Thursday, 22 March 2018

上 | shàng

In Mandarin Chinese, (Pinyin: shàng 🔊) has many meanings but all of them are ultimately connected with direction “up”.

Lawrence J. Howell writes in his Etymological Dictionary of Han/Chinese Characters:

A depiction of one line above another, suggesting the idea of rising above (contrast ) → up; upper; toprise; raise; offer. Other extended meanings include ascent; readiness; completion; just after; go up; climb; enter; end; increase; improve; on; beyond; first (half); emperor; raise/bring up (a matter); record; upward (bound); go to the capital; and reach.
There are a great number of compounds of , for example More photos related to ascent, upward, raising, rising and sea glass @ Shutterstock.

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