thing


thing
thing
thing1 [thiŋ]
n.
[ME < OE, council, court, controversy, akin to Ger ding, ON thing (orig. sense, “public assembly,” hence, “subject of discussion, matter, thing”) < IE * tenk-, to stretch, period of time < base * ten-, to stretch > THIN]
1. any matter, circumstance, affair, or concern often used in pl. [how are things?]
2. that which is done, has been done, or is to be done; happening, act, deed, incident, event, etc. [to accomplish great things]
3. that which constitutes an end to be achieved, a step in a process, etc. [the next thing is to mix thoroughly]
4. anything conceived of or referred to as existing as an individual, distinguishable entity; specif.,
a) any single entity distinguished from all others [each thing in the universe]
b) a tangible object, as distinguished from a concept, quality, etc. [paintings and other beautiful things]
c) an inanimate object
d) an item, detail, etc. [go over each thing in the list]
e) the object or concept referred to or represented by a word, symbol, or sign; referent
f) an object of thought; idea [think the right things]
5.
a) [pl.] personal belongings; also, clothes or clothing
b) a dress, garment, etc. [not a thing to wear]
6. [pl.] articles, devices, etc. used for some purpose
7. a person: used in expressions of affection, pity, contempt, etc. [poor thing]
8. a being, object, or concept the exact term for which is not known or recalled or is avoided, as from disdain [where did you buy that thing?]
9. Informal a point of contention; issue [don't make a thing of it ]
10. Informal a complex, often neurotic liking, fear, aversion, etc. with regard to some person, thing, or activity [to have a thing about flying ]
11. Informal what one wants to do or is adept at [do one's own thing]
12. Law that which may be owned; a property: distinguished from PERSON
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see things
Informal to have hallucinations
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the thing
1. that which is wise, essential, etc.
2. that which is the height of fashion or style
thing2 [tiŋ; ] E [ thiŋ]
n.
[ON, assembly: see THING1]
a Scandinavian legislative body

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