壊 means 'break'

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Strokes : 16    Frequency: 923   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Challenge set: 4    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 17 words   Used in 106 words   Used in 4 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   こわ to break, smash   こわれる to break, fall apart
Kun    やぶ
The right hand side is originally descended from , a rare component used in two Joyo.
⿰   ground; earth  ⿳   ten   () net   clothes  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 壊 is used 5 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 壊 is used 105 times, read 4 ways.
カイ : 77 words FIND ALL
1. collapse; crumbling; breaking down; caving in  (see also: 崩れる)
2. decay  (see also: α崩壊; physics terminology)
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エ : 12 words FIND ALL
こわ : 15 words FIND ALL
'su' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to break; to destroy; to demolish
2. to wreck; to ruin; to spoil; to damage
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やぶ : 1 word FIND ALL
to tear; to break; to destroy; to break through (opponent's defense etc.); to breach; to defeat; to beat; to shatter (dream, peace, etc.); to disturb; to violate (a rule etc.); to break (a promise etc.); to break (a record)
Henshall: 1066  Joy o' Kanji : 1066  Key to Kanji:

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カイ   こわ to break, smash   こわれる to break, fall apart   
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ジュウ   ジッ   と    とお ten   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
イ   ころも clothes   
ド   ト   ground; earth   つち ground, earth, soil   
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