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

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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

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

JLPT N1 Words

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [すうりょう]
    (n) quantity; volume   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうすういけん]
    (n) minority opinion   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [どすう]
    (n) frequency   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [みちすう]
    (n) unknown number   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しすう]
    (n) index; index number; exponent   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうすう]
    (n) total (number)   [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]
  •   [じっすう]
    (n) real number   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てすうりょう]
    (n) handling charge; commission   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶっかしすう]
    a price index   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [どうすう]
    (n) same number   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こすう]
    (n) number of households (houses)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ねんすう]
    (n) number of years   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶすう]
    (n) no. of copies; circulation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たすう]
    (n-adv,n) countless; great number; majority   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [だいたすう]
    (adj-no,n) great majority   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほんすう]
    (n) number of long thin objects (movies, TV programs, baseball games, etc)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ていすう]
    (n) constant   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けんすう]
    (n) number (of things)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [だすう]
    (n) times at bat (baseball)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 々   [かずかず]
    (n-adv,n) many   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [にんずう]
    (n) the number of people   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [くちかず]
    (n) number of dependents (words, shares, accounts)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はんすう]
    (n) half the number   [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.