Taxonomy of meanings for 極:

  • jí (OC: ɡɯɡ MC: ɡɨk) 渠力切 入 廣韻:【中也至也終也窮也髙也逺也説文棟也渠力切一 】
    • ridgepole (at rooftop)>BEAM
      • nZHUANG: ridge of a roof
      • abstract>EXTREME
        • nabmetaphysicalthe ultimate; ultimate point
        • vad.VadNextremely, consummately
        • vadNextreme
        • vadV.adNextremely
        • vadV.postadNextremely
        • vadVextremely; to a high degree (adverb-raising in phrases like 極成親愛"get to be on extremely close terms".
        • vadV1.postadV2extremely
        • vibe intense
        • vpostadVin the extreme
        • viprocessreach an extreme point
        • vtoNreach an extreme point of N
        • supreme quality>PERFECT
          • vadNextremely accomplished, ultimate
          • vadV.adNperfectly, consummately
          • viachieve ultimate perfection
          • vtoNcausativecause to be perfect; to perfect
          • vttoN1 prep N2bring N1 to perfection in N2
          • nabfeaturepoint of highest perfection
          • abstract function>MODEL
              • moral>PRINCIPLE
                • nabmoralultimate moral and social principle; high principle
          • height>SUMMIT
            • nabfigurativeextremity, ultimate point; the apex, acme
            • astronomic>STAR
              • nprnorth pole star
          • abstract>LIMIT
            • nextreme limit; ultimate point
            • nadNlimiting
            • vireach the limit > ripen (of grain) ??
            • action>REACH
              • vt+prep+Nreach as far as
              • vtoNpassivebe reached (of something high) 不可極
              • vt(oN)reach the contextually determinate point
              • vtoNreach as the ultimate destination
          • specific>EXCESSIVE
            • nadVextremely, very intensely; to an excessive degree; with the ultimate intensity
            • vibe extreme
            • vpostadVintensitivepostverbal intensifier: extremely, V to the extreme
            • vtoNcausativebe caused to be excessive
            • vadV.adNexcessively, extremely
            • vt+prep+Nab{ACT}go to excesses in NPab-ing
          • abstract>IMPORTANT
            • nabmetaphysicalthe supreme point; the ultimate decisive and crucial point
          • action>EXHAUST
            • vtoNreach to the extremes of, reach throughout; exercise to the utmost; put every effort into
            • vtoNreflexive.自exhaust all one has
            • having exhausted one’s strength>TIRED
              • nabfeatureextremity, state of extreme exhaustion and hardship
          • feature: negative>DISTRESS
            • vtoNdrive to extreme exhaustion
      • STATES
        • NPprJí 極 (it was suggested that this Jí is Jù 遽 of the bronze inscriptions, but this identification remains uncertain) (CHEN PAN 1969, 357-359)