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Components

空 means 'empty'

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Strokes : 8    Frequency: 253   JLPT: N4    Usefulness: 2    Challenge set: 5    Grade: 1   Intermediate lesson: 10    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 367 words   Used in 659 words   Used in 974 names   Component in 15 kanji (1 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
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   クウ
Kun
   から empty    to be empty   ける to empty, vacate   そら sky
Kun    to become empty, to get hungry   すかせる to get hungry   あ   すかす   むなしい
Name    うつ   き   く
⿱   hole   work  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 空 is used 36 times, read 6 ways (with 1 variation).
Across all words in Japanese, 空 is used 645 times, read 7 ways (with 2 variations).
クウ : 442 words FIND ALL
noun
1. air; atmosphere
2. mood; situation  (see also: 空気を読む)
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そら : 62 words FIND ALL
noun
1. sky; the air; the heavens
2. weather
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から : 55 words FIND ALL
emptiness; vacuum; blank
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: 27 words FIND ALL
noun
1. space; room; emptiness; gap
2. opening; vacancy; empty seat
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そら (read as ぞら) : 18 words FIND ALL
noun
blue sky
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'ku' godan verb, intransitive verb
1. to become less crowded; to thin out; to get empty
2. to be hungry  (see also: お腹が空く)
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むなしい : 7 words FIND ALL
1. empty; void; vacant
2. vain; fruitless; futile; ineffective
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(read as あき) : 5 words FIND ALL
vacancy; room for rent or lease
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うつ: 16 words. FIND ALL
noun
absentmindedness; dreaminess; simpleton; fool
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Henshall: 66 (originally: 15)  Joy o' Kanji : 15  Key to Kanji: 239 

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クウ   から empty   あ to be empty   あける to empty, vacate   そら sky   
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コウ   ク    work   
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ケツ   あな hole   
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ハチ   katakana 'ha'; eight   や    よう eight   
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roof   
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Search results include information from a variety of sources, including Kanshudo (kanji mnemonics, kanji readings, kanji components, vocab and name frequency data, grammar points), JMdict (vocabulary), Tatoeba (examples), Enamdict (names), KanjiVG (kanji animations and stroke order), and Joy o' Kanji (kanji and radical synopses). Translations provided by Google's Neural Machine Translation engine. For more information see credits.
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