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背 means 'back'

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Strokes : 9    Frequency: 412   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Study set: 3-10    Grade: 6   Intermediate lesson: 24    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 117 words   Used in 172 words   Used in 126 names   Component in 2 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
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   ハイ
Kun
   the back   せい height   そむ to disobey   そむける to turn one's face away
⿱   north   () body part  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 背 is used 15 times, read 4 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 背 is used 158 times, read 4 ways (with 3 variations).
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ハイ : 69 words FIND ALL
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noun
1. background; scenery; backdrop; setting; circumstance; context
2. backing; support (from behind the scenes)
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ハイ (read as ぱい) : 1 word FIND ALL
noun
dorsal; dorsal consonant  (linguistics terminology)
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せ : 71 words FIND ALL
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noun
back (of body)
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せい : 7 words FIND ALL
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tallness; tall person
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そむ : 5 words FIND ALL
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'ku' godan verb, intransitive verb
to run counter to; to go against; to disobey; to infringe
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せい (read as ぜい) : 3 words FIND ALL
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noun
stature; height
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せ (read as ぜ) : 2 words FIND ALL
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bent back; hunchback; stoop
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Henshall: 967 (originally: 957)  Joy o' Kanji : 957  Key to Kanji: 854 

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ハイ   せ the back   せい height   そむ to disobey   そむける to turn one's face away   
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ホク   きた north   
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さじ spoon   
left side   じょう    しょう    
ニク body part   
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