10 strokes
water 水 (氵, 氺)
extinguish, blow out, turn off, neutralize, cancel
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
345 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 消火 【ショウカ】 fire fighting, extinguishing a fire
  • 消化 【ショウカ】 digestion (of food), digestion (of information), assimilation, thorough understanding, consumption, absorption, using up, meeting (e.g. a quota), completion, losing one's form and turning into something else
  • 費消 【ヒショウ】 spending, consumption, misappropriation, embezzlement
  • 曖昧性解消 【アイマイセイカイショウ】 disambiguation

Kun reading compounds

  • 消える 【きえる】 to disappear, to vanish, to go out of sight, to go away, to become lost, to go out (of a fire, light, etc.), to die, to turn off (e.g. of a TV screen), to fade (of a feeling, impression, etc.), to vanish (e.g. of hope), to go away (e.g. of a smell, itchiness, sleepiness), to disappear, to fade away (e.g. of footsteps), to wear away (e.g. of an inscription), to rub out (of writing), to fade (e.g. of ink), to be lost (e.g. of a tradition), to die out, to disappear
  • 消す 【けす】 to erase, to rub out, to rub off, to cross out, to delete, to turn off (a light, TV, heater, etc.), to switch off, to extinguish (a fire, candle, etc.), to put out, to remove (a smell, pain, etc.), to eliminate, to get rid of, to relieve (pain, anxiety, etc.), to neutralize (poison), to drown out (a sound), to deaden, to absorb, to muffle, to kill, to murder, to bump off, to rub out


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • extinguirse
  • apagarse
  • desaparecer
  • apagar
  • extinguir


  • extinguir
  • apagar
  • desligar
  • neutralizar
  • cancelar


  • éteindre
  • effacer
  • disparaître
  • neutraliser
  • annuler
429 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
332 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
316 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
336 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
2574 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
612 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
686 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
845 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
864 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
219 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1194 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
531 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
327 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
402 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
146 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
17529P Morohashi
443 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
3158 New Nelson (John Haig)
144 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
155 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
458 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
357 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
346 2001 Kanji
3a7.16 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-7 SKIP code
3912.7 Four corner code
1-30-35 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
6d88 Unicode hex code