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擦 cā: Meaning and Pronunciation / HSK 4

擦 (cā) English Meaning

  • to wipe
  • to erase
  • rubbing (brush stroke in painting)
  • to clean
  • to polish

Traditional Character:  

This character forms words in:

Sample Sentences

  • 她进屋前擦了鞋。
    Tā jìn wū qián cāle xié.
    She scraped her shoes clean before she entered the house.
  • 涂油使用以及用油膏擦的过程
    Tú yóu shǐyòng yǐjí yòng yóu gāo cā de guòchéng
    It is the process of applying and rubbing in an ointment.
  • 在家里,麦克的工作就是擦窗户。
    zài jiālǐ, màikè de gōngzuò jiùshì cā chuānghù.
    When Michael is at home, his job is to clean the windows.
  • 用石头相擦可产生火花用来引火。
    Yòng shítou xiāng cā kě chǎnshēng huǒhuā yòng lái yǐnhuǒ.
    Rubbing stones together produces sparks that can start a fire.
  • 你别在桌布上擦沾了果酱的手指。
    Nǐ bié zài zhuōbù shàng cā zhānle guǒjiàng de shǒuzhǐ.
    Don’t wipe your jammy fingers on the table-cloth.
  • 我用沾满油污的碎布擦我的自行车。
    Wǒ yòng zhān mǎn yóuwū de suì bù cā wǒ de zìxíngchē.
    I use an oily rag to clean my bike with.
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Stroke Order & Character Components

HSK 4 ca 1
  • 扌 (shou): hand
  • 宀 (mián): roof
  • 祭 (jì): to offer sacrifice; festive occasion
  • 察 (chá): to examine; to inquire; to observe; to inspect; to look into; obvious; clearly evident

Links to all HSK Words & Lists Containing 擦

HSK 4 Word List

  • 擦 (cā): to wipe; to erase; rubbing (brush stroke in painting); to clean; to polish

HSK 6 Word List

  • 摩擦 (mó cā): friction; rubbing; chafing; fig. disharmony; conflict; same as 磨擦
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