KA GE kuda (below, low, give, inferior)

Character Etymology:

Originally two horizontal lines, the lower one being smaller to indicate below a given line. The verticle lines was added for further emphasis, as it was believed the downward tilt of the third stroke.

ASCII Art Representation:

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A listing of all on-yomi and kun-yomi readings:

on-yomi: KA GE
kun-yomi: shita shimo moto sa(keru) sa(garu) kuda(ru) kuda(ri) kuda(su) -kuda(su) kuda(saru) o(rosu) o(riru)

Nanori Readings:

Nanori: saka shito

English Definitions:

  1. KA, GE: low-class, inferiority, second, or the last volume of a series.
  2. kuda(ru): come down, go down, descend, be given, be less than, have diarrhea, retire, leave the capitol.
  3. kuda(saru): give, confer, or oblidge.
  4. kuda(sai): please give me.
  5. kuda(su): let down, lower, give, confer, issue (orders), have diarrea, or lay (hands) on.
  6. o(riru): go down.
  7. o(rosu): take down, wear (for the first time), let off (passengers), excersize, borrow (in subtraction), reduce, remove.
  8. sa(garu): hang down, dangle.
  9. sa(geru): hang, wear a decoration.
  10. shita: lower part, bottom, base, downstaires, below average, withdraw (money), or like the english prefix sub-.
  11. kuda(ranai): trivial, worthless.
  12. kuda(ri): descent, diarrea.
  13. kuda(shi): purgation, evacuation.
  14. :
  15. o(roshi): a grater or grated radish.
  16. (o)sa(gari): an offering to deities, used clothes, leavings (of food).
  17. sa(gari): decline
  18. shimo: bottom, lower part, the foot, masses, the servants, the governed.
  19. moto: vicinity.
  20. moto ni, moto de: under (a tree); under (juristiction of).

Unicode Encoded Version:

Unicode Encoded Compound Examples:

下手 (heta): unskillful.
下位 (kai): subordinate person.
下品 (gehin): vulgarity, inferior article, person of low birth.
下界 (gekai): this world, the earth.
下着 (shitagi): underwear.
下僕 (geboku): your humble servant.

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Be*low" (?), prep. [Pref. be- by + low.]


Under, or lower in place; beneath not so high; as, below the moon; below the knee.



Inferior to in rank, excellence, dignity, value, amount, price, etc.; lower in quality.

"One degree below kings."



Unworthy of; unbefitting; beneath.

They beheld, with a just loathing and disdain, . . . how below all history the persons and their actions were. Milton.

Who thinks no fact below his regard. Hallam.

Syn. -- Underneath; under; beneath.


© Webster 1913.

Be*low", adv.


In a lower place, with respect to any object; in a lower room; beneath.

Lord Marmion waits below. Sir W. Scott.


On the earth, as opposed to the heavens.

The fairest child of Jove below. Prior.


In hell, or the regions of the dead.

What businesss brought him to the realms below. Dryden.


In court or tribunal of inferior jurisdiction; as, at the trial below.



In some part or page following.


© Webster 1913.

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