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氵+ 寅 = 演

zisea

拼音:yan3

①根据事理推广发挥:推~。讲~(亦作“演讲”)。~义(以史书及传说的材料为基础,增添一些细节,用章回体写成的小说)。~绎(一种推理方法,由一般原理推出关于特殊情况下的结论)。

②依照程式练习:~练。~示。~算。~武。~习。~兵场。

③不断变化:~变。~化。

④把技艺当众表现出来:表~。~出。~播。~奏。主~。义~。

I can't really see any reason water would be needed in this character from its above meanings.

Chinese Etymology

From water 氵水 and phonetic 寅. Original meaning to flow.

ShuoWen: (說文解字):

長流也一曰水名從水寅聲

If Chinese Etymology is not wrong - and I wouldn't be surprised if it is wrong - then how did it go from meaning water to what it means today?

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(1) 長流 (2) 水名從水寅聲 .... Today's meaning is an elaboration of (1) 長流: the further water flows, the wider it spreads, the more it varies. –  Henry HO Aug 19 at 7:10

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http://dict.shufaji.com/word-2326.html

甲骨文(水,喻流程)(矢,代军事操练),造字本义:古代军事模拟实战的流程式操练。篆文将甲骨文的“矢”写成“寅”,明确了军事操练的含义。隶书将篆文的成。

the 氵also got another meaning of flow (process flow), so it does mean that process flor for traditional battle(war) training.

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First, the source you cited plagiarized 象形字典. Second, 象形字典 itself is a very controversial source. All conclusions in that dictionary come from an amateur without citing any other previous work which is divergent from his own opinion. For oracles, though a little out of date, 甲骨文字典 is a much better reference. –  Stan Aug 19 at 14:56

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