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刻 kè: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 3

刻 (kè) English Meaning

  • quarter (hour)
  • moment
  • to carve
  • to engrave
  • to cut
  • oppressive
  • classifier for short time intervals

Traditional Character:  

This character forms words in:

HSK 3,  HSK 5 and HSK 6.  CLICK HERE to jump to the list.

Sample Sentences

  • 享受这一刻吧!
    Xiǎngshòu zhè yīkè ba!
    Enjoy the moment.
  • 一刻也不浪费。
    Yīkè yě bù làngfèi.
    There’s not a moment to waste.
  • 现在是八点一刻。
    Xiànzài shì bā diǎn yīkè.
    It’s a quarter past eight.
  • 现在五点差一刻。
    Xiànzài wǔ diǎnchā yīkè.
    It is a quarter to five.
  • 它发生在十一点一刻。
    Tā fāshēng zài shíyī diǎn yī kè.
    It happened at a quarter past eleven.
  • 噪音一刻不停地持续了一整夜。
    Zàoyīn yī kè bù tíng de chíxùle yī zhěng yè.
    The noise went on all night without a moment’s respite.
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Stroke Order & Character Components

hsk 3 ke 4
  • (hài): 12th earthly branch: 9-11 p.m., 10th solar month (7th November-6th December), year of the Boar
  • (dāo): knife

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 刻

HSK 3 Word List

  • 刻(kè): quarter (hour); moment; to carve; to engrave; to cut; oppressive; classifier for short time intervals

HSK 5 Word List

  • 刻苦(kè kǔ): hardworking; assiduous
  • 立刻(lì kè): forthwith; immediate; prompt; promptly; straightway; thereupon; at once
  • 深刻(shēn kè): profound; deep; deep-going
  • 时刻(shí kè): moment; constantly; always; CL: 個|个(gè)

HSK 6 Word List

  • 雕刻(diāo kè): to carve; to engrave; carving
  • 刻不容缓(kè bù róng huǎn): to brook no delay; to demand immediate action
  • 片刻(piàn kè): short period of time; a moment
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