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

stroke order illustration  
point to
put into
play (chess)
measure (ruler)

Bushu (Radical) Info: 手 (て) – hand
Henshall Mnemonic: person sits pointing at sun with finger
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 3
Frequency: #155 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N4 Words

JLPT N3 Words

  • す   [さす]
    (v5s) to point; to put up umbrella; to play   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しどう]
    (n,vs) leadership; guidance; coaching   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [してい]
    (n,vs) designation; specification; assignment; pointing at   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こゆび]
    (n) little finger   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おやゆび]
    (n) thumb   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [なかゆび]
    (n) middle finger   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [めざす]
    (v5s) to aim at; to have an eye on   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [くすりゆび]
    (n) ring finger   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [しき]
    (n) command; direction   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [ゆびさす]
    (v5s) to point at   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しじ]
    (n,vs) indication; instruction; directions   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さしず]
    (n) instruction; mandate   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [してき]
    (n,vs) pointing out; identification   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しれい]
    (n) orders; instructions; directive   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [がくしゅうしどうようりょう]
    government course (curriculum) guidelines   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [くっし]
    (adj-no,n) leading; foremost; preeminent; outstanding; one of the best   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さっきょうしすう]
    rice-crop index   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [さししめす]
    (v5s) to indicate; to show; to point to   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しきしゃ]
    (n) (musical) conductor   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ししん]
    (n) compass needle (cursor); guideline; pointer   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しすう]
    (n) index; index number; exponent   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [ゆびきり]
    (n) linking little fingers to confirm a promise   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ゆびさき]
    (n) fingertip   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しひょう]
    (n) index; indices   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しめい]
    (n,vs) name; nominate; designate   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しめいてはい]
    (n) search for a named suspect   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しもん]
    (n) fingerprint   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ひとさしゆび]
    (n) index finger   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶっかしすう]
    a price index   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ものさし]
    (n) ruler; measure   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • し   [ものさし]
    (n) ruler; measure   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • し   [なざし]
    (n) nomination; calling names   [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.