Taxonomy of meanings for 左:

  • zuò (OC: skaals MC: tsɑ) 則箇切 去 廣韻:【左右又作可切 】
  • zuǒ (OC: skaalʔ MC: tsɑ) 臧可切 上 廣韻:【左右也亦姓齊之公族有左右公子後因氏焉又漢複姓二氏左傳宋公子目夷爲左師其後爲氏秦有左師觸龍晉先蔑爲左行其後爲氏漢有御史左行恢臧可切三 】
  • zuǒ (OC: ʔsaalʔ MC: tsɑ) 臧可切 上 廣韻:【戾也説文曰左手也象形 】
    • LEFT
      • geographic: east>DIRECTION
        • nthe left side
        • vadNleft
        • vadVwith the left hand; on the left side
        • vadVtowards lefttowards the left
        • viactsteer left; turn left; keep to the left
        • vtoNcausativeput on the left; place on the left-hand side
        • npost-Nthe left hand side of N
        • vtoNhave on one's left-hand side, as an advisor
      • metaphorical>BAD
          • putative>DESPISE
            • vtoNdisapprove
          • putative>DISAGREE
              • active>HINDER
                • vtoNab{S}be in the way of; oppose
        • exocentric: cf. German die Linke>HAND
          • nthe left hand/arm
          • v[adN.]adVinstrumentwith the left hand
          • exocentric: left>ARMY
            • nleft wing of an army; Army of the Left