KANJI: KI kae (return)

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Character Etymology:

This character is a depiciton of ancient Chinese custom. The radical at right is a pictograph of a hand holding a broom and by extension meant housewife. The radical at left is a heavy simplification of a complex character that meant to follow. Thus the character meant wife following].

This came from the custom of the groom spending some time at his new bride's home before returning to his own house with his wife following. Hence, to return.

A Listing of All On-Yomi and Kun-Yomi Readings:

on-yomi: KI
kun-yomi: kae(ru) kae(su) oku(ru) totsu(gu)

English Definitions:

  1. kae(ru): return; take leave; come again; come around (time).
  2. kae(su): send (someone) back.
  3. ki(suru): come to, arrive at, result in, end in, lead to; belong to, ascribe to; put down to; impute; be due to; fall in (one's power); (his blood) be upon (him).
  4. kae(ri): return; return trip.
  5. kae(rigake) ni, kae(rishana) ni, kae(rusa) ni: on returning.
  6. (o)kae(ri)nasai: welcome home, welcome back.

Character Index Numbers:

New Nelson: 1564
Henshall: 96

Unicode Encoded Version:

Unicode Encoded Compound Examples:

帰心 (kishin): longing for one's home, being homesick.
帰化 (kika): naturalization.
帰省 (kisei): homecoming.


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Return is the name of the second full-length album from The Impossibles. This album came out in 2000. It has a noticeable departure from the original formula of ska meets pop rock but you can still find the lyrical hooks and signature big rock guitars that power the bands earlier efforts. Some have compared this album to Weezer's first two albums. It is slightly faster paced than Weezer's albums. This whole album is awesome and I'd highly recommend it to anyone.

Track listing:
1. Enter/Return
2. (Never) Say Goodbye
3. Connecticut
4. Gone 4 Good
5. This is Fucking Tragic
6. Intermission
7. Oh, Angelina
8. Stand Up > Fall Down > Get Crushed
9. 4GN 4EVER
10. Hey, You Kids!
11. Decompression / Debilitation
12. Stopping Sound

Some info gotten from www.theimpossibles.net.

A function is said to return its value. In a useful play on words, a function or procedure also returns control flow to its caller when done executing. This is the basis for...

(C and its ilk, Lisp and Perl, ...:)

The keyword return is used to return control flow from a procedure or function to its caller. For a procedure, the form "return;" (or the corresponding "(return)" for Lisps) is used, as there is no return value. For a function, the form "return value;" (or the corresponding "(return value...)" Lisp) is used.

Structured programming zealots note that return is an unstructured exit: there are potentially multiple returns, but only one entry point. For a procedure, there is always an alternate way to return control: just "fall off the end" of the procedure. Lisp and Perl extend this notion to functions, which are considered to return the last value computed before falling off. In C and its descendants, however, this is not allowed; a function must perform return value;, or the nasal daemons fly.


Everybody's favourite juvenile delinquent programming language used this keyword to return from a subroutine. GOSUB would push the current line number onto the stack and transfer to another line number; RETURN would pop that number off the stack and continue execution at the following line.

This style of programming subroutines is much closer to (old!) Fortran (or even assembler) than to the so-called "structured programming languages": a subroutine may have multiple exits (and multiple entry points). This was enough to throw Djikstra into a conniption fit, but could also be very handy and compact.

Re*turn" (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Returned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Returning.] [OE. returnen, retournen, F. retourner; pref. re- re- + tourner to turn. See Turn.]


To turn back; to go or come again to the same place or condition.

"Return to your father's house."


On their embattled ranks the waves return. Milton.

If they returned out of bondage, it must be into a state of freedom. Locke.

Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. Gen. iii. 19.


To come back, or begin again, after an interval, regular or irregular; to appear again.

With the year Seasons return; but not me returns Day or the sweet approach of even or morn. Milton.


To speak in answer; to reply; to respond.

He said, and thus the queen of heaven returned. Pope.


To revert; to pass back into possession.

And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David. 1Kings xii. 26.


To go back in thought, narration, or argument.

"But to return to my story."



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Re*turn", v. t.


To bring, carry, send, or turn, back; as, to return a borrowed book, or a hired horse.

Both fled attonce, ne ever back returned eye. Spenser.


To repay; as, to return borrowed money.


To give in requital or recompense; to requite.

The Lord shall return thy wickedness upon thine own head. 1 Kings ii. 44.


To give back in reply; as, to return an answer; to return thanks.


To retort; to throw back; as, to return the lie.

If you are a malicious reader, you return upon me, that I affect to be thought more impartial than I am. Dryden.


To report, or bring back and make known.

And all the people answered together, . . . and Moses returned the words of the people unto the Lord. Ex. xix. 8.


To render, as an account, usually an official account, to a superior; to report officially by a list or statement; as, to return a list of stores, of killed or wounded; to return the result of an election.


Hence, to elect according to the official report of the election officers.



To bring or send back to a tribunal, or to an office, with a certificate of what has been done; as, to return a writ.


To convey into official custody, or to a general depository.

Instead of a ship, he should llevy money, and return the same to the treasurer for his majesty's use. Clarendon.

11. Tennis

To bat (the ball) back over the net.

12. Card Playing

To lead in response to the lead of one's partner; as, to return a trump; to return a diamond for a club.

To return a lead Card Playing, to lead the same suit led by one's partner.

Syn. -- To restore; requite; repay; recompense; render; remit; report.


© Webster 1913.

Re*turn" (?), n.


The act of returning (intransitive), or coming back to the same place or condition; as, the return of one long absent; the return of health; the return of the seasons, or of an anniversary.

At the return of the year the king of Syria will come up against thee. 1 Kings xx. 22.

His personal return was most required and necessary. Shak.


The act of returning (transitive), or sending back to the same place or condition; restitution; repayment; requital; retribution; as, the return of anything borrowed, as a book or money; a good return in tennis.

You made my liberty your late request: Is no return due from a grateful breast? Dryden.


That which is returned.

Specifically: (a)

A payment; a remittance; a requital.

I do expect return Of thrice three times the value of this bond. Shak.


An answer; as, a return to one's question

. (c)

An account, or formal report, of an action performed, of a duty discharged, of facts or statistics, and the like; as, election returns; a return of the amount of goods produced or sold; especially, in the plural, a set of tabulated statistics prepared for general information

. (d)

The profit on, or advantage received from, labor, or an investment, undertaking, adventure, etc.

The fruit from many days of recreation is very little; but from these few hours we spend in prayer, the return is great. Jer. Taylor.

4. Arch.

The continuation in a different direction, most often at a right angle, of a building, face of a building, or any member, as a molding or mold; -- applied to the shorter in contradistinction to the longer; thus, a facade of sixty feet east and west has a return of twenty feet north and south.

5. Law (a)

The rendering back or delivery of writ, precept, or execution, to the proper officer or court.


The certificate of an officer stating what he has done in execution of a writ, precept, etc., indorsed on the document.


The sending back of a commission with the certificate of the commissioners.


A day in bank. See Return day, below.


6. Mil. & Naval

An official account, report, or statement, rendered to the commander or other superior officer; as, the return of men fit for duty; the return of the number of the sick; the return of provisions, etc.

7. pl. Fort. & Mining

The turnings and windings of a trench or mine.

Return ball, a ball held by an elastic string so that it returns to the hand from which it is thrown, -- used as a plaything. -- Return bend, a pipe fitting for connecting the contiguous ends of two nearly parallel pipes lying alongside or one above another. -- Return day Law, the day when the defendant is to appear in court, and the sheriff is to return the writ and his proceedings. -- Return flue, in a steam boiler, a flue which conducts flame or gases of combustion in a direction contrary to their previous movement in another flue. -- Return pipe Steam Heating, a pipe by which water of condensation from a heater or radiator is conveyed back toward the boiler.


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