15 strokes
silk 糸 (糹)
tense, solid, hard, reliable, tight
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
677 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 緊縮 【キンシュク】 shrinkage, contraction, economy, retrenchment
  • 緊急 【キンキュウ】 urgency, emergency
  • 喫緊 【キッキン】 urgent, pressing, exigent

Kun reading compounds

  • 緊める 【しめる】 to be strict with
  • 閉まる 【しまる】 to be shut, to close, to be closed, to be firm (of a body, face, etc.), to be well-knit, to be locked, to tighten, to be tightened, to become sober, to become tense


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • severo
  • estricto
  • tensar
  • apretar
  • apremiante
  • urgente


  • tenso
  • apertado
  • de confiança
  • duro
  • sólido


  • tendu
  • solide
  • dur
  • fiable
  • serré
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3560 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1088 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1637 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1290 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1364 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1186 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1509 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3517 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1816 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2471 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1386 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
27603 Morohashi
2838 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
4524 New Nelson (John Haig)
1374 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1474 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1792 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3441 2001 Kanji
6a9.17 The Kanji Dictionary
2-9-6 SKIP code
2-8-6 SKIP code
7790.3 Four corner code
1-22-59 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
7dca Unicode hex code