Meaning of THING in English

thing 1

/thing/ , n.

1. a material object without life or consciousness; an inanimate object.

2. some entity, object, or creature that is not or cannot be specifically designated or precisely described: The stick had a brass thing on it.

3. anything that is or may become an object of thought: things of the spirit.

4. things , matters; affairs: Things are going well now.

5. a fact, circumstance, or state of affairs: It is a curious thing.

6. an action, deed, event, or performance: to do great things; His death was a horrible thing.

7. a particular, respect, or detail: perfect in all things.

8. aim; objective: The thing is to reach this line with the ball.

9. an article of clothing: I don't have a thing to wear.

10. things ,

a. implements, utensils, or other articles for service: I'll wash the breakfast things.

b. personal possessions or belongings: Pack your things and go!

11. a task; chore: I've got a lot of things to do today.

12. a living being or creature: His baby's a cute little thing.

13. a thought or statement: I have just one thing to say to you.

14. Informal. a peculiar attitude or feeling, either positive or negative, toward something; mental quirk: She has a thing about cats.

15. something signified or represented, as distinguished from a word, symbol, or idea representing it.

16. Law. anything that may be the subject of a property right.

17. do or find one's own thing , Informal. to pursue a lifestyle that expresses one's self. Also, do or find one's thing .

18. 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.

19. new thing , Jazz. See free jazz .

20. not to get a thing out of ,

a. to be unable to obtain information or news from: The police couldn't get a thing out of him.

b. to fail to appreciate, understand, or derive aesthetic pleasure from: My wife likes opera, but I don't get a thing out of it.

21. see or hear things , Informal. to have hallucinations.

22. the thing ,

a. something that is correct or fashionable: That café is the thing now.

b. that which is expedient or necessary: The thing to do is to tell them the truth.

[ bef. 900; ME; OE: orig., meeting; see THING 2 ]

thing 2

/thing, ting/ , n.

(in Scandinavian countries) a public meeting or assembly, esp. a legislative assembly or a court of law.

Also, ting . Cf. thingstead .

[ 1830-40; 1 , D ding, G Ding thing, orig., meeting; akin to Goth theihs time ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .