カン, せき, ぜき, かか.わる, からくり, かんぬき

connection, barrier, gateway, involve, concerning

JLPT3 G4 S14 F70

The lower element# is as per (two boards pierced by a connecting rod) + slender thread (doubled) → connect two objects by piercing each and inserting thread or cord through holes in them (compare and 穿). 關 adds 門 gate → *shut* a gate by connecting its two doors with a *bolt* or *bar* → *connect*; *barrier*; *checkpoint*. Also, *be involved* (← have a connection with).

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