9 strokes
weapon, lance
grade, steps, stairs
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N3
479 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 段 【ダン】 step, stair, rung, (flight of) steps, shelf, layer, tier, grade, level, class, dan (degree of advanced proficiency in martial arts, go, shogi, etc.), rank, paragraph, passage, column (of print), act (in kabuki, joruri, etc.), section, scene, row of the multiplication table (e.g. five times table), stage (in a process), phase, occasion, time, moment, situation, matter, occasion, degree, extent, counter for breaks in written language or speech
  • 段階 【ダンカイ】 stage, step, phase, level, rank, grade, gradation, order, stairs
  • 特段 【トクダン】 exceptional, unusual, special, especially, exceptionally, unusually
  • 中段 【チュウダン】 half-way up a slope or stairway, landing, center of three (horizontal) columns (of print) (centre)
  • 反 【タン】 variable measure of fabric (28.8 cm in width), for kimonos: at least 10 m in length, for haori: at least 7.27 m in length, for other clothes: at least 6.06 m in length, 300 tsubo (991.74 meters square, 0.24506 acres), six ken (10.91 m)
  • 反物 【タンモノ】 fabric, cloth, textiles, drapery, dry-goods, piece goods, measure of kimono material
  • 減反 【ゲンタン】 reduction (of crop size), reduction of acreage (under cultivation)
  • 一反 【イッタン】 one-tenth hectare


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • escalón
  • escalera
  • grado


  • grau
  • passos
  • escada


  • étape
  • marche
  • escalier
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362 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
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1139 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
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1876 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
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1144 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2991 New Nelson (John Haig)
1859 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
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425 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
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7744.7 Four corner code
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