The Radical: 糸

thread    糸


Used in these Kanji:
JLPT 3Joyo 1
ito, SHI

Image of a spinning wheel for making the thread: At the bottom are three legs, above the horizontal spindle with yarn and a thread guide.
JLPT 3Joyo 2
picture, drawing
Left: thread , right: to meet (The person and two noses have a meeting.)
(derived from a embroidered =stitched picture:) The threads meet in a picture.
JLPT 4Joyo 2
kami, SHI
Left: thread , right: family - (Here see as a scooping grid of papermaking)
Use fibers (= threads) and a scooping grid for making paper. (Or: Threads become a 'family' in: paper.)
JLPT 3Joyo 2
group, team, assembly
kumi, kumu, SO
Left: thread , right: addition, moreover (A pile of stones (= a stone cairn) where moreover stones are added.)
Take threads (around the) pile of stones to assemble them as a group.
JLPT 3Joyo 3
rank, grade, class
Left: thread , right: to reach (person with a hand that grasps something)
The thread (i.e. at the uniform) shows the reached (= achieved) rank/grade.
JLPT 3Joyo 2
narrow, thin, fine
hosoi, komakai, SAI
Left: thread , right: field (Is understood here as a large rice field with four inner water or flooding areas separated by dams or paths )
Like threads are the dams within the rice field: so narrow.
JLPT 4Joyo 3
owaru, SHŪ
Left: thread (here: thread of life), right: winter (With twisted feet (or sitting cross-legged) on the ice: it's winter.)
The thread of life finds in winter its end.
JLPT 3Joyo 2
line, (railway) track, wire
Left: thread , right: spring/fountain (= white water )
Like a thread flows the spring's water: in a line. (Or: The thread in white water is a [fishing] line.)
JLPT 3Joyo 3
green, verdure
midori, RYOKU, ROKU
Left: thread (here: plant fiber), right: extrude (= a pressing hand ヨ lets liquid drop out.)
When plant fibers are pressed the extruding liquid is green.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
record, period, chronicle
Left: thread , right: self (Following the winding path I find myself) - (By making knots in a thread you can record information like distances)
The thread itself (by knots) records periods.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
supply, provision, salary, bestow
tamau, KYŪ
Left: thread , right: to meet/fit (The lid fits on the pot .)
A thread that fits was supplied.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
tie, knot, fasten, join
musubu, yuu, KETSU
Left: thread , right: luck/joy (A samurai with a full mouth is happy .)
Threads of joy tie us.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
continue, follow, series
tsuzuku, ZOKU
Left: thread , right: sell (A Samurai with two legs is behind a sales desk and sells.)
(Because threads are endless:) The threads are sold continously.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
mago, SON
Left: child , right: lineage, system (A stroke as the thread for the lineage.)
The child that is connected by the special [= accent as emphasis] thread of lineage is my grandchild.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
about, promise, approximate
Left: thread , right: ladle
The thread at the ladle reminds of a promise.
JLPT 3Joyo 3
to train, practice, drill, elaborate, knead, military drill
neru, REN
Left: thread , right: east (sunrise in the east behind a tree )
With endurance (long as a thread) and already at the early morning (sun is still behind the trees) we shall do our training.
JLPT 2Joyo 5
longitude, Sutra, pass
heru, tatsu, KEI, KYŌ
Left: thread , right: vertical (A hand is vertically above the ground )
(developed from the vertical warp threads at the loom) A thread with a vertical orientation stands for the longitude or the Sutra.
JLPT 1Joyo 5
clean, clear, pure
isagiyoi, KETSU
Left: water , right: tally stick , (pairwise marked sticks were distributed at the conclusion and joined again after implementation of an agreement), sword , thread (here: a cloth)
With water, a tally stick, a sword and cloth it can be cleaned.
JLPT 1Joyo 6
kinu, KEN
Left: thread , right: [Chinese only: small worm] 肙 (The mouth is as big as the body /.)
A thread coming from an orifice of a body is silk.
JLPT 1Joyo 5
weave, fabric
Left: thread , center: sound (Stand up into the day with music [of the clock radio?]), right: halberd
(Looms are noisy:) Threads cause sounds like halberds when being weaved.
JLPT 2Joyo 5
to spin (a textile) achievement, technique
Left: thread , right: liability, responsibility (... for growing plants and money )
Threads have the "responsibility" to be used for spinning.
JLPT 2Joyo 5
discontinue, exterminate, cease, end
taeru, ZETSU
Left: thread , right: color (top: bent person , below: var. of slumped Person [In kniting often a colored thread is used do indicate the last row/border.]
The thread is in color to discontinue or end (the fabric).
JLPT 1Joyo 5
(chemical) element, elementary, base, plain
moto, SO, SU
Top: growing plant , bottom: thread (= fiber)
Growing plants consist of fibers, which are their (chemical) elements.
JLPT 2Joyo 5
altogether, whole, total, general
Left: thread , right: public (Eight noses form the public.), heart
A thread wound around the public's hearts ties them altogether.
JLPT 1Joyo 5
unification, unity, supervision, govern, lineage
Left: thread , right: fill (The new born baby [child turned upside down, because at birth with head first] flounders with its legs to be 'filled' [= to be fed].)
If threads are filled in, it's a unification.
JLPT 2Joyo 5
compile, knit, edit, book
amu, HEN
Left: thread , right: door plate (= a door with a writing tablet )
Use a thread and book covers and pages to make a compilation.
JLPT 2Joyo 5
wata, MEN
Left: thread/fibers , right: 帛 (= white cloth/fabric )
The threads of the white cloths are: cotton.
JLPT 1Joyo 6
home town, village, rural
Left: var. of thread , rest: variation of husband (= The 'good' from the village , but here with "not good" )
The thread of the 'husband' connects to the hometown.
JLPT 1Joyo 6
lineage, system
Top: accent, emphasis , below: thread
A emphasized thread is symbol for the lineage.
JLPT 2Joyo 6
red, crimson
kurenai, beni, KŌ, KU
Left: thread , right: craftsman
(On construction sites there are red tapes to cordon off hazardous areas.) The thread of the craftsman is crimson-red.
JLPT 1Joyo 6
vertical, length
Left: thread , right: follow, obey (Go out but correctly and obedient.)
(At the loom:) The threads of "obedience= " [= warp-thread, to which the rest follows] are vertical.
JLPT 1Joyo 6
shrink, reduce, shorten
chijimu/meru, SHUKU
Left: thread , right: accommodation/lodge 宿 (Below a roof with persons in hundreds )
(The laundry was washed too hot:) The threads in the lodge have been shrunk.
JLPT 2Joyo 6
genuine, purity, innocence
Left: thread , right: barracks (Where growing shoots 屮 pierced the ground they built a barracks.)
(The uniform is tidy.) The threads in the barracks are in genuine purity.
JLPT 1Joyo 6
agreement, delivery, consent, settlement, obtain
osameru, NŌ, NA, NATSU, TŌ
Left: thread , right: inside (A person within a frame is inside.)
When the thread is inside, it has been delivered according to the agreement.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
connection, fiber, fasten, rope
Left: thread , right: bird
(Such that it does not fly away) The thread at a bird is a connection: a fiber to fasten.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
latitude, east-west, weft(textile)
Left: thread , right: averted from the center (var. of 5 , center , 5 (upside down)= twice five averted from center
Threads away from the center (at a loom) are wefts and stand for latitude. (in contrast to the longitude )
JLPT 1Joyo 7
rim, edge, ties, relation, fate, karma
fuchi, EN
Left: thread , right: hand ヨ and: pig
If you are bound by a thread at the hand like a pig, you are on the edge, and that is your fate.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
loosen, slacken, lessen, ease
yurui/mu/meru/yaka, KAN
Left: thread , right: (Chinese only) to help (a hand reaches down to give a rope [with two knots] and another hand takes this help.)
(On the loom, the tension should not be too high:) The thread is helpful if it is loose.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
examine, entwine
Left: thread , right: twisted (pictograph: two intertwined threads).
The thread is twisted: Examine it!
JLPT 1Joyo 7
tight, solid, tense, compact, to tie
Top: retainer and: hand , below: thread
Around the retainer's hands is a thread to tie them tightly.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
winding, reel, count
Left: thread , right: bird's chirping (actually beaks , but here: spindle/reel and: tree )
Threads are put on spindles made of wood by winding.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
patch (at cloth), inherit, follow
tsugu, mama-, KEI
From left: thread , corner ∟, rice
With the thread onto the corner-like tear ∟ [at the clothes] a patch is added as a layer to follow.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
cocoon (of the silkworm)
mayu, KEN
Top: plant , below: cocoon with two chambers, inside: thread and insect
Under a plant, the thread of an insect forms: A cocoon.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
strangle, wring, constrict
shiboru, shimeru,
Left: thread , right: mix/exchange (Image of a person sitting cross-legged)
When threads are mixed (i.e. in a woven fabric), then they "strangle" each others and the fabric can be wrung.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
cable, line, rope
Left: thread , right: hill (Caught in a trawl/dragnet (with pull lines ) the mountain turns into a hill.)
If you have as many threads like a "hill", it could be a rope.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
dark blue, navy-blue
Left: thread , right: sweet (image of an open mouth 廿 with something sweet between teeth)
The thread is sweet and dark blue.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
cord, string, rope, search, seek
From top: ten , cover , thread
Ten covered threads make that string/rope, you were searching for.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
purple, violet
murasaki, SHI
Top: this 此 (to stop and sitting person ), below: thread
Stop at the person with the threads in: purple.
JLPT 2Joyo 7
connection, thong, cord, beginning, string
Left: thread , right: person (is used at: に【いっしょに】, where the one thread makes the persons to be connected.)
A thread (or bond) between persons is their connection.
JLPT 2Joyo 7
recommendation, introduce, present, inherit
Left: thread , right: call/summon (with sword and mouth )
Like a thread to call sb.: The recommendation.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
rope, cord
Left: thread , right: At the rope maker the rope is clamped in two holding jaws for being twisted.
Threads are clamped twice to make/twist a rope.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
Gentleman, gentry
Left: thread , right: say/tell (A mouth with a big "plus" + for the outgoing surplus when talking.)
(Wheater he has good clothes?) The thread tells a lot about the gentleman.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
fine, slender, fiber, slim
Left: thread , right: halberd with ten , hollow (= hollow vent of an extinct vulcano)
Like 'threads' are the ten hollow halberds: such fine.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
darning, repair, fix, patch
tsukurou, ZEN
Left: thread , right: goodness (A sheep , that stands and opens the mouth has goodness and is virtuous.)
A thread has the 'goodness' for darning/repairing.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
bind, tighten, tie, lock, fasten
shimaru/meru, TEI
Left: thread , right: emperor (Stand up and cover with cloth , the emperor comes.)
A thread connects you to the emperor as a binding.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
bind, tie, restrict, restrain, truss, arrest
shibaru, BAKU
Left:thread , right: var. of wholly, excluive (The soil is penetrated by a (sole) sprout in the rice field , cared for by a skillful hand , which is exclusive)
(The purpose of) A thread is wholly for binding sth.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
abundance, luxuriant, profuse, prosper, voluptuous
shigeru, HAN
Top: agile, quick, intelligent (when everybody strikes ), below: thread
(Threads were made from plant fibers [such as flax / linum] by strikes.) If everybody strikes we will get threads: in abundance.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
distract, confusion, stray, be diverted, be mistaken for, go astray
magireru/rasu/rawashii, FUN
Left: thread , right: divide (with eight swords )
Threads that were divided can easily be confused.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
sew, stitch, embroider
From left: thread , movement , pointed, needle-shaped (When sitting cross-legged on the peak of a growing plant 丰, you feel it pointed. )
The thread gets pointed (= provided with a pointed needle) and is moved when: sewing.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
spin (yarn)
Left: thread (i.e. of the wool), right: direction
Bring the thread in a common direction, when: spinning.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
net, network, dragnet
Left: thread , right: image of a trawl/dragnet (net with a pull lines ), inside: death (= coffin in cross section)
With threads a dragnet for 'dead fishing' is made, which stands in general for: a net.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
family's emblem, escutcheon, pattern
Left: thread , right: text, sentence - Similar to 'picture ' (= Threads meet in the embroidered picture.) also the family's emblem is stitched.
Threads form the 'text' in a family's emblem or a textile pattern.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
gauze, net, thin silk
Top: net , below: connection, fiber (The thread at the bird is its connection [.. such that it does not fly away].)
A net made of fibers of thin silk.
JLPT 2Joyo 7
entwine, connect, involve
karamu/maru, RAKU
Left: thread , right: each (With crossed legs on a cushion sits everybody.)
The threads are all entwined.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
implication, accumulate, trouble
Top: field , below: thread
A whole field of threads causes bad implications.
JLPT -Joyo 7
rip, be torn apart, to open out, opened seam
hokorobiru, TAN
Left: thread , right: fix, decide (Under the roof we have correct rules for our decitions.)
The thread has fixed it, but now it is ripped open.
JLPT -Joyo 7
fine (not coarse), tiny, precise
Left: thread , right: do, lead to (reach-a-target [an arrow falling to ground ], hit, strike [Here: freely interpreted as a pinhole of a needle])
If a thread is reached to be in a pinhole , it must be: fine and you acted precise.

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