- The definition of a thing is an object, an act, or a step.
- An example of a thing is a bottle opener.
- An example of a thing is an exciting event in a person's life, a great thing.
- An example of a thing is the next action to be taken, the next thing.
thing definition by Webster's New World
- any matter, circumstance, affair, or concern: often used in pl.: how are things?
- that which is done, has been done, or is to be done; happening, act, deed, incident, event, etc.: to accomplish great things
- that which constitutes an end to be achieved, a step in a process, etc.: the next thing is to mix thoroughly
- anything conceived of or referred to as existing as an individual, distinguishable entity; specif.,
- any single entity distinguished from all others: each thing in the universe
- a tangible object, as distinguished from a concept, quality, etc.: paintings and other beautiful things
- an inanimate object
- an item, detail, etc.: go over each thing in the list
- the object or concept referred to or represented by a word, symbol, or sign; referent
- an object of thought; idea: think the right things
- personal belongings; also, clothes or clothing
- a dress, garment, etc.: not a thing to wear
- articles, devices, etc. used for some purpose
- a person: used in expressions of affection, pity, contempt, etc.: poor thing
- a being, object, or concept the exact term for which is not known or recalled or is avoided, as from disdain: where did you buy that thing?
- Informal a point of contention; issue: don't make a thing of it
- ☆ Informal a complex, often neurotic liking, fear, aversion, etc. with regard to some person, thing, or activity: to have a thing about flying
- ☆ Informal what one wants to do or is adept at: do one's own thing
- Law that which may be owned; a property
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English council, court, controversy, akin to German ding, Old Norse thing (orig. sense, “public assembly,” hence, “subject of discussion, matter, thing”) ; from Indo-European an unverified form tenk-, to stretch, period of time ; from base an unverified form ten-, to stretch from source thin
Origin: Old Norse assembly: see thing
thing definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An entity, an idea, or a quality perceived, known, or thought to have its own existence.
- a. The real or concrete substance of an entity.b. An entity existing in space and time.c. An inanimate object.
- Something referred to by a word, a symbol, a sign, or an idea; a referent.
- A creature: the poor little thing.
- An individual object: There wasn't a thing in sight.
- a. Law That which can be possessed or owned. Often used in the plural: things personal; things real.b. things Possessions; belongings: packed her things and left.c. An article of clothing: Put on your things and let's go.
- things The equipment needed for an activity or a special purpose: Where are my cleaning things?
- An object or entity that is not or cannot be named specifically: What is this thing for?
- a. An act, deed, or work: promised to do great things.b. The result of work or activity: is always building things.
- A thought, a notion, or an utterance: What a rotten thing to say!
- A piece of information: wouldn't tell me a thing about the project.
- A means to an end: just the thing to increase sales.
- An end or objective: In blackjack, the thing is to get nearest to 21 without going over.
- A matter of concern: many things on my mind.
- A turn of events; a circumstance: The accident was a terrible thing.
- a. things The general state of affairs; conditions: “Beneath the smooth surface of things, something was wrong” (Tom Wicker).b. A particular state of affairs; a situation: Let's deal with this thing promptly.
- Informal A persistent illogical feeling, as a desire or an aversion; an obsession: has a thing about seafood.
- Informal The latest fad or fashion; the rage: Drag racing was the thing then.
- Slang An activity uniquely suitable and satisfying to one: Let him do his own thing. See Synonyms at forte1.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English.
thing - Phrases/Idioms
- that which is wise, essential, etc.
- that which is the height of fashion or style