手 Shǒu 手 | Hand

The oracle bone form of 手 is a pictograph of a hand, with the bent upper stroke as the middle finger and the horizontal strokes as the four other fingers. 手 is both a word and a radical. It is written as 扌 When used as a radical on the left side of a character. 手 | Hand

手 means “hand” and is found in many words relating to the hand or parts of the hand such as 拳 (quán) “fist”, 掌 (zhǎng) “palm”, and 指 (zhǐ) “finger, point or digital”. It is found as a component in many action words, especially words related to actions performed by the hand such as: 摩 (mó) “rub”, 持 (chí) “to hold or support”, and 拘 (jū) “to arrest or restrain”; and is often combined with characters that refer to skills or occupations such as 手 (shuǐ shǒu) “sailor”, 手 (chē shǒu) “driver” and 高手 (gāo shǒu) “expert”.

The idiom “得应手” (dé xīn yìng shǒu) translates to “What the heart wishes, the hand accomplishes". This idiom is used to describe a person who is happy because they are doing what s/he can do best.

  • Category:Radical
  • Formation Method:Pictograph
  • Radical Number:64

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