サ, さ.す, さ.し

distinction, difference, variation, discrepancy, margin, balance

JLPT3 G4 S10 F449

The relevant bronzeware inscription form combines # (aligned at an angle) + a rice plant → rice plants in irregular alignment → *inconsistent*; *difference* (← irregular) → *dispatch* (← send forth ← protrude) → *thrust*; *offer* (← dispatch). The verb bears many extended senses from the idea of "thrust," including *extend*; *stretch*; *insert*; *raise* (the hands); *put up*; *carry*; *hold*; and *wear*.

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