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THING, n. [The primary sense of thing is that which comes, falls or happens, like event, from L. evenio.]

1. An event or action; that which happens or falls out, or that which is done, told or proposed. This is the general signification of the word in the Scriptures; as after these things, that is, events.

And the thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight, because of his son. Gen.21.

Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, the thing proceedeth from the Lord. Gen.24.

And Jacob said, all these things are against me. Gen.42.

I will tell you by what authority I do these things. Matt.21.

These things said Esaias when he saw his glory. John 12.

In learning French, choose such books as will teach you things as well as language.

2. Any substance; that which is created; any particular article or commodity.

He sent after this manner; ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt-- Gen.42.

They took the things which Micah had made. Judges 18.

3. An animal; as every living thing; every creeping thing. Gen.1.

[This application of the word is improper, but common in popular and vulgar language.]

4. A portion or part; something.

Wicked men who understand any thing of wisdom--

5. In contempt.

I have a thing in prose.

6. Used of persons in contempt.

See, sons, what things you are,

The poor thing sigh'd.

I'll be this abject thing no more.

7. Used in a sense of honor.

I see thee here,

Thou noble thing!



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THING, n. [The primary sense of thing is that which comes, falls or happens, like event, from L. evenio.]

1. An event or action; that which happens or falls out, or that which is done, told or proposed. This is the general signification of the word in the Scriptures; as after these things, that is, events.

And the thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight, because of his son. Gen.21.

Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, the thing proceedeth from the Lord. Gen.24.

And Jacob said, all these things are against me. Gen.42.

I will tell you by what authority I do these things. Matt.21.

These things said Esaias when he saw his glory. John 12.

In learning French, choose such books as will teach you things as well as language.

2. Any substance; that which is created; any particular article or commodity.

He sent after this manner; ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt-- Gen.42.

They took the things which Micah had made. Judges 18.

3. An animal; as every living thing; every creeping thing. Gen.1.

[This application of the word is improper, but common in popular and vulgar language.]

4. A portion or part; something.

Wicked men who understand any thing of wisdom--

5. In contempt.

I have a thing in prose.

6. Used of persons in contempt.

See, sons, what things you are,

The poor thing sigh'd.

I'll be this abject thing no more.

7. Used in a sense of honor.

I see thee here,

Thou noble thing!

THING, n. [Sax. thing, a thing, a cause; for his thingon, for his cause or sake; also, thing and gething, a meeting, council or convention; thingan, thingian, to hold a meeting, to plead, to supplicate; thingere, an intercessor; thingung, intercession; G. ding, a thing, a court; dingen, to go to law, to hire or haggle; Dingstag, Tuesday, (thing's day;) beding, condition, clause; bedingen, to agree, to bargain or contract, to cheapen; D. ding, thing, business; dingen, to plead, to attempt, to cheapen; dingbank, the bar; dingdagen, session-days; dinger, dingster, a pleader; dingtaal, plea; Dingsdag, Tuesday; beding, condition, agreement; bedingen, to condition; Sw. ting, thing, cause, also a court, assizes; tinga, to hire, bargain or agree; Dan. ting, a thing, affair, business, case, a court of justice; tinger, to strike up a bargain, to haggle; tingbog, records of a court, (thing-book;) tingdag, the court day, the assizes; tinghold, jurisdiction; tingmænd, jurors, jury, (thing-men;) tingsag, a cause or suit at law, (thing-sake.) The primary sense of thing is that which comes, falls or happens, like event, from L. evenio. The primary sense of the root, which is tig or thig, is to press, urge, drive or strain, and hence its application to courts, or suits at law; a seeking of right. We observe that Dingsdag, Dingdag, in some of the dialects signifies Tuesday, and this from the circumstance that that day of the week was, as it still is in some states, the day of opening courts; that is, litigation day, or suitors' day, a day of striving for justice; or perhaps combat-day, the day of trial by battle. This leads to the unfolding of another fact. Among our ancestors, Tig or Tiig, was the name of the deity of combat and war, the Teutonic Mars; that is, strife, combat deified. This word was contracted into tiw or tu, and hence Tiwes-dæg or Tues-dæg, Tuesday, the day consecrated to Tiig, the god of war. But it seems this is merely the day of commencing court and trial; litigation day. This Tiig, the god of war, is strife, and this leads us to the root of thing, which is to drive, urge, strive. So res, in Latin, is connected with reus, accused. For words of like signification, see Sake and Cause.]

  1. An event or action; that which happens or falls out, or that which is done, told, or proposed. This is the general signification of the word in the Scriptures; as, after these things, that is, events. And the thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight, because of his son. Gen. xxi. Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the Lord. Gen. xxiv. And Jacob said, All these things are against me. Gen. xlii. I will tell you by what authority I do these things. Matth. xxi.. These things said Esaias when he saw his glory. John xii. In learning French, choose such books as will teach you things as well as language. Jay to Littlepage.
  2. Any substance; that which is created; any particular article or commodity. He sent after this manner; ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt. Gen. xlii. They took the things which Micah had made. Judges xviii.
  3. An animal; as, every living thing; every creeping thing. Gen. i. [This application of the word is improper, but common in popular and vulgar language.]
  4. A portion or part; something. Wicked men who understand any thing of wisdom. Tillotson.
  5. In contempt. I have a thing in prose. Swift.
  6. Used of persons in contempt. See, sons, what things you are. Shak. The poor thing sigh'd. Addison. I'll be this abject thing no more. Granville.
  7. Used in a sense of honor. I see thee here, / Thou noble thing! Shak.

Thing
  1. Whatever exists, or is conceived to exist, as a separate entity, whether animate or inanimate; any separable or distinguishable object of thought.

    God made . . . every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind. Gen. i. 25.

    He sent after this manner; ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt. Gen. xiv. 23.

    A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Keats.

  2. In Scandinavian countries, a legislative or judicial assembly; -- used, esp. in composition, in titles of such bodies. See Legislature, Norway.
  3. An inanimate object, in distinction from a living being; any lifeless material.

    Ye meads and groves, unconscious things! Cowper.

  4. A transaction or occurrence; an event; a deed.

    [And Jacob said] All these things are against me. Gen. xlii. 36.

    Which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. Matt. xxi. 24.

  5. A portion or part; something.

    Wicked men who understand any thing of wisdom. Tillotson.

  6. A diminutive or slighted object; any object viewed as merely existing; -- often used in pity or contempt.

    See, sons, what things you are! Shak.

    The poor thing sighed, and . . . turned from me. Addison.

    I'll be this abject thing no more. Granville.

    I have a thing in prose. Swift.

  7. Clothes; furniture; appurtenances; luggage; as, to pack or store one's things.

    [Colloq.]

    * Formerly, the singular was sometimes used in a plural or collective sense.

    And them she gave her moebles and her thing. Chaucer.

    * Thing was used in a very general sense in Old English, and is still heard colloquially where some more definite term would be used in careful composition.

    In the garden [he] walketh to and fro,
    And hath his things [i. e., prayers, devotions] said full courteously.
    Chaucer.

    Hearkening his minstrels their things play. Chaucer.

  8. Whatever may be possessed or owned; a property; -- distinguished from person.
  9. In Scandinavian countries, a legislative or judicial assembly.

    Longfellow.

    Things personal. (Law) Same as Personal property, under Personal. -- Things real. Same as Real property, under Real.

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Thing

THING, noun [The primary sense of thing is that which comes, falls or happens, like event, from Latin evenio.]

1. An event or action; that which happens or falls out, or that which is done, told or proposed. This is the general signification of the word in the Scriptures; as after these things, that is, events.

And the thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight, because of his son. Genesis 21:11.

Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, the thing proceedeth from the Lord. Genesis 24:50.

And Jacob said, all these things are against me. Gen 42.

I will tell you by what authority I do these things. Matthew 21:24.

These things said Esaias when he saw his glory. John 12:16.

In learning French, choose such books as will teach you things as well as language.

2. Any substance; that which is created; any particular article or commodity.

He sent after this manner; ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt-- Gen 42.

They took the things which Micah had made. Judges 18:7.

3. An animal; as every living thing; every creeping thing Gen 1.

[This application of the word is improper, but common in popular and vulgar language.]

4. A portion or part; something.

Wicked men who understand any thing of wisdom--

5. In contempt.

I have a thing in prose.

6. Used of persons in contempt.

See, sons, what things you are,

The poor thing sigh'd.

I'll be this abject thing no more.

7. Used in a sense of honor.

I see thee here,

Thou noble thing!

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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