Zi:大

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[] big, great; 大​ dàjiā everybody; (radical 37, 大​) [dài] 大​ dàifu doctor; (HDZ:) …; ​; ​ [tài] ​: ​

2 monosyllabic entries in The ABC Chinese-English Comprehensive Dictionary (namespace Ci):

dà* {A} s.v.big; great; high; tall; vastmuch; veryoldTā duō ∼? 他多∼? How old is he?eldestadultn. 〈topo.〉 fathercons.∼ V tè V big/great/etc. V∼ cuò tè cuò ∼错特错 gross error∼ A ∼ B used with two monosyllabic nouns, verbs, or stative verbs related in meaning to indicate high degree∼yú-∼ròu bǎile yī̠ mǎn zhuō. ∼鱼∼肉摆了一满桌。 The table was filled with lots of meat and fish.
⁹dài {E} b.f. person of importance ►dàifu 大夫

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The Shuōwén Seal form of 大 dà ‘big (man)’ is said to depict a person in frontal view, standing up straight with legs/feet apart and arms stretched out: the arms spread wide indicate a great/large quantity (maximum arm-span; cf. fathom: span of a man's outstretched arms); formerly also wr. ​ depicting a man with broad shoulders (a distinct old component form, later wr. 大).
    Compare: ​, ​, ​(​𡗓), ​, ​, ​, ​, ​, ​, ​𡚇.
    Compare: ​(​) tài ‘great; extreme’; ​ tiān ‘heaven/sky’; ​ měi ‘beautiful’; ​ wén ‘decorative lines’ (as in ​, ​, ​); ​ jiā ‘press/squeeze’; ​(​𡗕) yì ‘sides; besides’ (​).
    Compare: ​(​𡙌) tài ‘slippery’ (䷊); ​(​) tài ‘wash away’; ​(​) qù; ​(​𥁋) hé/gài; ​(​) bǐ; ​(​𠀤) bìng.
    Compare: ​(​) rén ‘person’ (which depicted a person as seen in profile).
    HDZ: 大 : dà : ​、​、​、​、​、​、​、​ (ant. ​); ​、​、​、​; (​、​) ​, (​、​) ​, (​、​) ​ (​大​; ​大​; ​大​); ​, ​; (​) (​大​, 大​); ​, ​; ​; ​大, ​; (​) ​ (大​: ​, 大​: ​); (​) ​ (cf. ​); (​) ​, ​; (​) (​) 大​, ​; (​) 大​, 大​; ​ (大​, 大​); ​ (大​; 大​; 大​); (​) • dài : ​大​、大​ (​) (cf. 大​); ​ (​; ​); ​: ​ • tài : ​/​: (​, ​, ​, ​, ​, ​, ​)
►references: Guǎngyùn:380.23,419.33; Wieger:60a; Karlgren:AD952,GSR317a; Hànyǔ Dà Zìdiǎn:1.520.1; Lindqvist:27; Mathews:5943; Kāngxī Zìdiǎn:248.01; Bǐshùn Guīfàn:002.1.06; Wáng(1993):3; EDOC:1
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