Hypertext Webster Gateway: "thing"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.

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.

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.

Which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by
what authority I do these things. --Matt. xxi.

4. A portion or part; something.

Wicked men who understand any thing of wisdom.

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.

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.

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.

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.

{Things personal}. (Law) Same as {Personal property}, under

{Things real}. Same as {Real property}, under {Real}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a special situation; "this thing has got to end"; "it is a
remarkable thing"
2: an action; "how could you do such a thing?"
3: an artifact; "how does this thing work?"
4: an event: "a funny thing happened on the way to the..."
5: a statement regarded as an object; "to say the same thing in
other terms"; "how can you say such a thing?"
6: any attribute or quality considered as having its own
existence: "the thing I like about her is ..."
7: a special abstraction; "a thing of the spirit"; "things of
the heart"
8: a vaguely specified concern; "several matters to attend to";
"it is none of your affair"; "things are going well"
[syn: {matter}, {affair}]
9: an entity that is not named specifically; "I couldn't tell
what the thing was"
10: a special objective: "the thing is to stay in bounds"
11: a persistent illogical feeling of desire or aversion: "he
has a thing about seafood"; "she has a thing about him"
12: a separate and self-contained entity

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