Definition of Thing

1. Noun. A special situation. "It is a remarkable thing"

Generic synonyms: Situation, State Of Affairs

2. Noun. An action. "How could you do such a thing?"
Generic synonyms: Action

3. Noun. A special abstraction. "Things of the heart"
Generic synonyms: Abstract, Abstraction

4. Noun. An artifact. "How does this thing work?"
Generic synonyms: Artefact, Artifact
Specialized synonyms: Flagship, Pill, Snorter, Standby, Variation, Wobbler

5. Noun. An event. "A funny thing happened on the way to the..."
Generic synonyms: Happening, Natural Event, Occurrence, Occurrent
Specialized synonyms: Feast

6. Noun. A vaguely specified concern. "Things are going well"
Exact synonyms: Affair, Matter
Generic synonyms: Concern
Specialized synonyms: Least

7. Noun. A statement regarded as an object. "How can you say such a thing?"
Generic synonyms: Statement

8. Noun. An entity that is not named specifically. "I couldn't tell what the thing was"

9. Noun. Any attribute or quality considered as having its own existence. "The thing I like about her is ..."
Generic synonyms: Attribute

10. Noun. A special objective. "The thing is to stay in bounds"
Generic synonyms: Aim, Object, Objective, Target

11. Noun. A persistent illogical feeling of desire or aversion. "She has a thing about him"
Generic synonyms: Feeling

12. Noun. A separate and self-contained entity.

Definition of Thing

1. n. Whatever exists, or is conceived to exist, as a separate entity, whether animate or inanimate; any separable or distinguishable object of thought.

2. n. In Scandinavian countries, a legislative or judicial assembly; -- used, esp. in composition, in titles of such bodies. See Legislature, Norway.

Definition of Thing

1. Noun. (chiefly historical) A public assembly or judicial council in a Germanic country. ¹

2. Noun. That which is considered to exist as a separate entity, object, quality or concept. ¹

3. Noun. A word, symbol, sign, or other referent that can be used to refer to any entity. ¹

4. Noun. An individual object or distinct entity. ¹

5. Noun. (legal) whatever can be owned. ¹

6. Noun. The latest fad or fashion. ¹

7. Noun. (in the plural) clothes, possessions or equipment. ¹

8. Noun. (informal) A unit or container, usually containing edible goods. ¹

9. Noun. (informal) A problem, dilemma, or complicating factor. ¹

10. Noun. (slang) A penis. ¹

11. Noun. A living being or creature. ¹

12. Noun. That which matters; the crux. ¹

13. Noun. (non-gloss definition Used after a noun to refer dismissively to the situation surrounding the noun's referent.) ¹

14. Noun. (chiefly historical) A public assembly or judicial council in a Germanic country. ¹

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Definition of Thing

1. an inanimate object [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Thing

thin film
thin layer chromatography
thin on the ground
thin out
thin person
thin section
thin space
thin spaces
thin trading

Literary usage of Thing

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Hamlet by William Shakespeare (2001)
"A thing,' my lord ? Ham. Of nothing ; bring me to him. ... When the courtiers remark that Ham. has contemptuously called the King a thing, Ham. defends ..."

2. The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York by Daniel Defoe (1790)
"... neither clothes, or provi- fions, or any thing in the world, but what they had on them, and a few roots to eat, of which they ufed to make their bread. ..."

3. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan (1846)
"Chr. That may be through its deceitfulness ; for a man's heart may minister comfort to him in the hopes of that thing for which he has yet no ground to hope ..."

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