7 strokes
hand 手 (扌龵)
slip out, extract, pull out, pilfer, quote, remove, omit
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N3
726 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 抜群 【バツグン】 outstanding, excellent, exceptional, distinguished, unrivaled, surpassing (e.g. beauty), beyond compare
  • 抜山蓋世 【バツザンガイセイ】 great strength and energy (of a mighty hero), Herculean strength and vitality
  • 卓抜 【タクバツ】 excellence, superiority, preeminence, prevalence
  • 警抜 【ケイバツ】 scintillating, extraordinarily excellent

Kun reading compounds

  • 抜く 【ぬく】 to pull out, to draw out, to extract, to unplug, to weed, to omit, to leave out, to go without, to skip, to do to the end, to do thoroughly, to do completely, to do severely, to let out (e.g. air from a tyre), to drain (e.g. water from a bath), to empty, to pick out, to choose, to select, to extract, to pilfer, to steal, to remove, to get rid of, to take out, to pass, to overtake, to outstrip, to get ahead of, to pierce, to break through, to go through, to cut out (a shape), to create (a pattern) by dying the surrounding area, to seize, to capture, to reduce, to scoop (a story), to take out (an opponent's stones; in go), to masturbate (of a male), to ejaculate (while masturbating), to take (a photo), to record (video)
  • 抜くべからざる 【ぬくべからざる】 deep-rooted (suspicion, etc.)
  • 抜き 【ぬき】 leaving out, omitting, skipping, dispensing with, (beating) in succession, in a row
  • 抜き打ち 【ぬきうち】 drawing a katana and attacking in the same stroke, doing (something) suddenly and without warning, doing without prior notice
  • 手抜き 【てぬき】 omitting crucial steps, cutting corners, skimping, intentional negligence, tenuki, making a move which is not a direct counter to one's opponent's last move
  • 栓抜き 【せんぬき】 bottle opener, corkscrew
  • 抜ける 【ぬける】 to come out, to fall out, to be omitted, to be missing, to escape, to come loose, to fade, to discolour, to wear a hole (e.g. clothes), to leave (e.g. a meeting), to be clear, to be transparent (e.g. of the sky), to be absentminded, to be careless, to be inattentive, to be foolish, to exit (a program loop), to go through, to pass through, to give way, to collapse, to finish a round with more than 88 points (not counting points gained from scoring combinations)
  • 抜けるような青空 【ぬけるようなあおぞら】 deep blue sky, bottomless blue sky
  • 抜かす 【ぬかす】 to omit, to leave out, to skip, to overtake, to pass, to say, to speak
  • 抜かる 【ぬかる】 to make a mistake


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
bal, pae


  • omitir
  • echar
  • extraer
  • tirar
  • quitar
  • sacar


  • deslizar
  • extrato
  • arrancar
  • furtar
  • citação
  • remover
  • omitir


  • arracher
  • extraire
  • chaparder
  • enlever
  • omettre
  • faire une erreur
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1713 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1830 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
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864 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
290 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
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712 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
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2093 New Nelson (John Haig)
705 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
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1129 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1367 2001 Kanji
3c4.10 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-4 SKIP code
5404.7 Four corner code
1-40-20 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
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