Taxonomy of meanings for 道:

  • dào (OC: ɡ-luuʔ MC: dɑu) 徒晧切 上 廣韻:【理也路也直也衆妙皆道也説文曰所行道也一逹謂之道徒晧切七 】
  • dào (OC: ɡ-luuʔ MC: dɑu) 徒晧切 上 廣韻:【道古文 】
  • dào (OC: ɡ-luuʔ MC: dɑu) 徒晧切 上 廣韻:【道古文 】
    • WAY
      • n{PLACE}adVon the roads; by the wayside; in the streets
      • n(traditionally: two-track) wide road suitable for carts; main thoroughfare
      • nfigurativethe right way, one's way
      • nabdistanceway in the sense of distance covered, or stretch to be covered; route
      • nabfigurativeright of passage, right of way
      • nadVfigurativeon the way, underway, mid-way
      • npost-Nthe way to N
      • vtoNtake (literally) as one's thoroughfare/path
      • vtoNfigurativetake as one's method of action
      • nabmethodroute to be followed
      • ngeneralway or path or road of any kind
      “road”
      • abstractly>METHOD
        • nab.post-Nthe proper way of V-ing; the proper role of an N, the proper way of being an N
        • nab.post-V{NUM}methodway of doing things
        • nab.post-V{NUM}methodmethods, basic orientations
        • nabbuddhistBUDDH: the Buddhist truth; the Buddhist way; skr. mārga
        • nabideologicalideology, standard way of thinking imposed on a group or dominating a group
        • nabmathematical termCHEMLA 2003: method
        • nabmetaphysicalthe (morally correct) Way; the proper non-substance-like abstract metaphysical principle ensuring that all is well in the world
        • nabmethodmass noun that can be counted and specified as being somebody's: way, or the way of doing something; ways (of the world)
        • nadNbent on the Way
        • viactfollow the proper Way; follow a definite method
        • vtoNtake as one's method/way/Way
        • nab.post-Nthe proper Way for an N
        • nabsocialnegative: way of behaviour
        • nab{PRED}be the proper Way
        • nab.adVin accordance with the way
        • act according to a method>CONFORM
          • vtoNputativeREGARD AS THE WAY TO GO> follow the path of
          • conforming to religious rules>MONK
            • n[adN][a person>follower] of the (Buddhist) Way> a Buddhist monk [exocentric construction]
          • conforming to a standard>GOOD
            • nsubjectwhat is in accordance to the Way
            • vibe according to the way; be good and proper
            • viactact according to the good and proper Way
        • inherent method>PRINCIPLE
          • nabmetaphysicalcosmic principle underlying the processes of the universe
          • articulate principle>SPEAK
            • viactspeak up
            • vt.red(oN)speak, speak!
            • vt(oN1.)post-VtoN2tell N2 a contextually defined N1
            • vt[0](oN)imperativespeak! say it!
            • vt[0]oSit is said that
            • vtoNcite, quote; advocate, maintain (that); mention; bring up as a subject
            • vtoNpsychspeak about (oneself)
            • vtoSsay S
            • vtoSimperativesay "..."!
            • vtoSS=indirect.speechsay that S
            • vt(oN)speak of a contextually determined object
            • vtoNpassivebe quoted, be advocated
            • vt[oN]be spoken about; be quoted
            “quote”
          • PERSUADE
            • vttoN.+V[0]tell N to V; try to persuade N to V
          • specifically>TEACH
            • nab.post-Nteaching, doctrine 佛道, 儒道
          • what is taught>DOCTRINE
            • nabsemantictrue system of teachings: Buddhist, Taoist, or traditional Confucian
            “true doctrine”
          • post-Han: follower of what is taught>TAOIST
            • n[adN]post-Han: adherent of Taoism
          • post-Han> follower of what is taught>BUDDHIST
            • n[adN]humanpost-Han: adherent of Buddhism
          • marked derivation dǎoLEAD
            • dǎoGOVERN
              • vtoNgovern in a principled way
            • metaphysically>COSMIC FORCE
              • nabmetaphysicalthe Way as a cosmic force in the universe
            • LAW OF NATURE
              • nabmetaphysicalthe principles governing the regularities in nature; the force that imnposes regularity on natural processes
              • JUSTICE
                • nabmoralthe proper recommended way; teaching
                • viactpractise the Way
        • use a road>TRAVEL
          • nadVfrom travel (on the roads)
          • nabthe road to be covered in travel: journey
          • GO TO
            • vtoNgo to and pass through on one's route; pass by
      • having followed a way>FROM
        • STATES
          • NPprState of Da4o
        • Han administrative terminology:REGION
          • nHan bureaucratic usage: region inhabited by minority peoples