6. [syn: matter, affair, thing]
7. a statement regarded as an object;
- Example: "to say the same thing in other terms"
- Example: "how can you say such a thing?"
8. an entity that is not named specifically;
- Example: "I couldn't tell what the thing was"
9. any attribute or quality considered as having its own existence;
- Example: "the thing I like about her is ..."
10. a special objective;
- Example: "the thing is to stay in bounds"
11. a persistent illogical feeling of desire or aversion;
- Example: "he has a thing about seafood"
- Example: "she has a thing about him"
12. a separate and self-contained entity;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Thing \Thing\ (th[i^]ng), n. [AS. [thorn]ing a thing, cause,
assembly, judicial assembly; akin to [thorn]ingan to
negotiate, [thorn]ingian to reconcile, conciliate, D. ding a
thing, OS. thing thing, assembly, judicial assembly, G. ding
a thing, formerly also, an assembly, court, Icel. [thorn]ing
a thing, assembly, court, Sw. & Dan. ting; perhaps originally
used of the transaction of or before a popular assembly, or
the time appointed for such an assembly; cf. G. dingen to
bargain, hire, MHG. dingen to hold court, speak before a
court, negotiate, Goth. [thorn]eihs time, perhaps akin to L.
tempus time. Cf. Hustings, and Temporal of time.]
1. Whatever exists, or is conceived to exist, as a separate
entity, whether animate or inanimate; any separable or
distinguishable object of thought.
God made . . . every thing that creepeth upon the
earth after his kind. --Gen. i. 25.
He sent after this manner; ten asses laden with the
good things of Egypt. --Gen. xiv.
A thing of beauty is a joy forever. --Keats.
2. An inanimate object, in distinction from a living being;
any lifeless material.
Ye meads and groves, unconscious things! --Cowper.
3. A transaction or occurrence; an event; a deed.
[And Jacob said] All these things are against me.
Which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by
what authority I do these things. --Matt. xxi.
4. A portion or part; something.
Wicked men who understand any thing of wisdom.
5. A diminutive or slighted object; any object viewed as
merely existing; -- often used in pity or contempt.
See, sons, what things you are! --Shak.
The poor thing sighed, and . . . turned from me.
I'll be this abject thing no more. --Granville.
I have a thing in prose. --Swift.
6. pl. Clothes; furniture; appurtenances; luggage; as, to
pack or store one's things. [Colloq.]
Note: Formerly, the singular was sometimes used in a plural
or collective sense.
And them she gave her moebles and her thing.
Note: Thing was used in a very general sense in Old English,
and is still heard colloquially where some more
definite term would be used in careful composition.
In the garden [he] walketh to and fro,
And hath his things [i. e., prayers, devotions]
said full courteously. --Chaucer.
Hearkening his minstrels their things play.
7. (Law) Whatever may be possessed or owned; a property; --
distinguished from person.
8. [In this sense pronounced t[i^]ng.] In Scandinavian
countries, a legislative or judicial assembly.
Things personal. (Law) Same as Personal property, under
Things real. Same as Real property, under Real.
[1913 Webster] Thing
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Thing \Thing\, Ting \Ting\, n. [Dan. thing, ting, Norw. ting, or
In Scandinavian countries, a legislative or judicial
assembly; -- used, esp. in composition, in titles of such
bodies. See Legislature, Norway.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a special situation; "this thing has got to end"; "it is a
2: an action; "how could you do such a thing?"
3: a special abstraction; "a thing of the spirit"; "things of
4: an artifact; "how does this thing work?"
5: an event; "a funny thing happened on the way to the..."
6: a vaguely specified concern; "several matters to attend to";
"it is none of your affair"; "things are going well" [syn:
matter, affair, thing]
7: a statement regarded as an object; "to say the same thing in
other terms"; "how can you say such a thing?"
8: an entity that is not named specifically; "I couldn't tell
what the thing was"
9: any attribute or quality considered as having its own
existence; "the thing I like about her is ..."
10: a special objective; "the thing is to stay in bounds"
11: a persistent illogical feeling of desire or aversion; "he
has a thing about seafood"; "she has a thing about him"
12: a separate and self-contained entity
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
285 Moby Thesaurus words for "thing":
accomplished fact, accomplishment, achievement, act, acta, action,
activities, activity, adventure, affair, affairs, affection,
affinity, an existence, apparatus, apparel, area, article,
artifact, aspect, attire, attitude, aversion, bag, baggage, being,
belongings, bent, bias, blow, body, business, case, chance,
chattels, chore, chosen kind, circumstance, circumstances, clobber,
clothes, clothing, commerce, concern, concernment, concerns,
constituent, contrivance, count, coup, crap, craze, creature,
critter, cry, cup of tea, datum, dealings, deed, detail,
detestation, device, dingus, dislike, dofunny, dohickey, doing,
doings, dojigger, dojiggy, domajig, domajigger, doodad, dowhacky,
dress, druthers, duds, effects, effort, element, employ,
employment, endeavor, entelechy, enterprise, entity, episode,
eppes, equipment, etwas, event, events, existence, existent,
exploit, facet, fact, factor, fad, fait accompli, fancy, fashion,
favor, fear, feat, feature, feeling, fetish, field, fixation,
flumadiddle, forte, function, furore, gadget, gear, gest,
gigamaree, gimmick, gizmo, go, goods, habiliments, hand, handiwork,
hang-up, happening, happenings, hickey, hootenanny, hootmalalie,
horror, idee fixe, impedimenta, implements, incident, incidental,
inclination, individual, instance, instrument, interest, item,
jigger, job, junk, labor, lares and penates, leaning, life, liking,
line, loathing, long suit, lookout, love, luggage, main interest,
maneuver, mania, manner, material, material thing, matter, matters,
measure, mechanism, metier, minor detail, minutia, minutiae, mode,
monad, movables, move, object, obsession, occasion, occupation,
operation, opportunity, organism, overt act, paraphernalia,
partiality, particular, particular choice, passage, passion,
performance, person, persona, personal choice, personality,
pet subject, phobia, point, possession, possessions, possibility,
predilection, predisposition, preference, prejudice, preoccupation,
prepossession, proceeding, proclivity, production, pursuit,
quelque chose, quirk, rage, raiment, reaction, regard, res gestae,
respect, responsibility, right, rightfulness, rightness, sentiment,
service, shit, something, soul, specialism, speciality,
specialization, specialty, step, stroke, strong point, stuff,
stunt, style, subject, substance, task, taste, technicality,
tendency, terror, the last word, the latest thing,
the latest wrinkle, the proper thing, the rage, the seemly,
the thing, thing done, things, thingum, thingumabob, thingumadad,
thingumadoodle, thingumajig, thingumajigger, thingumaree,
thingummy, togs, tools, tour de force, transaction, traps, trend,
tricks, turn, type, undertaking, unit, utensil, utensils, vocation,
vogue, way, weakness, what is done, what is right, what should be,
whatchy, widget, work, works