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concave, hollow; sunken
Kanji 1032

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Synopsis

English speakers rarely refer to concavity, but the Japanese use 凹 in an astonishing variety of ways. They need it when writing about everything from dimpled golf balls, potholes, and cupped hands to inconsistent income and the moon's irregular surface. With 凹, one can also mention cognitive and psychological states. And this kanji is crucial in discussions of both topography and flat abs!

Revision history:

Jan. 2 and 3, 2020:

  • p. 5: One product no longer seems to exist on Amazon, so I deleted not only the link but also the whole paragraph about it.
  • p. 7: Fixed a link in the sidebar.
  • p. 11: Simplified the last sample sentence to match how we have it in essay 1590.
  • p. 13: Added a link to the Kanshudo games.

Apr. 17, 2015: Originally published.

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