 4Joyo 3
strive, endeavour, exertion
Left: escape, permit (an escaping rabbit 兔=兎=[うさぎ] - long ear , big eyes , legs ), right: strength (hand/arm with biceps )
For escaping you need strength and (you succeed when:) you strive hard.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
add, append, join
kuwaeru, KA
Left: power , right: mouth
(It is meant, to eat sth.) For getting power your mouth needs sth. to be 'added'.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
cooperate, arrangement
Left: ten , right: 劦 (= 3x force/strength )
10 x 3 forces cooperate.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
merit, achievement, service
Left: craftsman , right: strength/effort (hand/arm with biceps )
A craftsman with strength achieves merits.
JLPT 2Joyo 5
energy, force, power
ikioi, SEI
Top left: earth , eight , earth/soil ; right: round (sth. nine--sided needs an extra accent to become round.), below: force, strength
Eight layers of soil piled up all around with effort need a lot of energy.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
make efforts, endeavor, to strive
tsutomeru, DO
Top: guy, slave (women's--hands made me to a guy, but also to a slave.), bottom: strength (hand/arm with biceps )
The slave has enough strength to make an effort.
JLPT 4Joyo 4
work, serve
Left: person /, right: to move (For sth. heavy you need strength for moving.)
The person moves (= sth. heavy with force) at work.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
brave, courage, spirited, valiant, heroism
Top: bent person , bottom: man (= the field's strength )
The bent person acts like a man: brave and with courage.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
labor, trouble, toil

From top: Light , cover (together: crown ) and strength (hand/arm with biceps )
The crown above the force stands for the fulfilled labor.
JLPT 1Joyo 5
congratulation, celebration
Top: to add (For getting power your mouth needs sth. to be 'added' [=to eat]), below: money (Image of a shell with two feelers )
You should add money to congratulations.
JLPT 2Joyo 5
effect, efficacy, benefit, positiv result
Left: exchange, crossing (image of a person sitting cross-legged), right: strength
The exchange of forces causes the beneficial effect.
JLPT 2Joyo 5
duty, work, play your part
tsutomeru, MU
Left: spear (developed from the image of a barbed lance [not to be mistaken with 'beforehand': ]), right: hit/strike (hand with a stick ), strength/force
The spear hits with force: That's its duty.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
persuade, advise, encourage
susumeru, KAN
Left: bird with double cockscomb as a proud rooster; right: force/strength (hand/arm ナ with biceps )
The proud rooster has the strength to persuade me.
JLPT 2Joyo 6
work, duty, serve
tsutomeru, KIN
Left: blooming plant (plant with 2 blossoms ロロ at growing plant ), right: strength/force
Blooming plants give me strength for my work.
JLPT 1Joyo 6
muscle, sinew, line, vein
suji, KIN
Top: bamboo , bottom: bodypart / and strength/force
Bamboo as well as the body develops the strength through muscles and sinews.
JLPT 2Joyo 6
childish, infancy
Left: part of thread (therefore: torn thread), right: strength (hand/arm ナ with biceps )
To tear/break a thread with force is childish.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
investigate (of crime), censure
Left: zodiac boar cf. pig / , right: strength
You need a pig's strength to investigate that crime.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
consideration, intuition, perception, investigate, sense
Left: extreme, excessive (sweets [mouth with sth. in] and 'equal' [box with two identical bales] are extraordinary.), right: strength/effort (hand/arm ナ with biceps )
Make extreme efforts in your considerations.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
threaten, frighten, coerce
odosu, obiyakasu, KYŌ
Top: 3x strength , below: body /
The threefold strength of this body is threatening.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
meritorious deed, merit
Top: move (For sth. heavy you need strength for moving.), bottom: fire
Move the fire. That's a meritorious deed.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
imperial edict
Left: bundle (Things , strapped with a ribbon to a bundle), right: strength/effort
A bundle of strength is the imperial edict.
JLPT 2Joyo 7
recruit (employees), enlistings, raise (funds)
tsunoru, BO
Top: sinking, going down (The sun is sinking among plants ,=), below: strength/effort [Watch out: Sunrise is: or ]
With sinking strength we need (more) recruiting.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
encourage, strive. be diligent
hagemu/masu, REI
Left: 厉 (cliff , 10,000 ), right: strength/effort
A cliff exuding tenthousendfold strength is encouraging.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
be inferior, worse
otoru, RETSU
Top: few/little , below: strength
Too little strength makes you inferior.
JLPT -Joyo 7
rise, occur suddenly, agile
Left: combination of ten and: letter, writing , right: strength
Ten letters describing his strength appear suddenly.
JLPT -Joyo 7
aside, another place
Left: body part /, right: 3 x strength (hand/arm ナ with biceps )
A body with triple strength is at my side.

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