9 strokes
long stride


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 回廊 【カイロウ】 corridor, gallery, hallway, cloister (i.e. covered walk typically circling a building or garden, esp. in a palace or place of worship)
  • 回転 【カイテン】 rotation (usu. around something), revolution, turning
  • 回向 【エコウ】 memorial service, prayers for the repose of the soul, transfer of merit
  • 回心 【カイシン】 conversion

Kun reading compounds

  • 回る 【まわる】 to turn, to revolve, to visit several places, to function well, to pass a certain time
  • 回す 【まわす】 to turn, to rotate, to spin, to twist, to gyrate, to pass around, to send around, to hand around, to circulate, to move (someone or something to where its needed), to send, to bring, to transfer, to forward, to direct, to submit, to turn (to a new use), to use (for something else), to turn on (something that turns or has a rotating part, e.g. a washing machine), to start up (e.g. an engine), to give (something) a spin, to put (someone in a position), to make (e.g. an enemy of), to ... around (e.g. chase, fool, play), to do all over, to do everywhere, to do completely, to surround (something) with, to enclose with, to put (an arm) around (e.g. someone's waist), to reach around, to invest (money), to lend, to dial (a telephone number), to gang-rape
  • 回る 【もとおる】 to wander around
  • 巡る 【めぐる】 to go around, to return, to surround, to concern (usu. of disputes)
  • 巡らす 【めぐらす】 to enclose (with), to surround (with), to encircle, to turn (one's head, heel, etc.), to think over, to work out, to notify (orally or in writing)


Japanese names:
ざこ、 じゃく
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • giro
  • rotación
  • vuelta
  • girar
  • voltear
  • dar vueltas



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