寸 - Dong Chinese dictionary

cùn

inch

Original meaning: 

pulse point on wrist

Pictograph of a hand with a line marking a spot on the wrist. In traditional Chinese medicine this spot on the wrist where the pulse can be taken is called the 寸口.

Evolution

寸 Seal script Shuowen (~100 AD)

Seal script

Shuowen (~100 AD)
寸 Clerical script Eastern Han dynasty (25-220 AD)

Clerical script

Eastern Han dynasty (25-220 AD)
寸 Regular script Modern

Regular script

Modern
Definitions

 

cùn

inch; small, tiny; KangXi radical 41; a unit of length; thumb

Most common words with 寸
Freq.
Word
Meaning

英寸

inch (unit of length equal to 2.54 cm.)

inch

尺寸

size

手无寸铁

lit. not an inch of steel (idiom); unarmed and defenseless

头寸

money market

Component uses

Meaning component in 17 characters

Sound component in 7 characters

Iconic component in 10 characters

Simplified component in 2 characters