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 kāi mén
 kai mon
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開門 means “to open a door,” “opening gate” or figuratively, “to open for business.”

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dì yù
    di4 yu4
ti yü

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hell; infernal; underworld; (Buddhism) Naraka
hell; (place-name) Jigoku
naraka, 捺落迦 (or 那落迦) ; niraya 泥犂; explained by 不樂 joyless; 可厭 disgusting, hateful; 苦具, 苦器 means of suffering; if 地獄 earth-prison; 冥府 the shades, or departments of darkness. Earth-prison is generally intp. as hell or the hells; it may also be termed purgatory; one of the six gati or ways of transmigration. The hells are divided into three classes: I. Central, or radical, 根本地獄 consisting of (1) The eight hot hells. These were the original hells of primitive Buddhism, and are supposed to be located umder the southern continent Jambudvīpa 瞻部州, 500 yojanas below the surface. (a) 等活 or 更活 Saṃjīva, rebirth, where after many kinds of suffering a cold wind blows over the soul and returns it to this life as it was before, hence the name 等活. (b) 黑繩 Kaslasūtra, where the sufferer is bound with black chains and chopped or sawn asunder. (c) 線合; 衆合; 堆壓 Saṃghāta, where are multitudes of implements of torture, or the falling of mountains upon the sufferer. (d) 號呌; 呼呼; 叫喚 Raurava, hell of wailing. (e) 大呌; 大號呌; 大呼 Mahāraurava, hell of great wailing. (f) 炎熱; 燒炙 Tapana, hell of fames and burning. (g) 大熱; 大燒炙; 大炎熱 Pratāpana, hell of molten lead. (h) 無間; 河鼻旨; 阿惟越致; 阿毗至; 阿鼻; 阿毗 Avīci, unintermitted suffering, where sinners die and are reborn to suffer without interval. (2) The eight cold hells 八寒地獄. (a) 頞浮陀地獄 Arbuda, where the cold causes blisters. (b) 尼刺部陀 Nirarbuda, colder still causing the blisters to burst. (c) 頞哳吒; 阿吒吒 Atata, where this is the only possible sound from frozen lips. (d) 臛臛婆; 阿波波 Hahava or Apapa, where it is so cold that only this sound can be uttered. (e) 虎虎婆 Hāhādhara or Huhuva, where only this sound can be uttered. (f) 嗢鉢羅; 鬱鉢羅 (or 優鉢羅) Utpala, or 尼羅鳥 (or 漚) 鉢羅 Nīlotpala, where the skin is frozen like blue lotus buds. (g) 鉢特摩 Padma, where the skin is frozen and bursts open like red lotus buds. (h) 摩訶鉢特摩 Mahāpadma, ditto like great red lotus buds. Somewhat different names are also given. Cf. 倶舍論 8; 智度論 16; 涅槃經 11. II. The secondary hells are called 近邊地獄 adjacent hells or 十六遊增 each of its four sides, opening from each such door are four adjacent hells, in all sixteen; thus with the original eight there are 136. A list of eighteen hells is given in the 十八泥梨經. III. A third class is called the 孤地獄 (獨地獄) Lokāntarika, or isolated hells in mountains, deserts, below the earth and above it. Eitel says in regard to the eight hot hells that they range 'one beneath the other in tiers which begin at a depth of 11,900 yojanas and reach to a depth of 40,000 yojanas'. The cold hells are under 'the two Tchahavālas and range shaft-like one below the other, but so that this shaft is gradually widening to the fourth hell and then narrowing itself again so that the first and last hell have the shortest, those in the centre the longest diameter'. 'Every universe has the same number of hells, ' but 'the northern continent has no hell whatever, the two continents east and west of Meru have only small Lokāntarika hells... whilst all the other hells are required for the inhabitants of the southern continent '. It may be noted that the purpose of these hells is definitely punitive, as well as purgatorial. Yama is the judge and ruler, assisted by eighteen officers and a host of demons, who order or administer the various degrees of torture. 'His sister performs the same duties with regard to female criminals, ' and it may be mentioned that the Chinese have added the 血盆池 Lake of the bloody bath, or 'placenta tank' for women who die in childbirth. Release from the hells is in the power of the monks by tantric means.



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kāi mén
    kai1 men2
k`ai men
    kai men

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to open a door (lit. and fig.); to open for business
(n,vs,vi) opening gate
opens the gate

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to open (a door); to open up (for development); to dispel; to refute; to repudiate
To open; translit. pi, v. 毘.



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qiāo kāi
    qiao1 kai1
ch`iao k`ai
    chiao kai
to get something open by tapping or striking it; (figuratively, when followed by something like ∼的大門|∼的大门[xx5 de5 da4 men2]) to open the door to ~; to gain access to ~



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pǔ mén
    pu3 men2
p`u men
    pu men
(surname) Fumon
Universal door, the opening into all things, or universality; the universe in anything; the unlimited doors open to a Buddha, or bodhisattva, and the forms in which he can reveal himself.



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pò mén
    po4 men2
p`o men
    po men
to burst or force open a door; to excommunicate sb (from the Roman Catholic Church); to score a goal (in football, hockey etc)
(noun, transitive verb) (1) expulsion (of a pupil); (noun, transitive verb) (2) excommunication; anathema
To break a door, leave a sect.



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xū yǎn
    xu1 yan3
hsü yen
to partially obscure; (of a door, gate or window) slightly open; ajar; not fully shut; unlocked; (of a jacket or shirt) unbuttoned



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kāi fàng
    kai1 fang4
k`ai fang
    kai fang
 kaihou / kaiho
to bloom; to open; to be open (to the public); to open up (to the outside); to be open-minded; unrestrained by convention; unconstrained in one's sexuality
(noun, transitive verb) (1) opening (a door, window, etc.); leaving open; (noun, transitive verb) (2) opening up (e.g. to the public); allowing (public) access


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(adv-to,adv) (1) (onomatopoeic or mimetic word) with a clatter; (adv-to,adv) (2) (onomatopoeic or mimetic word) with a fling (opening a door, window, etc.); (adv-to,adv) (3) (onomatopoeic or mimetic word) bright and clear (weather, sky, etc.); perfectly (fine weather); (adv-to,adv) (4) (onomatopoeic or mimetic word) nicely dry (laundry, air, etc.); crisply (fried, cooked, etc.); (adv-to,adv) (5) (onomatopoeic or mimetic word) cheerfully; frankly; open-heartedly; (adv-to,adv) (6) (onomatopoeic or mimetic word) completely (forget, change, etc.); totally



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bàn kāi mén
    ban4 kai1 men2
pan k`ai men
    pan kai men
half-open door; fig. prostitute


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(transitive verb) (1) (archaism) to kick free; to kick loose; to kick away; (transitive verb) (2) (archaism) to kick open (e.g. a sliding door)


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(transitive verb) (1) to break (by kicking); to kick down (e.g. a door); to kick open; to break down; to break open; (transitive verb) (2) (idiom) to smash through (e.g. the enemy); to rout



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kāi hòu mén
    kai1 hou4 men2
k`ai hou men
    kai hou men
to open the back door; fig. under the counter; to do a secret or dishonest deal; to let something in by the back door



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kāi mén pào
    kai1 men2 pao4
k`ai men p`ao
    kai men pao
firecrackers to open the door on the New Year


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(exp,v5r) to bust down a door; to break a door open



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mén hù kāi fàng
    men2 hu4 kai1 fang4
men hu k`ai fang
    men hu kai fang
open door policy; Egyptian President Sadat's infitah policy towards investment and relations with Israel


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 monkokaihou / monkokaiho
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (yoji) open door policy



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kāi gān lù mén
    kai1 gan1 lu4 men2
k`ai kan lu men
    kai kan lu men
 kai kanro mon
To open the ambrosial door, i.e. provide for hungry ghosts.



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kāi mén yī dào
    kai1 men2 yi1 dao4
k`ai men i tao
    kai men i tao
leaving the door open invites the thief (idiom); to invite disaster by giving evildoers a free hand



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kāi mén jiàn shān
    kai1 men2 jian4 shan1
k`ai men chien shan
    kai men chien shan
lit. to open the door and see the mountain; fig. to get right to the point (idiom)



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tiān ān mén kāi le
    tian1 an1 men2 kai1 le5
t`ien an men k`ai le
    tien an men kai le
pants fly is down; the barn door is open


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(exp,v1) to open the door


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(exp,v1) (idiom) to open a pathway (to); to find a way (to); to open the door (to); to pave the way (for)


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(exp,v5k) to open the door (to the world, women, etc.)


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open door


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door handle (usu. D-shaped handle for pulling open doors); doorhandle


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 monkokaihouseisaku / monkokaihosesaku
open door policy


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 oopun doa
open door


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 garari; garari
    ガラリ; がらり
(adv,adv-to) (1) (onomatopoeic or mimetic word) (opening a door) with a clatter; noisily; flinging (open); forcefully; (adv,adv-to) (2) (onomatopoeic or mimetic word) (falling) with a clatter; with a crash; (adv,adv-to) (3) (onomatopoeic or mimetic word) (changing) completely; totally; utterly; dramatically; suddenly; (4) louvre window; louvre door


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 doa handoru
door handle (usu. D-shaped handle for pulling open doors); doorhandle

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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Open Door開門
kai mon / kaimonkāi mén / kai1 men2 / kai men / kaimenk`ai men / kaimen / kai men
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