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thing

 (thĭng)
n.
1.
a. An object or entity that is not or cannot be named specifically: What is this thing for?
b. An individual object, especially an inanimate object: There wasn't a thing in sight.
c. A creature: That baby is the sweetest thing!
d. An entity or item: How many things are there on the test?
e. Something referred to by a word, symbol, sign, or idea; a referent.
2. A possession or item in one's control, as:
a. things Articles of clothing: Put on your things and let's go.
b. things Possessions, including clothing; belongings: Pack your things; it's time to go.
c. often things Law That which can be possessed or owned: things personal; things real.
d. things The equipment needed for an activity or a special purpose.
3.
a. An act, deed, or work: promised to do great things.
b. The result of work or activity: is always building things.
c. A means to an end: just the thing to increase sales.
4.
a. A thought, notion, or utterance: What a rotten thing to say!
b. A piece of information: wouldn't tell me a thing about the project.
5. An end or objective: In blackjack, the thing is to get nearest to 21 without going over.
6.
a. A matter of concern: many things on my mind.
b. A turn of events; a circumstance: The accident was a terrible thing.
c. A particular state of affairs; a situation: Let's deal with this thing promptly.
d. things The general state of affairs; conditions: "Beneath the smooth surface of things, something was wrong" (Tom Wicker).
e. Informal The latest fad or fashion: Drag racing was the thing then.
7. Informal A persistent feeling, interest, desire, or aversion: She has a thing for him and keeps talking about him. I have a thing about seafood and never eat it.
8. Slang An activity uniquely suitable and satisfying to one: Let him do his own thing. Mountain climbing is really my thing.
9. Informal Used to refer to something with disapproval or contempt: Where did you get that thing? I wouldn't drive that thing if you paid me.
Idioms:
first thing Informal
Right away; before anything else: Do your assignments first thing in the morning.
see/hear things
To have hallucinations.

[Middle English, from Old English.]

things

(θɪŋz)
pl n
1. possessions, articles of clothing, etc
2. the current situation; life
3. concerns; matters
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.things - any movable possession (especially articles of clothing)things - any movable possession (especially articles of clothing); "she packed her things and left"
belongings, property, holding - something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone; "that hat is my property"; "he is a man of property";
Translations
أشْياء، ثِياب
věci
tøj
föt, föggur, dót
elbiselergiysiler

thing

(θiŋ) noun
1. an object; something that is not living. What do you use that thing for?
2. a person, especially a person one likes. She's a nice old thing.
3. any fact, quality, idea etc that one can think of or refer to. Music is a wonderful thing; I hope I haven't done the wrong thing; That was a stupid thing to do.
things noun plural
things, especially clothes, that belong to someone. Take all your wet things off.
first thing (in the morningetc)
early in the morning just after getting up, starting work etc. I'll do it first thing (in the morning).
last thing (at nightetc)
late at night, just before stopping work, going to bed etc. She always has a cup of tea last thing at night.
the thing is …
the important fact or question is; the problem is. The thing is, is he going to help us?
References in classic literature ?
The poet being an imitator, like a painter or any other artist, must of necessity imitate one of three objects,--things as they were or are, things as they are said or thought to be, or things as they ought to be.
For my own part, I'm puzzled why the things I have done here have not been done before.
He merely classified the things that hurt and the things that did not hurt.
For a time the two men talked of the raising of the bed and then they talked of other things.
But that ye may understand my gospel of good and evil, for that purpose will I tell you my gospel of life, and of the nature of all living things.
We might say, adhering to the standpoint of physics, that two aspects of different things belong to the same perspective when they are in the same place.
Strictly speaking, only the things which I have mentioned belong to the category of quantity: everything else that is called quantitative is a quantity in a secondary sense.
There are a great many people--and a great many things, too--over here that I should like to perform that operation upon.
THESE things are but toys, to come amongst such serious observations.
For this is he who is able to make not only vessels of every kind, but plants and animals, himself and all other things--the earth and heaven, and the things which are in heaven or under the earth; he makes the gods also.
This being within about a mile from the shore where I was, and the ship seeming to stand upright still, I wished myself on board, that at least I might save some necessary things for my use.
Things which I didn't mind at all, at first, I began to mind now -- and more and more, too, all the time.