The Chinese character 火

And its Chinese character component form


  1. fire
  2. fiery; flaming
  3. urgent; pressing
  4. hot; internal heat (Chinese medicine)
  5. ammunition; firearms

The Chinese character was created to look like a fire crackling. Do you see it?

火 is both a Chinese character and a Chinese character component

Everything you need to know about the Chinese character component 火 fire in an easily downloadable and sharable image

火 can be used as a meaning component in a Chinese character. You’ll find 火 in characters and words related to fire and light. It can also be found in characters that express an action related to light or fire, and more.

These characters all contain 火:


to extinguish; to put out; to turn off


lamp; lantern; light


to stir-fry; to sauté; to roast (while stirring)


smoke; mist; vapour; cigarette

When used as a character component, 火 can also change shapes.

The component 火 is usually easy to spot, once you know it can also take another form.

You can find the character component 火 looking like this in words like:

热 rè: heat; hot; to heat up; to warm up; warm; fever; temperature

照 zhào: to shine; to illuminate; to light up; to reflect; to mirror

Do you see how the Chinese character component 火 in this 灬 shape is always placed on the bottom?

You’ll also find the meaning component 火 in many other Chinese characters. Browse the full list here.

All 80,000+ Chinese characters share the same character components. Chinese character components are therefore essential for Chinese learners: they are the building blocks of Chinese. Chinese character components help tremendously with understanding a character: they provide information on its meaning or on its pronunciation. In short, knowing character components will help you analyse, learn and remember each Chinese character much better.

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NinchaneseChinese Character component 火 fire (meaning)