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char. to press or squeeze really hard
Other meanings
[zā]   char. (lit.) to force, to coerce, to compel
Simplified stroke orders are based on the 'Standard of National Commonly-used Mandarin Chinese Characters (现代汉语通用字笔顺规范)', issued by the China National Language and Character Working Committee (国家语言文字工作委员会) on April 7th 1997. Traditional stroke orders are based on information issued by the Taiwan Ministry of Education.
zán zhǐ
v. to squeeze a person's fingers between sticks (a torture in ancient China)
zǎn zi
n. sticks for squeezing a person's fingers (as an instrument of torture in ancient China)