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m. measure word for long and thin things
Other meanings
[gēn]   n. root; base, origin, cause; offspring; (Math.) root; (chemistry) radical
[gēn]   char. base, source; base (of part of body or object); completely, thoroughly
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.
zhè gēn zhù zi xié le , bù zhí le .
phr. The stick is tilted; it's not straight any more.
zhè gēn diàn xiàn tài cháng le , zhǎo gè duán diǎn de ba .
phr. This electric wire is too long, please find a shorter one.