斗 means 'Big Dipper'

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Strokes : 4    Radical number: 68    Frequency: 2010   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Challenge set: 17    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 10 words   Used in 55 words   Used in 691 names   Component in 7 kanji (4 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
On    トウ
Name    ます
The dipper kanji helps you hold your liquor! That is, its core meaning is "dipper," a device to scoop saké. (It means "dipper" in the constellation sense, too!) Using 斗, we can also measure large quantities of that saké. By studying 斗, we find out about noshi. And that's not all! The 斗 shape is a ryakuji (a simplified form of more complex kanji), as well as a radical.
This is a synopsis of Joy o' Kanji's in-depth essay on 斗
Essay 1633 on 斗 (dipper; "dots and cross" radical) covers this radical, without which we couldn't write great-looking words such as (かりょう: minor fine).
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 斗 is used 3 times, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 斗 is used 37 times, read 2 ways (with 1 variation).
ト : 32 words FIND ALL
a great authority  (see also: 泰山北斗; abbreviation)
トウ : 3 words FIND ALL
fighting spirit
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ます: 2 words. FIND ALL
1. measuring container; measure
2. box (seating at a theatre, etc.)
(click the word to view an additional 2 meanings and 5 forms)
Henshall: 1633  Joy o' Kanji : 1633  Key to Kanji:

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ト    Big Dipper   
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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   
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