Word definition: thing

Defiintion of thing:

[n] a separate and self-contained entity
[n] an action; "how could you do such a thing?"
[n] an artifact; "how does this thing work?"
[n] an entity that is not named specifically; "I couldn't tell what the thing was"
[n] any attribute or quality considered as having its own existence; "the thing I like about her is ..."
[n] a vaguely specified concern; "several matters to attend to"; "it is none of your affair"; "things are going well"
[n] a special abstraction; "a thing of the spirit"; "things of the heart"
[n] a special objective; "the thing is to stay in bounds"
[n] a statement regarded as an object; "to say the same thing in other terms"; "how can you say such a thing?"
[n] an event; "a funny thing happened on the way to the..."
[n] a persistent illogical feeling of desire or aversion; "he has a thing about seafood"; "she has a thing about him"
[n] a special situation; "this thing has got to end"; "it is a remarkable thing"

Synonyms of thing:

affair, matter

Antonyms of thing:


See Also:

abstract, abstraction, action, aim, anything, artefact, artifact, attribute, change, concern, crackerjack, entity, entity, feast, feeling, flagship, freshener, happening, horror, jimdandy, jimhickey, natural event, nonentity, nothing, object, objective, occurrence, physical thing, physical thing, pill, security blanket, situation, snorter, something, standby, state of affairs, statement, stinker, target, variation, whacker, whopper, wobbler

Webster Dictionary (1913) for 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.

\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. 23. 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. --Gen. xlii. 36. Which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. --Matt. xxi. 24. 4. A portion or part; something. Wicked men who understand any thing of wisdom. --Tillotson. 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. --Addison. 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. --Chaucer. 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. --Chaucer. 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. --Longfellow. {Things personal}. (Law) Same as {Personal property}, under {Personal}. {Things real}. Same as {Real property}, under {Real}.