zhī to support; to sustain; to erect; to prop up

Made up of [ shí ten; 10 radical 24, yòu also; in addition; and radical 29]
Used as component in : zhī ;
This measure word can be used with these nouns: (pen)
Made with 4 strokes.
The 'hand' underneath something gives idea of support

Related characters

Also uses shí component: bàn (half) (virtue) dùn (shield) (ancient) huá (splendid) mài (sell) nán (south) (hops) shén (what) (noon) zài (to carry) zǎo (early) zhí (straight)
Also uses yòu component: bào (to announce) (to pass) duì (right) (to send out) fǎn (contrary) (clothes) hàn (chinese) huān (merry) (and) (fowl) jiān (difficult) nán (difficult) (to take) shèng (holy) shòu (to receive) shù (tree) shuāng (pair) yǒu (friend) (pool)

Sounds same

zhī (one) zhī (him) zhī (to know) zhī (branch)

Different tone

zhí (straight) zhí (value) zhí (to plant) zhǐ (paper) zhǐ (to stop) zhǐ (walk slowly) zhì (aspiration) zhì (to arrive) zhì (to rule) zhì (to send) zhì (to install)

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stroke order for 支
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独木难支 dú mù nán zhī It often requires more than one person to resolve problems