7 strokes
water 水 (氵, 氺)
open sea, offing, rise high into sky
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N1
929 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 沖する 【チュウスル】 to rise up into the air, to ascend into the sky
  • 沖積 【チュウセキ】 alluvial

Kun reading compounds

  • 沖 【おき】 open sea, Okinawa
  • 沖合 【おきあい】 off the coast, offshore, out at sea
  • 来沖 【らいおき】 coming to Okinawa, visiting Okinawa
  • 沖する 【ちゅうする】 to rise up into the air, to ascend into the sky


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • mar abierto
  • alta mar
  • ascender


  • oceano aberto
  • mar aberto
  • subir no ceú


  • au large
  • en haute mer
  • montée au ciel
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1-3-4 SKIP code
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