Hypertext Webster Gateway: "thought"

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

Thought \Thought\,
imp. & p. p. of {Think}.

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

Thought \Thought\, n. [OE. [thorn]oght, [thorn]ouht, AS.
[thorn][=o]ht, ge[thorn][=o]ht, fr. [thorn]encean to think;
akin to D. gedachte thought, MHG. d[=a]ht, ged[=a]ht, Icel.
[thorn][=o]ttr, [thorn][=o]tti. See {Think}.]
1. The act of thinking; the exercise of the mind in any of
its higher forms; reflection; cogitation.

Thought can not be superadded to matter, so as in
any sense to render it true that matter can become
cogitative. --Dr. T.

2. Meditation; serious consideration.

Pride, of all others the most dangerous fault,
Proceeds from want of sense or want of thought.

3. That which is thought; an idea; a mental conception,
whether an opinion, judgment, fancy, purpose, or

Thus Bethel spoke, who always speaks his thought.

Why do you keep alone, . . . Using those thoughts
which should indeed have died With them they think
on? --Shak.

Thoughts come crowding in so fast upon me, that my
only difficulty is to choose or to reject. --Dryden.

All their thoughts are against me for evil. --Ps.
lvi. 5.

4. Solicitude; anxious care; concern.

Hawis was put in trouble, and died with thought and
anguish before his business came to an end. --Bacon.

Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or
what ye shall drink. --Matt. vi.

5. A small degree or quantity; a trifle; as, a thought
longer; a thought better. [Colloq.]

If the hair were a thought browner. --Shak.

Note: Thought, in philosophical usage now somewhat current,
denotes the capacity for, or the exercise of, the very
highest intellectual functions, especially those
usually comprehended under judgment.

This [faculty], to which I gave the name of the
``elaborative faculty,'' -- the faculty of
relations or comparison, -- constitutes what is
properly denominated thought. --Sir W.

Syn: Idea; conception; imagination; fancy; conceit; notion;
supposition; reflection; consideration; meditation;
contemplation; cogitation; deliberation.

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

Think \Think\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Thought}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Thinking}.] [OE. thinken, properly, to seem, from AS.
[thorn]yncean (cf. {Methinks}), but confounded with OE.
thenken to think, fr. AS. [thorn]encean (imp.
[thorn][=o]hte); akin to D. denken, dunken, OS. thenkian,
thunkian, G. denken, d["u]nken, Icel. [thorn]ekkja to
perceive, to know, [thorn]ykkja to seem, Goth. [thorn]agkjan,
[thorn]aggkjan, to think, [thorn]ygkjan to think, to seem,
OL. tongere to know. Cf. {Thank}, {Thought}.]
1. To seem or appear; -- used chiefly in the expressions
methinketh or methinks, and methought.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking
about; "it was not a good idea"; "the thought never
entered my mind" [syn: {idea}]
2: the process of thinking (especially thinking carefully);
"thinking always made him frown"; "she paused for thought"
[syn: {thinking}, {cerebration}, {intellection}, {mentation}]
3: the organized beliefs of a period or group or individual;
"19th century thought" or "Darwinian thought"
4: a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof
or certainty; "my opinion differs from yours"; "what are
your thoughts on Haiti?" [syn: {opinion}, {sentiment}, {persuasion},

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