10 strokes
water 水 (氵, 氺)
floating, float, rise to surface
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N3
776 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 浮沈 【フチン】 floating and sinking, rise and fall, ebb and flow, ups and downs
  • 浮上 【フジョウ】 surfacing, rising to the surface, emerging, leaping into prominence, rising (of rank)
  • 軽浮 【ケイフ】 fickle, frivolous

Kun reading compounds

  • 浮く 【うく】 to float, to become merry, to be cheerful, to become loose, to become unsteady, to feel out of it, to be cut off (e.g. from those around you), to feel out of place, to be frivolous, to be uncertain, to have (time, money, etc.) left over, to be saved (e.g. money), to have no basis, to be unreliable
  • 浮かれる 【うかれる】 to make merry, to be festive
  • 浮かぶ 【うかぶ】 to float, to be suspended, to rise to the surface, to appear, to emerge, to show up, to loom (up), to come to mind, to have inspiration
  • 浮かぶ瀬 【うかぶせ】 chance, opportunity, lucky break
  • 浮かべる 【うかべる】 to float, to set afloat, to launch, to show on one's face (smile, sadness, etc.), to recall, to call to mind, to imagine, to think of


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • flotar
  • venir a la memoria
  • salir a la superficie


  • boiando
  • bóia
  • subir para superfície


  • flotter
  • faire surface
  • venir à l'esprit
  • avoir l'air (joyeux, triste)
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