极 (極)

  1. adverb extremely / very
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语
    Notes: In the sense of 很 or 甚. 极 is one of the few adverbs that can act as a complement, placed after an adjective or verb, followed by the particle 了. It may be used in this sense in both modern and Literary Chinese. For exmaple, 美极了 'very beautiful' (Guoyu '極' adv 2; Norman 1988, p. 127; Unihan '極').
  2. adverb utmost / furthest
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文 , Subdomain: Comparison 比较
    Notes: In the sense of 最高 or 最大 (Guoyu '極' adv 1; Kroll 2015 '極' 4; Unihan '極')
  3. noun extremity
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: In the sense of 尽头 (Guoyu '極' n 2; Kroll 2015 '極' 3)
  4. noun ridge-beam of a roof
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: 极 is synonymous with 栋 in this sense. Etymology (Shuo Wen): 極:棟也。 (Kroll 2015 '極' 1)
  5. verb to exhaust
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: 极 is synonymous with 栋 in this sense (Guoyu '極' v; Kroll 2015 '極' 3a)
  6. noun a standard principle
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: (Kroll 2015 '極' 1a)
  7. noun pinnacle / summit / highpoint
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: (Kroll 2015 '極' 2)
  8. noun pole
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语
    Notes: As in 南极 'south pole' and 北极 'north pole' (Guoyu '極' n 3)
  9. noun throne
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: In the sense of 君位 (Guoyu '極' n 1)
  10. adjective urgent
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: As a variant of 亟 (Kroll 2015 '極' 5)
  11. noun an electrical pole / a node
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Physics 物理
    Notes: As in the positive and negative nodes of a battery (Guoyu '極' n 4)

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