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

stroke order illustration  
be sharp
Bushu (Radical) Info:
刀 (かたな) – sword
刈 (ガイ, カイ, か.る, かっ かり) – reap; cut; clip; trim; prune
Henshall Mnemonic: seven sword cuts
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #324 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  • る   [きる]
    (suf,v5r) to cut; to chop; to hash; to carve; to saw; to clip; to shear; to slice; to strip; to fell; to cut down; to punch; to sever (connections); to pause; to break off; to disconnect; to turn off; to hang up; to cross (a street); to discount; to sell below cost; to shake (water) off; to finish; to be through; to complete   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きって]
    (n) stamp (postage); merchandise certificate   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きっぷ]
    (n) ticket   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たいせつ]
    (adj-na,n) important; valuable; worthy of care   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  •   [しんせつ]
    (adj-na,n) kindness; gentleness   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  • る   [よこぎる]
    (v5r) to cross (e.g. arms); to traverse   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • れ   [きれ]
    (n) cloth; piece; cut; chop; strip; slice; scrap; counter for such   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • れる   [きれる]
    (v1) (1) to cut well; to be sharp; (2) to break (off); to snap; to wear out; (3) to be injured; (4) to burst; to collapse; (5) to be disconnected; to be out of; to expire; to sever (connections) with; (6) to be shrewd; to have a sharp mind   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てきせつ]
    (adj-na,n) pertinent; appropriate; adequate; relevance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [うらぎる]
    (v5r) to betray; to turn traitor to; to double-cross   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  • る   [くぎる]
    (v5r,vt) to punctuate; to cut off; to mark off; to stop; to put an end to   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [おもいきり]
    (adv,n) with all one's strength (heart); resignation; resolution   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [ちぎる]
    (v5r) to cut up fine; to pick (fruit)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [はりきる]
    (v5r) to be in high spirits; to be full of vigor; to be enthusiastic; to be eager; to stretch to breaking point   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [しめきる]
    (v5r) to shut up   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しめきり]
    (n) closing; cut-off; end; deadline; Closed; No Entrance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふみきり]
    (n) railway crossing; level crossing; starting line; scratch; crossover   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • れ   [うりきれ]
    (n) sold-out   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • れる   [うりきれる]
    (v1) to be sold out   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [いっさい]
    (n-adv,n) all; everything; without exception; the whole; entirely; absolutely   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [おしきる]
    (v5r) to have one's own way   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [くぎり]
    (n) an end; a stop; punctuation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こぎって]
    (n) cheque; check   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • け   [きっかけ]
    (n) chance; start; cue; excuse; motive; impetus; occasion   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • ない   [せつない]
    (adj) painful; trying; oppressive; suffocating   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  • やりれない   [やりきれない]
    (adj) unbearable; too much   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [わりきる]
    (v5r) to divide; to give a clear explanation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [みきり]
    (n) abandon; forsake   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [みきりはっしゃ]
    starting a train before all the passengers are on board; making a snap decision; starting an action without considering objections to it any longer   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [いいきる]
    (v5r) to declare; to assert; to state definitively   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こんせつ]
    (adj-na,n) kindness; cordiality; exhaustiveness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [しきり]
    (n) partition; division; boundary; compartment; settlement of accounts; toeing the mark   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • って   [おもいきって]
    (adv) resolutely   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [おもいきる]
    (v5r) to resign to fate; to despair   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [ゆびきり]
    (n) linking little fingers to confirm a promise   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • れ   [はぎれ]
    (n) the feel when biting; manner of enunciation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • れ   [じかんぎれ]
    (n) being out of time   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [ふりきる]
    (v5r) to shake off; to shake free from   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [すみきる]
    (v5r) to be serene   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • らす   [きらす]
    (v5s) to be out of; to run out of; to be short of; to be out of stock   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • げ   [きりさげ]
    (n) devaluation of currency   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きりくち]
    (n) cut end; section; opening; slit   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きりふだ]
    (n) trump card   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • て   [きりすて]
    (n) (historical) using people of low rank as sword fodder; omission; rounding down   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • てる   [きりすてる]
    (v1) to truncate; to cut down; to omit; to discard; to slay; to cast away   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • げ   [きりあげ]
    (n) end; conclusion   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • え   [きりかえ]
    (n) exchange; conversion; replacement; switching (to); switchover   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • き   [きりぬき]
    (n) scraps; cuts   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [きりくずす]
    (v5s) (1) to level (earth); to cut through (a mountain); (2) to split (the opposition); to break (strike)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [きりはなす]
    (v5s) to detach; to decapitate   [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.