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jiǔ nine / 9
jiǔ black jade / nine (banker's anti-fraud numeral)
事半功倍 shì bàn gōng bèi half the work, twice the effect (idiom); the right approach saves effort and leads to better results / a stitch in time saves nine
九鼎 Jiǔ Dǐng the Nine Tripod Cauldrons, symbol of state power, dating back to the Xia Dynasty
九死一生 jiǔ shēng nine deaths and still alive (idiom); a narrow escape / new lease of life
九尾狐 jiǔ wěi nine-tailed fox (mythological creature)
仙界 xiān jiè world of the immortals / fairyland / cloud nine
泛珠三角 fàn zhū sān jiǎo Pan-Pearl River delta / The nine provinces of Southern China around Guangzhou and the Pearl River delta / South China
九头鸟 jiǔ tóu niǎo legendary bird with nine heads (old) / cunning or sly person
浓妆艳抹 nóng zhuāng yàn to apply makeup conspicuously (idiom) / dressed to the nines and wearing makeup
九牛一毛 jiǔ niú máo lit. one hair from nine oxen (idiom) / fig. a drop in the ocean
一言九鼎 yán jiǔ dǐng one word worth nine sacred tripods (idiom); words of enormous weight
龙生九子 lóng shēng jiǔ lit. the dragon has nine sons (idiom); fig. all kinds of characters / good and bad intermingled / It takes all sorts to make a world.
九泉 jiǔ quán the nine springs / the underworld of Chinese mythology / Hades
太常 tài cháng Minister of Ceremonies in imperial China, one of the Nine Ministers 九卿[jiu3 qing1]
少府 shǎo Minor Treasurer in imperial China, one of the Nine Ministers 九卿[jiu3 qing1]
三教九流 sān jiào jiǔ liú the Three Religions (Daoism, Confucianism, Buddhism) and Nine Schools (Confucians, Daoists, Yin-Yang, Legalists, Logicians, Mohists, Political Strategists, Eclectics, Agriculturists) / fig. people from all trades (often derog.)
九卿 jiǔ qīng the Nine Ministers (in imperial China)
九九归一 jiǔ jiǔ guī nine divide by nine is one (abacus rule) / when all is said and done
九章算术 Jiǔ zhāng Suàn shù The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art
九窍 jiǔ qiào nine orifices of the human body (eyes, nostrils, ears, mouth, urethra, anus)
德沃夏克 xià Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904), Bohemian composer, author of nine symphonies including the New World symphony
廷尉 tíng wèi Commandant of Justice in imperial China, one of the Nine Ministers 九卿[jiu3 qing1]
太仆 tài Grand Servant in Imperial China, one of the Nine Ministers 九卿[jiu3 qing1]
卫尉 wèi wèi Commandant of Guards (in imperial China), one of the Nine Ministers 九卿[jiu3 qing1]
九齿钉耙 jiǔ chǐ dīng The Nine-Toothed Rake (weapon of Zhu Bajie 豬八戒|猪八戒[Zhu1 Ba1 jie4])
大司农 nóng Grand Minister of Agriculture in imperial China, one of the Nine Ministers 九卿[jiu3 qing1]
光禄勋 guāng xūn Supervisor of Attendants in imperial China, one of the Nine Ministers 九卿[jiu3 qing1]
大鸿胪 hóng Grand Herald in imperial China, one of the Nine Ministers 九卿[jiu3 qing1]
九尾龟 jiǔ wěi guī nine-tailed turtle of mythology / The Nine-tailed Turtle, novel by late Qing novelist Zhang Chunfan 張春帆|张春帆
小洞不补大洞吃苦 xiǎo dòng dòng chī A small hole not plugged will make you suffer a big hole (idiom); a stitch in time saves nine
数九 shǔ jiǔ nine periods of nine days each after winter solstice, the coldest time of the year
九成 jiǔ chéng nine-tenths / ninety percent
数九天 shǔ jiǔ tiān nine periods of nine days each after winter solstice, the coldest time of the year
九号球 jiǔ hào qiú nine-ball (billiards game)
天才出自勤奋 tiān cái chū qín fèn genius comes from hard effort / Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration (Thomas Edison)
交九 jiāo jiǔ the coldest period of the year / three nine day periods after the winter solstice
张春帆 Zhāng Chūn fān Zhang Chunfan (-1935), late Qing novelist, author of The Nine-tailed Turtle 九尾龜|九尾龟
沅江九肋 Yuán jiāng jiǔ lèi rare talent / lit. legendary nine-ribbed turtle of Yuan river
九声六调 jiǔ shēng liù diào nine tones and six modes (tonal system of Cantonese and other southern languages)
三跪九叩 sān guì jiǔ kòu to kneel three times and kowtow nine times (formal etiquette on meeting the emperor)
及时处理,事半功倍 shí chǔ , shì bàn gōng bèi timely handling doubles the effect and halves the effort / the right approach saves effort and leads to better results / a stitch in time saves nine
宗正 zōng zhèng Director of the Imperial Clan in imperial China, one of the Nine Ministers 九卿[jiu3 qing1]
小洞不堵,大洞难补 xiǎo dòng , dòng nán If you don't plug the small hole, the big hole will be hard to repair (idiom); A stitch in time saves nine.
九流 jiǔ liú the nine schools of thought, philosophical schools of the Spring and Autumn and Warring States Periods (770-220 BC), viz Confucians 儒家[Ru2 jia1], Daoists 道家[Dao4 jia1], Yin and Yang 陰陽家|阴阳家[Yin1 yang2 jia1], Legalists 法家[Fa3 jia1], Logicians 名家[Ming2 jia1], Mohists 墨家[Mo4 jia1], Diplomats 縱橫家|纵横家[Zong4 heng2 jia1], Miscellaneous 雜家|杂家[Za2 jia1], and Agriculturalists 農家|农家[Nong2 jia1]
赑屃 Bixi, one of the nine sons of a dragon with the form of a tortoise, also known as 龜趺|龟趺[gui1 fu1]
小洞不堵,大洞受苦 xiǎo dòng , dòng shòu A small hole not plugged will make you suffer a big hole (idiom); A stitch in time saves nine.
小洞不堵,大洞吃苦 xiǎo dòng , dòng chī A small hole not plugged will make you suffer a big hole (idiom); A stitch in time saves nine.
数九寒天 shǔ jiǔ hán tiān nine periods of nine days each after winter solstice, the coldest time of the year
九面体 jiǔ miàn enneahedron (solid figure having nine plane faces)
三旬九食 sān xún jiǔ shí lit. to have only nine meals in thirty days (idiom) / fig. (of a family) on the brink of starvation / in dire straits


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