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shì
char. (ancient Chinese) unmarried man; scholar; an ancient social stratum; commendable person; person with skills; soldier; guard (Chinese chess)
Other meanings
[shì]   radical. scholar
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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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hù shi
n. nurse
shì bīng
n. soldier, private
liè shì
n. martyr
nán shì
n. gentleman
míng shì
n. famous scholar, celebrity, especially distinguished literary person having no official post
shàng shì
phr. send the soldiers (a Chinese chess move)
zhōng shì
n. sergeant
shì guān
n. petty officer
háo shì
n. man with high ideals, hero
shì dà fū
n. (in feudal China) scholar-officials
wén shì
n. man of letters, scholar, scribe
lǐ xián xià shì
idiom. courteous to the wise and condescending in a good way to the scholarly