Memory Phrase (Mnemonic) for 空


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Meaning

sky, empty, air, in vain, vacant

Pronunciation

kōng, kòng

Explanation

Top: hole, cavity (It is covered and a narrowing path leads into the cave.), bottom: to build, work

Mnemonic

When a hole is built (into the ceiling), the empty sky opens.

Radicals

cave
work, to build

Vocabulary

天空 tiān kōng sky
空旷 kōng kuàng spacious and empty; void
空跑一趟 kōng pǎo yī tàng to make a journey for nothing
万人空巷 wàn rén kōng xiàng the multitudes come out from everywhere, emptying every alleyway (to celebrate); the whole town turns out
挖空心思 wā kōng xīn si to dig for thoughts (idiom); to search everything for an answer
空闲 kòng xián idle; free time; leisure
空洞 kōng dòng cavity; empty; vacuous
空穴 kòng xué electron hole
上空 shàng kōng overhead; in the sky
空隙 kòng xì crack; gap between two objects; gap in time between two events
空前 kōng qián unprecedented

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