10 strokes
water 水 (氵, 氺)
current, a sink, flow, forfeit
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
280 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 流 【リュウ】 way, manner, style, fashion, mode, school (e.g. of flower arrangement), class, rate, rank, flow, current, stream
  • 旒 【リュウ】 counter for flags, banners, etc.
  • 清流 【セイリュウ】 clear stream
  • 火砕流 【カサイリュウ】 pyroclastic flow
  • 流 【ル】 exile (second most severe of the five ritsuryō punishments)
  • 流刑 【リュウケイ】 exile, banishment, deportation
  • 配流 【ハイル】 exile, banishment
  • 中流 【チュウル】 banishment (to a somewhat distant province), middle-degree punishment of the three banishment punishments under the ritsuryō system

Kun reading compounds

  • 流れる 【ながれる】 to stream, to flow (liquid, time, etc.), to run (ink), to be washed away, to be carried, to drift, to float (e.g. clouds), to wander, to stray, to sweep (e.g. rumour, fire), to spread, to circulate, to be heard (e.g. music), to be played, to lapse (e.g. into indolence, despair), to pass, to elapse, to be transmitted, to be called off, to be forfeited, to disappear, to be removed
  • 流れ 【ながれ】 flow (of a fluid or gas), stream, current, flow (of people, things), passage (of time), tide, passing, (changing) trends, tendency, course (of events), (step-by-step) procedure, process, group of people who remain together after the end of an event, descent, ancestry, school, forfeiture, foreclosure, cancellation, drifting, wandering, roaming
  • 流れ込む 【ながれこむ】 to flow into, to pour into, to stream into
  • 流す 【ながす】 to drain, to pour, to run, to let flow, to flush, to shed (blood, tears), to spill, to float (e.g. logs down a river), to set adrift, to wash away, to carry away, to sweep away, to broadcast, to play (e.g. music over a loudspeaker), to send (electricity through a wire), to circulate (a rumour, information, etc.), to spread, to distribute, to cruise (of a taxi), to stroll around (in search of customers, an audience, etc.), to go from place to place, to cancel (a plan, meeting, etc.), to call off, to reject (e.g. a bill), to forfeit (a pawn), to do leisurely (e.g. running, swimming), to do with ease, to do effortlessly, to exile, to banish, to hit (the ball) to the opposite field, to do inattentively, to do without concentrating, to put little effort into doing


Japanese names:
な、 ながれ、 めぐる
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • corriente
  • derramar
  • verter


  • corrente
  • afundar
  • fluxo
  • derrocada


  • courant
  • style
  • mode
  • évier
  • flux
  • confisquer (un article en gage)
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409 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
296 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
2576 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
329 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
682 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1332 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
247 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
247 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
279 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1200 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
529 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
325 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
400 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
771 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
17572P Morohashi
441 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
3160 New Nelson (John Haig)
764 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
826 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
235 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
367 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
357 2001 Kanji
3a7.10 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-7 SKIP code
3011.3 Four corner code
3411.3 Four corner code
1-46-14 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
6d41 Unicode hex code