Thought
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. [1913 Webster]

Thought can not be superadded to matter, so as in any sense to render it true that matter can become cogitative. --Dr. T. Dwight. [1913 Webster]

2. Meditation; serious consideration. [1913 Webster]

Pride, of all others the most dangerous fault, Proceeds from want of sense or want of thought. --Roscommon. [1913 Webster]

3. That which is thought; an idea; a mental conception, whether an opinion, judgment, fancy, purpose, or intention. [1913 Webster]

Thus Bethel spoke, who always speaks his thought. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Why do you keep alone, . . . Using those thoughts which should indeed have died With them they think on? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Thoughts come crowding in so fast upon me, that my only difficulty is to choose or to reject. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

All their thoughts are against me for evil. --Ps. lvi. 5. [1913 Webster]

4. Solicitude; anxious care; concern. [1913 Webster]

Hawis was put in trouble, and died with thought and anguish before his business came to an end. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink. --Matt. vi. 25. [1913 Webster]

5. A small degree or quantity; a trifle; as, a thought longer; a thought better. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

If the hair were a thought browner. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Idea; conception; imagination; fancy; conceit; notion; supposition; reflection; consideration; meditation; contemplation; cogitation; deliberation. [1913 Webster]


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