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外 means 'outside'

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Strokes : 5    Frequency: 97   JLPT: N5    Usefulness: 1    Challenge set: 3    Grade: 2   Intermediate lesson: 3    Beginner lesson: 12   Begins 431 words   Used in 861 words   Used in 872 names   Component in 1 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
On
   ガイ   ゲ
Kun
   そと outside   ほか other   はず to remove, mislead   はずれる to come off, to miss
Kun    と-
Name    うい   け   ふか
⿰   night   divining rod  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 外 is used 46 times, read 4 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 外 is used 838 times, read 6 ways (with 4 variations).
ガイ : 700 words FIND ALL
foreign country
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ゲ : 25 words FIND ALL
1. surgery  (see also: 内科)
2. department of surgery (hospital, etc.)
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そと : 42 words FIND ALL
noun
1. outside; exterior
2. open air
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ほか : 17 words FIND ALL
in addition; besides
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はず : 46 words FIND ALL
'su' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to unfasten; to undo
2. to remove; to take off; to deinstall
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と- (read as と) : 2 words FIND ALL
noun
nearby mountain; mountain near a human settlement
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はず (read as ぱず) : 2 words FIND ALL
noun
very edge; far border  (see also: 取っ; often written with kana only)
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と- (read as ど) : 1 word FIND ALL
noun
outside near the door to one's home  (archaic)
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うい: 1 word. FIND ALL
noun
1. sweet rice jelly  (often written with kana only)
2. Edo-period herbal medicine (used as an antitussive and a breath freshener)  (orig. meaning; often written with kana only)
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け: 2 words. FIND ALL
noun
1. playing to the gallery; showing off; pretence; pretense  (often written with kana only)
2. surface preparation (for painting, etc.); scraping a surface clean  (esp. ケレン; often written with kana only)
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Henshall: 96 (originally: 91)  Joy o' Kanji : 91  Key to Kanji: 110 

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ガイ   ゲ   そと outside   ほか other   はず to remove, mislead   はずれる to come off, to miss   
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セキ   ゆう night   
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katakana 'ta'
K
divining rod
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