duān
char. reason; aspect; beginning; unhappy occurrence
Other meanings
[duān]   n./v. end, extreme, tip; to hold something level with both hands
[duān]   v./adj. to hold something level with both hands; erect, regular; proper, upright
    stand
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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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bì duān
n. abuse
shè huì bì duān
phr. social abuses
kāi duān
n. beginning
wú duān
adv. without reason, for no reason
duān dì
adv. (old Chinese) really, after all, details, the whole process from beginning to end
duān ní
n. clue, inkling
guǐ jì duō duān
idiom. be full of craft and cunning, be full of (cunning) tricks