shǐ
char. to begin, to start; beginning
Other meanings
[shǐ]   adv. (lit.) only then, not...until... (used in the same way as 才)
    woman
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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.
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kāi shǐ
v./n. start, begin; beginning
shǐ zhōng
adv. all along, always, all the time
zì shǐ zhì zhōng
phr. from beginning to end
yóu shí yǒu zhōng
idiom. carry something through to the end
shǐ zì
prep. (formal) begin with; from start
shǐ huáng
phr. The First Emperor (referring to Emperor Qin)
qiān lǐ zhī xíng shǐ yú zú xià
idiom. a thousand-li journey is started by taking the first step