8 strokes
water 水 (氵, 氺)
waves, billows, Poland
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N2
740 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 波 【ハ】 counter for waves (of a repeated occurrence)
  • 波及 【ハキュウ】 spread, extension, influence, aftereffect, ripple
  • 低周波 【テイシュウハ】 low frequency
  • 横波 【ヨコナミ】 transverse wave, beam sea

Kun reading compounds

  • 波 【なみ】 wave, ups and downs
  • 波間 【なみま】 interval between the waves, gap between waves
  • 高波 【たかなみ】 high waves, heavy seas
  • 横波 【よこなみ】 transverse wave, beam sea


Japanese names:
ひら、 みな、 みなみ、 わ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
bo1, po1


  • onda
  • ola
  • Polonia


  • ondas
  • vagas
  • Polônia


  • onde
  • vague
  • Pologne
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