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Definition of THING

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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. [1913 Webster]

              God made . . . every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind.                 --Gen. i. 25. [1913 Webster]

              He sent after this manner; ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt.                 --Gen. xiv.
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              A thing of beauty is a joy forever.   --Keats. [1913 Webster]

     2. An inanimate object, in distinction from a living being; any lifeless material. [1913 Webster]

              Ye meads and groves, unconscious things! --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

     3. A transaction or occurrence; an event; a deed. [1913 Webster]

              [And Jacob said] All these things are against me.
                                                    --Gen. xlii.
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              Which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things.     --Matt. xxi.
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     4. A portion or part; something.
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              Wicked men who understand any thing of wisdom.
                                                    --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

     5. A diminutive or slighted object; any object viewed as merely existing; -- often used in pity or contempt. [1913 Webster]

              See, sons, what things you are!       --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              The poor thing sighed, and . . . turned from me.
                                                    --Addison. [1913 Webster]

              I'll be this abject thing no more.    --Granville. [1913 Webster]

              I have a thing in prose.              --Swift. [1913 Webster]

     6. pl. Clothes; furniture; appurtenances; luggage; as, to pack or store one's things. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

     Note: Formerly, the singular was sometimes used in a plural or collective sense. [1913 Webster]

                 And them she gave her moebles and her thing.
                                                    --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

                 In the garden [he] walketh to and fro, And hath his things [i. e., prayers, devotions] said full courteously.             --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

                 Hearkening his minstrels their things play.
                                                    --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

     7. (Law) Whatever may be possessed or owned; a property; -- distinguished from person. [1913 Webster]

     8. [In this sense pronounced t[i^]ng.] In Scandinavian countries, a legislative or judicial assembly.
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     {Things personal}. (Law) Same as {Personal property}, under {Personal}.

     {Things real}. Same as {Real property}, under {Real}. [1913 Webster] Thing

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Thing \Thing\, Ting \Ting\, n. [Dan. thing, ting, Norw. ting, or Sw. ting.] In Scandinavian countries, a legislative or judicial assembly; -- used, esp. in composition, in titles of such bodies. See {Legislature}, Norway. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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