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

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 糸 (いと) – thread
Henshall Mnemonic: trace thread-like line to source
Levels: JLPT N2 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #382 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N4 Words

  •   [せん]
    (n,n-suf) line (also telephone, railway); wire; beam   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [きょくせん]
    (n) curve   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうせん]
    (n) beam; light ray   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんかんせん]
    (n) bullet train (very high speed); Shinkansen   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [すいへいせん]
    (n) horizon   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんろ]
    (n) line; track; roadbed   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [だっせん]
    (n,vs) derailment; digression   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょくせん]
    (n) straight line   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ないせん]
    (n) phone extension; indoor wiring; inner line   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  • 沿   [えんせん]
    (adj-no,n) along railway line   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かんせん]
    (n) main line; trunk line   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゃみせん]
    (n) three-stringed Japanese guitar; shamisen   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [でんせん]
    (n) electric line   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [むせん]
    (n) wireless; radio   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  • エックス   [エックスせん]
    (n) X-ray   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いっせん]
    (n) line   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いっちょくせん]
    (n) straight line   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おうせん]
    (n) horizontal line; abscissa   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいせん]
    (n) circuit; line   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいがんせん]
    (n) coastline; coastal railway   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さいぜんせん]
    (n) foremost line   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんじゅうはちどせん]
    the Thirty-eighth Parallel   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しがいせん]
    (n) ultra-violet rays   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しせん]
    (n) one's eyes; glance; look   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゃせん]
    (n) car track   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じんみんせんせん]
    (n) popular front   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せきがいせん]
    (n) infra-red rays   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんせん]
    (n) (war) front   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんこう]
    (n) incense stick   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんりょう]
    (n) dose   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぜんせん]
    (n) front line; (weather) front   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぜんせん]
    (n) the whole line; all lines; the whole ship   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [だせん]
    (n) baseball lineup   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [だいいっせん]
    (n) the front (of a battlefield); forefront   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [どうかせん]
    (n) fuse   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はいせん]
    (n) wiring   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はくせん]
    (n) white line   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふくせん]
    (n) preparation; foreshadowing; underplot (in a novel); precautionary measures   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [へいこうせん]
    (n) parallel line   [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.