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

stroke order illustration  
English:
number
strength
fate
law
figures
On-Yomi:
スウ

サク
ソク
シュ
Kun-Yomi:
かず
かぞ.える
しばしば
せ.める
わずらわ.しい
じゅ
Bushu (Radical) Info:
攴 (ぼくづくり) – folding chair
攵 (ホク, のぶん, ぼくづくり, ぼくにょう) – strike; hit; folding chair
Henshall Mnemonic: woman counts number of rice grains by hand
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #148 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N4 Words

  •   [すうがく]
    (n) mathematics; arithmetic   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [かず]
    (n,n-suf) number; figure   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [すう]
    (n,n-suf) number; figure   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • える   [かぞえる]
    (v1) to count   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [すうじ]
    (n) numeral; figure   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [かはんすう]
    (n) majority   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいすう]
    (n) number of times; frequency   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいすうけん]
    (n) book of tickets   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぐうすう]
    (n) even number   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おかず]
    (n) (uk) side dish; accompaniment for rice dishes   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんすう]
    (n) arithmetic   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうすう]
    (n) fraction (part of); decimal   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいすう]
    (n) integer   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たんすう]
    (n) singular (number)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんすう]
    (n) marks; points; score; runs; number of items; credits   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふくすう]
    (n) plural; multiple   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶんすう]
    (n) fraction (in math)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まいすう]
    (n) the number of flat things   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [むすう]
    (adj-na,n) countless number; infinite number   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [いんずう]
    (n) numbers of members (things, people)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かくすう]
    (n) stroke count   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けんすう]
    (n) number (of things)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こすう]
    (n) number of households (houses)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [くちかず]
    (n) number of dependents (words, shares, accounts)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さっきょうしすう]
    rice-crop index   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しすう]
    (n) index; index number; exponent   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じすう]
    (n) number of characters or letters   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じっすう]
    (n) real number   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てすうりょう]
    (n) handling charge; commission   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅうはすう]
    (n) frequency (of waves)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうすうてん]
    (n) decimal point   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうすういけん]
    (n) minority opinion   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [にんずう]
    (n) the number of people   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 々   [かずかず]
    (n-adv,n) many   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [すうおくねん]
    several hundreds of million of years   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [すうこ]
    (n) several (objects)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [すうじ]
    (n) a number of times   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じゅず]
    (n) (Buddhist) rosary; string of beads   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • く   [かずおおく]
    (n) in great numbers   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [すうち]
    (n) numerical value   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [すうじつ]
    (n) few days   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [すうひゃく]
    several hundreds   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [すうまん]
    tens of thousands   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [すうりょう]
    (n) quantity; volume   [K] [D] [Jisho]
Find more details for at jisho.org, Yookoso! or WWWJDIC

Acknowledgments

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.