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English Definitioninverse number; reciprocal (math.)
See alsodàoshǔ to count backwards (from 10 down to 0); to count down; from the bottom (lines on a page); from the back (rows of seats)
Simplified Script倒数
Traditional Script倒數
Pinyindàoshù, Taiwan pr. dàoshǔ
Effective Pinyin
(After Tone Sandhi)
Zhuyin (Bopomofo)ㄉㄠˋ ㄕㄨˋ
Cantonese (Jyutping)dou3sou3
Part of Speech(动) verb
Proficiency Test LevelTOP=Advanced
Word Decomposition
dàoto place upside down; to invert; to pour; to throw out; to move backwards; however; actually; as a matter of fact; contrary to expectation
shùnumber; figure; several

Related Words

Words With Same Head Word    
倒退dàotuìto fall back; to go in reverse
倒像dàoxiànginverted image; reversed image (e.g. upside down)
倒刺dàocìbarb; barbed tip (e.g. of fishhook)
倒反dàofǎninstead; on the contrary; contrary (to expectations)
Words With Same Tail Word    
多数duōshùmajority; most
少数shǎoshùsmall number; few; minority
无数wúshùcountless; numberless; innumerable
大多数dàduō shù(great) majority
分数fēnshù(exam) grade; mark; score; fraction
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