|Historical forms of the character 武|
|Oracle bone script||Bronze inscriptions||Large seal script||Small seal script|
From the characters 戈 and 止. The character 戈 means spear. The character 止 means “to stop” in some times; thus, "武" is sometimes believed to denote “to stop a weapon” or “to stop violence” (止戈为武). This definition is mentioned in the Chinese history book Spring and Autumn Annals, written in 481 BC and the 1985 film No Retreat, No Surrender. But, due to it also containing the meaning “foot” in Oracle script, according to the Japanese dictionary Kanjigen (漢字源), another point is that the character 武 may therefore have originally referred to “a man on foot with a spear”.
- KangXi: page 575, character 9
- Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 16273
- Dae Jaweon: page 965, character 8
- Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 2, page 1439, character 5
- Unihan data for U+6B66
|simp. and trad.
- Min Nan
|Middle Chinese pronunciation (武, reconstructed)|
|Character (武), Pronunciation 1/1|
Initial: 明 (4)
|Old Chinese pronunciation (武, reconstructed)|
|Baxter-Sagart system 1.1 (2014)|
|Middle Chinese||Old Chinese||English|
|武||wǔ||‹ mjuX ›||/*m(r)aʔ/||military|
Notes for Old Chinese notations in the Baxter-Sagart system:
|Zhengzhang system (2003)|
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- Goon: む (mu)
- Kan’on: ぶ (bu)
- Kun: たけ.し (武し, take.shi)
- Nanori: う (u), お (o), たけし (takeshi), たけん (taken), ん (n)
|Kanji in this term|
The goon reading of mu, so likely the initial borrowing.
Only found in compounds. Not as common as the bu reading.
|Kanji in this term|
- courage, ferocity, valor
- military power, force of arms
- the act of carrying out military force: a battle, a war
- the way of carrying out military force: strategy, tactics, martial arts
- a military person: an officer, a soldier
- (obsolete) a unit of length, equivalent to half of a 歩 (bu, six 尺 (shaku), roughly six feet or 1.8 meters), roughly equivalent to one yard or 90 centimeters
Ateji used in various names.
- A male given name
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