Jisho

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5 strokes
Radical:
two hands, twenty
Parts:
Variants:
valve, petal, braid, speech, dialect, discrimination, dispose of, distinguish, conical cap
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N1
619 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

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On reading compounds

  • 弁 【ベン】 speech, tongue, talk, eloquence, dialect, brogue, accent, bento, Japanese box lunch, petal, valve, Oversight Department, division of the daijokan under the ritsuryo system responsible for controlling central and provincial governmental offices
  • 弁解 【ベンカイ】 explanation (e.g. for one's actions), excuse, justification, defense, defence
  • 熱弁 【ネツベン】 fervent speech
  • 強弁 【キョウベン】 insisting (unreasonably), obstinate insistence

Kun reading compounds

  • 弁える 【わきまえる】 to discern (e.g. right from wrong), to discriminate, to distinguish, to know (manners, one's place, etc.), to understand, to bear in mind

Readings

Japanese names:
Chinese:
bian4
Korean:
byeon, ban

Spanish

  • discurso
  • dialecto
  • distinguir
  • identificar
  • reembolsar
  • pétalo

Portuguese

  • válvula
  • petala
  • trança
  • discurso
  • dialeto
  • discriminação
  • livrar-se de
  • distinguir

French

  • éloquence
  • valve
  • pétale
  • tresse
  • dialecte
  • discernement
  • résoudre
  • distinguer
715 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
807 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
786 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
793 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
846 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
513 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1265 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
275 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
711 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
724 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1116 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
262 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2497 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1264 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1730 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
750 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
9588 Morohashi
2004 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1663 New Nelson (John Haig)
742 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
803 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
654 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2755 2001 Kanji
0a5.30 The Kanji Dictionary
2-2-3 SKIP code
2344.0 Four corner code
42-59 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5f01 Unicode hex code

8 strokes
Radical:
sun, day
Parts:
Variants:

Speed

Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 明 【メイ】 brightness, clarity, acumen, power of vision, nth year in the Meiji era (1868.9.8-1912.7.30)
  • 明暗 【メイアン】 light and darkness, light and shade
  • 光明 【コウミョウ】 bright light, hope, bright future, light emanating from a buddha or bodhisattva, symbolizing their wisdom and compassion
  • 英明 【エイメイ】 intelligent, wise, bright, brilliant, clear-sighted
  • 明 【ミョウ】 vidya (wisdom), mantra, the coming (July 4, etc.)
  • 明日 【アシタ】 tomorrow, near future
  • 光明 【コウミョウ】 bright light, hope, bright future, light emanating from a buddha or bodhisattva, symbolizing their wisdom and compassion
  • 内明 【ナイミョウ】 adhyatmavidya (inner studies, ancient Indian philosophy)
  • 明 【ミン】 Ming dynasty (China, 1368-1644)
  • 明楽 【ミンガク】 Ming-era Chinese music (popularized in Japan during the early 17th century)

Kun reading compounds

  • 明かり 【あかり】 light, illumination, glow, gleam, lamp, light
  • 明り先 【あかりさき】 source of light
  • 明るい 【あかるい】 light, well-lit, well-lighted, bright (of a colour), brightly-coloured, brightly-colored, cheerful, bright, spirited, sunny (e.g. disposition), encouraging (for the future of a project, etc.), promising, of fair prospects, familiar (with), knowledgeable (about), well versed (in), fair (e.g. politics), clean, impartial
  • 明るむ 【あかるむ】 to brighten, to grow light
  • 明らむ 【あからむ】 to become luminous at dawn (esp. the sky)
  • 明らか 【あきらか】 obvious, evident, clear, plain
  • 明らかにする 【あきらかにする】 to make clear, to clarify, to disclose, to make public
  • 開ける 【あける】 to open (a door, etc.), to unwrap (e.g. parcel, package), to unlock, to open (for business, etc.), to empty, to remove, to make space, to make room, to move out, to clear out, to be away from (e.g. one's house), to leave (temporarily), to dawn, to grow light, to end (of a period, season), to begin (of the New Year), to leave (one's schedule) open, to make time (for), to make (a hole), to open up (a hole)
  • 開く 【あく】 to open (e.g. doors), to open (e.g. business, etc.), to be empty, to be vacant, to be available, to be free, to be open (e.g. neckline, etc.), to have been opened (of one's eyes, mouth, etc.), to come to an end, to open (one's eyes, mouth, etc.), to have a hole, to form a gap, to have an interval (between events)
  • 明くる 【あくる】 next (day, morning, etc.), following
  • 明くる 【あくる】 next (day, morning, etc.), following
  • あくる日 【あくるひ】 next day, following day
  • 明かす 【あかす】 to pass (the night), to spend, to reveal, to divulge, to disclose, to expose, to prove, to verify

Readings

Japanese names:
あきら、 あけ、 あす、 きら、 け、 さや、 さやか、 とし、 はる、 み、 め
Chinese:
ming2
Korean:
myeong

Spanish

  • luz
  • brillo
  • claridad
  • listo
  • inteligente
  • claro
  • luminoso
  • iluminar
  • aclarar

Portuguese

  • brilhante
  • luz

French

  • clair
  • lumière
141 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
228 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
208 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
84 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
2110 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
58 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
186 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
623 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
3.9 Japanese for Busy People
18 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
18 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
106 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
984 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1060 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
572 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
756 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
20 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
13805 Morohashi
855 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2435 New Nelson (John Haig)
20 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
20 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
152 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
167 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3846 2001 Kanji
4c4.1 The Kanji Dictionary
1-4-4 SKIP code
6702.0 Four corner code
44-32 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
660e Unicode hex code