noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English, thing, assembly; akin to Old High German ding thing, assembly, Gothic theihs time Date: before 12th century 1. a. a matter of concern ; affair <
many things to do
b. plural state of affairs in general or within a specified or implied sphere <
things are improving
c. a particular state of affairs ; situation <
look at this thing another way
d. event, circumstance <
that shooting was a terrible thing
2. a. deed, act, accomplishment <
do great things
b. a product of work or activity <
likes to build things
c. the aim of effort or activity <
the thing is to get well
3. a. a separate and distinct individual quality, fact, idea, or usually entity b. the concrete entity as distinguished from its appearances c. a spatial entity d. an inanimate object distinguished from a living being 4. a. plural possessions, effects <
pack your things
b. whatever may be possessed or owned or be the object of a right c. an article of clothing <
not a thing to wear
d. plural equipment or utensils especially for a particular purpose <
bring the tea things
5. an object or entity not precisely designated or capable of being designated <
use this thing
6. a. detail, point <
checks every little thing
b. a material or substance of a specified kind <
avoid fatty things
7. a. a spoken or written observation or point b. idea, notion <
says the first thing he thinks of
c. a piece of news or information <
couldn't get a thing out of him
8. individual <
not a living thing in sight
9. the proper or fashionable way of behaving, talking, or dressing — used with the 10. a. a mild obsession or phobia <
has a thing about driving
; also the object of such an obsession or phobia b. something (as an activity) that makes a strong appeal to the individual ; forte, specialty <
letting students do their own thingNewsweek
I think travelling is very much a novelist's thing — Philip Larkin

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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