13 strokes
zero, spill, overflow, nothing, cipher
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N2
1217 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 零 【レイ】 zero, nought
  • 零細 【レイサイ】 insignificant, trifling, paltry, cottage (industry), tiny (company)
  • 漂零 【ヒョウレイ】 being ruined (reduced to poverty), falling low, going under, coming to ruin
  • 飄零 【ヒョウレイ】 fluttering to the ground (of a leaf or petal), wandering, roaming, coming down in the world, going to ruin, falling low

Kun reading compounds

  • 0 【ゼロ】 zero, 0, nought, nil, nothing, zilch
  • 零因子 【ゼロいんし】 zero divisor, null factor, nil factor
  • 零す 【こぼす】 to spill, to drop, to shed (tears), to grumble (about), to complain (of), to let (one's feelings) show
  • 零れる 【こぼれる】 to spill, to fall out of, to overflow, to peek through, to become visible (although normally not), to escape (of a smile, tear, etc.)


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
ryeong, ryeon


  • cero
  • nada
  • pequeño
  • derramar
  • desbordar
  • estropearse
  • hacerse ruinas


  • zero
  • entornar
  • inundação
  • nada
  • cifra


  • zéro
  • se répandre
  • déborder
  • rien
  • code
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