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adv. in vain
Other meanings
[gàn]   v. do, work; do... as a profession, work as...
[gān]   adj. dry; empty, void; adoptive
[gān]   n. dried food
[gān]   char. without water; hollowly, without real meaning; to offend, to interfere; heavenly stem
[gān]   radical. dry
[gàn]   char. trunk, main part; cadre; able; capability
    dry (for )
    second, rank second; second of the ten heavenly stems; used for an unspecified person or thing (for )
    ten (for )

Simplified Chinese


Traditional Chinese

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.
gān dǎ léi , bú xià yǔ .
phr. Only thunder but no rain. Only noises but no action.
wǒ dāng shí shì gān dèng yǎn méi fǎ bàn .
phr. I really had no way at that time except looking helplessly.