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Kanji Information Sheet for 差  ( PDF version of this Kanji PDF version )

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Bushu (Radical) Info:
工 (たくみ) – craft
羊 (ひつじ) – sheep
Henshall Mnemonic: sheep on left is different
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 4
Frequency: #449 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  • す   [さす]
    (v5s) to raise (stretch out) hands; to raise umbrella   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうさてん]
    (n) crossing; intersection   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  • げる   [さしあげる]
    (v1) (pol) to give; to hold up; to lift up; to offer   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [さべつ]
    (n,vs) discrimination; distinction; differentiation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さ]
    (n,n-suf) difference; variation   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  • え   [さしつかえ]
    (n) hindrance; impediment   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • し   [ものさし]
    (n) ruler; measure   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうさ]
    (n,vs) cross   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • き   [さしひき]
    (n) deduction; subtraction; balance; ebb and flow; rise and fall   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  • かる   [さしかかる]
    (v5r) to come near to; to approach   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [ゆびさす]
    (v5s) to point at   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • える   [さしつかえる]
    (v1) to interfere; to hinder; to become impeded   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [さしだす]
    (v5s) to present; to submit; to tender; to hold out   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さい]
    (n) difference; disparity   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さがく]
    (n) balance; difference; margin   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ごさ]
    (n) measurement error; calculation error   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じさ]
    (n) time difference   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かくさ]
    (n) qualitative difference; disparity   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [へんさち]
    (n) deviation value   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • える   [さしひかえる]
    (v1) to be moderate; to not do too much   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • め   [さしとめ]
    (n) prohibition; ban; suspension   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [うんでいのさ]
    (n) wide difference   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • べる   [さしのべる]
    (v1) to hold out; to extend; to stretch; to reach out for; to thrust (javelin)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんさ]
    (n) point spread   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • たり   [さしあたり]
    (adv) for the time being; at present   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [さしもどす]
    (v5s) to send back; to refer back   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さえき]
    (n) marginal profits   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さしだしにん]
    (n) sender   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ひとさしゆび]
    (n) index finger   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ものさし]
    (n) ruler; measure   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たいさ]
    (n) great difference   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • し   [まなざし]
    (n) a look   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • し   [ひざし]
    (n) sunlight; rays of the sun   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こじんさ]
    (n) individual differences; personal equation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうさ]
    (n) slight difference   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [むさべつ]
    (adj-na,n) without discrimination   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [らくさ]
    (n) a head (of water); a difference   [K] [D] [Jisho]
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The sofware used to generate this kanji information uses the EDICT and KANJIDIC files. These files are the property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group at Monash University and are used in conformance with the Group's license.

NOTE: I converted the sources just mentioned years ago and have never really updated so there may be some missing or incorrect information that has been addressed in the original sources but not here.

The first Stroke Order image used on this page is courtesy of Ulrich Apel's excellent open source KanjiVG project. The second image is from the folks at the excellent Jisho Japanese-English dictionary site and it too is based on KanjiVG.

Classifying the kanji and popular vocabulary by the new JLPT levels was done by consulting Jonathan Waller‘s JLPT Resources page, renshuu, Wictionary, and Nihongo Ichiban.

The Henshall Mnemonics are the copyright of Tuttle Publishing and are the result of the hard work by Professor Henshall. See the list I used here.

If you are curious about the lexicography shown in the word definitions, visit the WWWJDIC abbreviations and codes guide and the JMdict/Edict Lexicographical details page.