边 (邊) biān

  1. biān noun side / boundary / edge / margin
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语
    Notes: For example, 渔妇的船就停在河边 'The fisherwoman's boat stopped at the side of the river.' (Ye Shengtao, 1999, p. 24; Barnes 2007, p. 57; Unihan '邊'; XHZD '边' 1)
  2. biān adverb on the one hand / on the other hand / doing while
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Concept: Correlative 关联词
    Notes: The form 边…边… is usually used to indicate that two actions are occuring at the same time. It is often used in coordinate complex sentences. When the following verb is monosyllabic 一边 can be abbreviated to 边 (XHZD '边' 5).
  3. biān suffix suffix of a noun of locality
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语
    Notes: Used to form a noun of locality by appending to the noun. For example, 上边 top and 外边 outside (Norman 1988, p. 162; XHZD '边' 6)
  4. biān noun frontier / border
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语
    Notes: Synonymous with 边境 in this sense (Unihan '邊'; XHZD '边' 2)
  5. biān noun end / extremity / limit
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: Synonymous with 尽头 in this sense
  6. biān verb to be near / to approach
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: Synonymous with 靠近 in this sense
  7. biān noun a party / a side
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语
    Notes: For example, 双边 bilateral (XHZD '边' 4)

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