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

stroke order illustration  
a sink

Bushu (Radical) Info: 水 (みず) – water
Henshall Mnemonic: hair and water flow as child is born
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 3
Frequency: #280 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N3 Words

  • す   [ながす]
    (v5s) to drain; to float; to shed (blood, tears); to cruise (e.g. taxi)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • れ   [ながれ]
    (n) stream; current   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • れる   [ながれる]
    (v1) to stream; to flow (liquid, time, etc.); to run (ink); to be washed away   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りゅうこう]
    (n,vs) fashionable; fad; in vogue; prevailing   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [いちりゅう]
    (n) first-class; top grade; school (of art); foremost; top-notch; unique   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうりゅう]
    (n) alternating current; intercourse; (cultural) exchange; intermingling   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [でんりゅう]
    (n) electric current   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りゅういき]
    (n) (river) basin   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [はやる]
    (v5r) to flourish; to thrive; to be popular; to come into fashion   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さすが]
    (adj-na,adv,n) (uk) clever; adept; good; expectations; as one would expect   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [かいりゅう]
    (n) ocean current   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りゅう]
    (n,n-suf) style of; method of; manner of; school (of thought)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • し   [ながし]
    (n) sink   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はやり]
    (n,vs) fashionable; fad; in vogue; prevailing   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りゅうつう]
    (n) circulation of money or goods; flow of water or air; distribution   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [ありゅう]
    (n) bad second; epigone; adherent; follower; imitator   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かりゅう]
    (n) downstream; lower reaches of a river; lower classes   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かさいりゅう]
    (n) pyroclastic flow (type of volcanic eruption); stone wind   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かんりゅう]
    (n) return current; convection; reflux   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けいりゅう]
    (n) mountain stream   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [げきりゅう]
    (n) raging stream; rapids   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [げんりゅう]
    (n) current-limiting   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんりゅう]
    (n) 3rd rate   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しりゅう]
    (n) tributary; branch   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じりゅう]
    (n) fashion (current) of the times; general drift of affairs   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅりゅう]
    (n) main current (stream)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょりゅう]
    (n) woman writer   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょうりゅう]
    (n) upper stream; upper classes   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいりゅう]
    (n) clear stream   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [だくりゅう]
    (n) muddy stream   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [だんりゅう]
    (n) warm current   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちゅうりゅう]
    (n) mid-stream; middle course; middle class   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょうりゅう]
    (n) tide; tidal current; trend   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ていりゅう]
    (n) bottom current; undercurrent   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [にりゅう]
    (n) second-rate; inferior   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ひょうりゅう]
    (n,vs) drifting; drift   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふうりゅう]
    (adj-na,n) elegance; taste; refinement   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶつりゅう]
    (n) (physical) distribution; distribution of goods   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほうりゅう]
    (n,vs) discharge; stocking (a river) with (fish); liberation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ほんりゅう]
    (n) main current; main current of thought   [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.