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Definition 1: a separate and self-contained entity - [noun denoting tops]

(thing is a kind of ...) an entity that has physical existence

(... is a kind of thing ) something (a person or object or scene) selected by an artist or photographer for graphic representation

"a moving picture of a train is more dramatic than a still picture of the same subject"

(... is a kind of thing ) the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean)

"they invaded our territorial waters" "they were sitting by the water's edge"

(... is a kind of thing ) anything that is not essential

"they discarded all their inessentials"

(... is a kind of thing ) anything indispensable

"food and shelter are necessities of life" "the essentials of the good life" "allow farmers to buy their requirements under favorable conditions" "a place where the requisites of water fuel and fodder can be obtained"

(... is a kind of thing ) a portion of a natural object

"they analyzed the river into three parts" "he needed a piece of granite"

(... is a kind of thing ) anything (a person or animal or plant or substance) in which an infectious agent normally lives and multiplies

"an infectious agent depends on a reservoir for its survival"

(... is a kind of thing ) a single undivided natural thing occurring in the composition of something else

"units of nucleic acids"

(... is a kind of thing ) something that is likely to vary; something that is subject to variation

"the weather is one variable to be considered"

Definition 2: an action - [noun denoting act]

Samples where thing or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • how could you do such a thing?

(thing is a kind of ...) something done (usually as opposed to something said)

"there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"

Definition 3: an artifact - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where thing or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • how does this thing work?

(thing is a kind of ...) a man-made object taken as a whole

(... is a kind of thing ) the chief one of a related group

"it is their flagship newspaper"

(... is a kind of thing ) something that resembles a tablet of medicine in shape or size

(... is a kind of thing ) something that is extraordinary or remarkable or prominent

"a snorter of a sermon" "the storm wasn't long but it was a snorter"

(... is a kind of thing ) something that can be relied on when needed

(... is a kind of thing ) an artifact that deviates from a norm or standard

"he patented a variation on the sandal"

(... is a kind of thing ) something that wobbles

Definition 4: an entity that is not named specifically - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where thing or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I couldn't tell what the thing was

(thing is a kind of ...) that which is perceived or known or inferred to have its own distinct existence (living or nonliving)

(... is a kind of thing ) a thing that is different

"he inspected several changes before selecting one"

(... is a kind of thing ) anything that freshens

(... is a kind of thing ) something that inspires horror; something horrible

"the painting that others found so beautiful was a horror to him"

(... is a kind of thing ) something excellent of its kind

"the bike was a jimdandy"

(... is a kind of thing ) anything that serves to pacify

(... is a kind of thing ) anything that an adult person uses to reduce anxiety

(... is a kind of thing ) anything that gives off an offensive odor (especially a cheap cigar)

(... is a kind of thing ) something especially big or impressive of its kind

Definition 5: any attribute or quality considered as having its own existence - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where thing or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the thing I like about her is ...

(thing is a kind of ...) an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity

Definition 6: a special abstraction - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where thing or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a thing of the spirit
  • things of the heart

(thing is a kind of ...) a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

"he loved her only in the abstract--not in person"

Definition 7: a special objective - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where thing or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the thing is to stay in bounds

(thing is a kind of ...) the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)

"the sole object of her trip was to see her children"

Definition 8: a vaguely specified concern - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where thing or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • several matters to attend to
  • it is none of your affair
  • things are going well

Synonyms for thing in the sense of this definition

(thing is a kind of ...) something that interests you because it is important or affects you

"the safety of the ship is the captain's concern"

(... is a kind of thing ) something that is of no importance

"it is the least I can do" "that is the least of my concerns"

Definition 9: a statement regarded as an object - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where thing or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • to say the same thing in other terms
  • how can you say such a thing?

(thing is a kind of ...) a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc

"according to his statement he was in London on that day"

Definition 10: an event - [noun denoting event]

Samples where thing or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a funny thing happened on the way to the...

(thing is a kind of ...) an event that happens

(... is a kind of thing ) something experienced with great delight

"a feast for the eyes"

Definition 11: a persistent illogical feeling of desire or aversion - [noun denoting feeling]

Samples where thing or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he has a thing about seafood
  • she has a thing about him

(thing is a kind of ...) the experiencing of affective and emotional states

"she had a feeling of euphoria" "he had terrible feelings of guilt" "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"

Definition 12: a special situation - [noun denoting state]

Samples where thing or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • this thing has got to end
  • it is a remarkable thing

(thing is a kind of ...) the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time

"the present international situation is dangerous" "wondered how such a state of affairs had come about" "eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation"

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