11 strokes
silk 糸 (糹)
sutra, longitude, pass thru, expire, warp
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N3
79 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 経 【ケイ】 warp (weaving), longitude, scripture, sutra, trans-
  • 経団連 【ケイダンレン】 Federation of Economic Organizations (Organisation)
  • 月経 【ゲッケイ】 menstruation, menstrual period
  • 政経 【セイケイ】 politics and economics
  • 経 【キョウ】 sutra, Buddhist scriptures
  • 経典 【キョウテン】 sacred books, sutras, scriptures, Bible
  • 説経 【セッキョウ】 lecture on the sutras
  • 法華経 【ホケキョウ】 Lotus Sutra
  • 経行 【キンヒン】 meditation performed while walking
  • 看経 【カンキン】 silent reading of the sutras, sutra chanting

Kun reading compounds

  • 経る 【へる】 to pass, to elapse, to go by, to pass through, to go through, to experience, to go through, to undergo
  • 経つ 【たつ】 to pass (of time), to elapse
  • 縦糸 【たていと】 (weaving) warp


Japanese names:
つね、 のぶ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
jing1, jing4


  • sutra
  • longitud
  • ley
  • pasar
  • dirigir
  • transcurrir
  • experimentar


  • sutra
  • longitude
  • passar através de
  • expirar
  • empenar


  • sûtra
  • longitude
  • passer (temps)
  • expiré
  • expérimenter
  • chaîne (tissu)
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685 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
658 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
135 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
3523 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
341 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
815 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1957 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
548 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
557 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
515 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1523 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1687 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
898 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1218 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1372 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
27392 Morohashi
1331 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
4473 New Nelson (John Haig)
1360 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1460 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
71 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
730 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2772 2001 Kanji
6a5.11 The Kanji Dictionary
1-6-5 SKIP code
2791.4 Four corner code
1-23-48 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
7d4c Unicode hex code