Chinese character

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Chinese character

n.
1. Any of the set of symbols used to write Chinese, each of which represents a single, usually monosyllabic word or morpheme.
2. Any of these symbols used to write the words, morphemes, or sounds of other languages, as one of the kanji of Japanese.
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Translations
caractère chinois
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The Japanese also use kanji or "Han characters" borrowed from Chinese, together with two syllabary systems called katakana and hiragana.
Mobile phone games could offer a way to teach Han characters to children in rural.
Unlike languages with alphabetic writing systems, the Chinese language uses Han characters, which correspond to a syllable or, sometimes, a word.
The lead non-Han characters, on the other hand, are violators of the same social mores, laws, and values dear to the Han characters. Displaying animal-like barbarity, they prioritize the carnal over the mind and spirit, abandoning themselves to lust and impetuously acting on their emotional impulses.
Non-Han characters, on the other hand, are violators of the social, juridical, and familial codes, laws, mores, and values dear to the Han characters. In contrast to the civilized Han, they frequently display animal-like barbarity and are associated with animals and animal traits.
(62) A final coda is added to this heartrending scene, should the abundant moral fortitude and respect for social propriety of the Han characters not be fully evident: Liu Taibao is shown in a heavy downpour outside the cave, struggling with the corpse of Jade-eyed Fox, giving his ferociously evil non-Han enemy a proper burial in a freshly-dug grave.
Without fail, Han characters stand out as more positive or superior when interacting with non-Hans.
In the first scene, we witness the preparation and eating of a meal (stew), in which the Han characters' use of utensils (pots, bowls, chopsticks) and strict observance of propriety by the filial daughter are foregrounded.
This corrected a large number of problems noted for some fields of the database and added many new types of data about Han characters. Implementers concerned with CJK should definitely update their Unihan.txt data to Version 4.0.1.
In China the Han characters are called Hanzi; in Japan, the Han characters are called Kanji, and in Korean, they are called Hanja.
ISO 10646 supports the character codes from many existing character sets while Unicode takes the "unification" approach of eliminating the duplicate Han characters. The ISO standard also reserves some 28,672 codes to represent all the control codes already established while Unicode reserves space for only the 65 ASCII control codes.
(4.)Although daily communications can get by using only 2,000 to 4,000 Han characters, Albertine Gaur estimates that the total number of ideograms in Chinese is around 50,000 characters; see Albertine Gaur, A History of Writing, rev.