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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 ?
I don't think it's fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things, and other girls nothing at all," added little Amy, with an injured sniff.
For a time the two men talked of the raising of the bed and then they talked of other things.
He bolts down all events, all creeds, and beliefs, and persuasions, all hard things visible and invisible, never mind how knobby; as an ostrich of potent digestion gobbles down bullets and gun flints.
don't vex yourself; you have the greatest honor; a mare that can carry a tall man of our master's weight, with all your spring and sprightly action, does not need to hold her head down because she does not carry the lady; we horses must take things as they come, and always be contented and willing so long as we are kindly used.
Things which I didn't mind at all, at first, I began to mind now -- and more and more, too, all the time.
All our friends in Lucerne had said that to look down upon Meiringen, and the rushing blue-gray river Aar, and the broad level green valley; and across at the mighty Alpine precipices that rise straight up to the clouds out of that valley; and up at the microscopic chalets perched upon the dizzy eaves of those precipices and winking dimly and fitfully through the drifting veil of vapor; and still up and up, at the superb Oltschiback and the other beautiful cascades that leap from those rugged heights, robed in powdery spray, ruffled with foam, and girdled with rainbows--to look upon these things, they say, was to look upon the last possibility of the sublime and the enchanting.
Now, the thing to study out is, how to get the things to Jim.
Nobody ever dared to do anything you didn't like--because you were going to die and things like that.
Such hideous things were for the darkness, not for the day.
Yes, that's it,' said the Hatter with a sigh: `it's always tea-time, and we've no time to wash the things between whiles.
Don Quixote's bread would not bake, as the common saying is, until he had heard and learned the curious things promised by the man who carried the arms.
For my own part, I'm puzzled why the things I have done here have not been done before.