a material object without life or consciousness; an inanimate object.
some entity, object, or creature that is not or cannot be specifically designated or precisely described:
The stick had a brass thing on it.
anything that is or may become an object of thought:
things of the spirit.
things, matters; affairs:
Things are going well now.
a fact, circumstance, or state of affairs:
It is a curious thing.
an action, deed, event, or performance:
to do great things; His death was a horrible thing.
a particular, respect, or detail:
perfect in all things.
The thing is to reach this line with the ball.
an article of clothing:
I don’t have a thing to wear.
a task; chore:
I’ve got a lot of things to do today.
a living being or creature:
His baby’s a cute little thing.
a thought or statement:
I have just one thing to say to you.
Informal. a peculiar attitude or feeling, either positive or negative, toward something; mental quirk:
She has a thing about cats.
something signified or represented, as distinguished from a word, symbol, or idea representing it.
Law. anything that may be the subject of a property right.
new thing, Jazz. .
do / find one’s own thing, Informal. to pursue a lifestyle that expresses one’s self.
Also, do/find one’s thing.
make a good thing of, Informal. to turn (a situation, experience, etc.) to one’s own profit; benefit by:
She made a good thing of her spare-time hobbies.
not to get a thing out of,
see / hear things, Informal. to have hallucinations.
spontaneously experimental, free-form jazz, popularized as an avant-garde phenomenon in the 1960s by various soloists and characterized by random expression and disregard for traditional structures, tonalities, and rhythms.
an object, fact, affair, circumstance, or concept considered as being a separate entity
any inanimate object
an object or entity that cannot or need not be precisely named
(informal) a person or animal regarded as the object of pity, contempt, etc: you poor thing
an event or act
a thought or statement
(law) any object or right that may be the subject of property (as distinguished from a person)
a device, means, or instrument
(often pl) a possession, article of clothing, etc
(informal) the normal pattern of behaviour in a particular context: not interested in the marriage thing
(informal) a mental attitude, preoccupation or obsession (esp in the phrase have a thing about)
an activity or mode of behaviour satisfying to one’s personality (esp in the phrase do one’s (own) thing)
the done thing, acceptable or normal behaviour
the thing, the latest fashion
be on to a good thing, to be in a profitable situation or position
make a thing of, to make a fuss about; exaggerate the importance of
(often capital) a law court or public assembly in the Scandinavian countries Also ting
Old English þing “meeting, assembly,” later “entity, being, matter” (subject of deliberation in an assembly), also “act, deed, event, material object, body, being,” from Proto-Germanic *thengan “appointed time” (cf. Old Frisian thing “assembly, council, suit, matter, thing,” Middle Dutch dinc “court-day, suit, plea, concern, affair, thing,” Dutch ding “thing,” Old High German ding “public assembly for judgment and business, lawsuit,” German ding “affair, matter, thing,” Old Norse þing “public assembly”). Some suggest an ultimate connection to PIE root *ten- “stretch,” perhaps on notion of “stretch of time for a meeting or assembly.”
For sense evolution, cf. French chose, Spanish cosa “thing,” from Latin causa “judicial process, lawsuit, case;” Latin res “affair, thing,” also “case at law, cause.” Old sense is preserved in second element of hustings and in Icelandic Althing, the nation’s general assembly.
Used colloquially since c.1600 to indicate things the speaker can’t name at the moment, often with various meaningless suffixes, e.g. thingumbob (1751), thingamajig (1824). Southern U.S. pronunciation thang attested from 1937. The thing “what’s stylish or fashionable” is recorded from 1762. Phrase do your thing “follow your particular predilection,” though associated with hippie-speak of 1960s is attested from 1841.
A track-and-field athlete: Local thinclads prepare for state meet (1940s+)
In addition to the idiom beginning with
- New thinking
noun a new approach or reasoning; a new philosophy Word Origin somewhat based on the foreign policy of Mikhail Gorbachev called New Thinking, involving arms control and non-confrontational resolution
noun 1. a system of doctrine and practice originating in the 19th century and stressing the power of thought to control physical and mental events. noun 1. a movement interested in spiritual healing and the power of constructive thinking
[noot-n, nyoot-n] /ˈnut n, ˈnyut n/ noun, Physics. 1. the standard unit of force in the (SI), equal to the force that produces an acceleration of one meter per second per second on a mass of one kilogram. Abbreviation: N. [noot-n, nyoot-n] /ˈnut n, ˈnyut n/ noun 1. Sir Isaac, 1642–1727, English philosopher and mathematician: […]
[noo-toh-nee-uh n, nyoo-] /nuˈtoʊ ni ən, nyu-/ adjective 1. of or relating to Sir Isaac or to his theories or discoveries: Newtonian physics. /njuːˈtəʊnɪən/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or based on the theories of Sir Isaac Newton