Thing Definition

Define what is Thing?

1. thing (noun)

a special situation.

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

situation, state of affairs noun
the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time.

2. thing (noun)

an action.

  • how could you do such a thing?.

action noun
something done (usually as opposed to something said).

3. thing (noun)

a special abstraction.

  • a thing of the spirit.
  • things of the heart.

abstract, abstraction noun
a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance.

4. thing (noun)

an artifact.

  • how does this thing work?.

artefact, artifact noun
a man-made object taken as a whole.


flagship noun
the chief one of a related group.

pill noun
something that resembles a tablet of medicine in shape or size.

snorter noun
something that is extraordinary or remarkable or prominent.

standby noun
something that can be relied on when needed.

variation noun
an artifact that deviates from a norm or standard.

wobbler noun
something that wobbles.

5. thing (noun)

an event.

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

happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent noun
an event that happens.


feast noun
something experienced with great delight.

6. affair, matter, thing (noun)

a vaguely specified concern.

  • several matters to attend to.
  • it is none of your affair.
  • things are going well.
Synonyms: affair, matter

concern noun
something that interests you because it is important or affects you.


least noun
something that is of no importance.

7. thing (noun)

a statement regarded as an object.

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

statement noun
a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc.

8. thing (noun)

an entity that is not named specifically.

  • I couldn't tell what the thing was.

entity noun
that which is perceived or known or inferred to have its own distinct existence (living or nonliving).


change noun
a thing that is different.

freshener noun
anything that freshens.

horror noun
something that inspires dislike; something horrible.

crackerjack, jimdandy, jimhickey noun
something excellent of its kind.

pacifier noun
anything that serves to pacify.

security blanket noun
anything that an adult person uses to reduce anxiety.

stinker noun
anything that gives off an offensive odor (especially a cheap cigar).

whacker, whopper noun
something especially big or impressive of its kind.

9. thing (noun)

any attribute or quality considered as having its own existence.

  • the thing I like about her is ....

attribute noun
an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity.

10. thing (noun)

a special objective.

  • the thing is to stay in bounds.

objective, aim, object, target noun
the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable).

11. thing (noun)

a persistent illogical feeling of desire or aversion.

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

feeling noun
the experiencing of affective and emotional states.

12. thing (noun)

a separate and self-contained entity.


    physical entity noun
    an entity that has physical existence.


    depicted object, subject, content noun
    something (a person or object or scene) selected by an artist or photographer for graphic representation.

    body of water, water noun
    the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean).

    inessential, nonessential noun
    anything that is not essential.

    essential, necessary, requisite, necessity, requirement noun
    anything indispensable.

    part, piece noun
    a portion of a natural object.

    reservoir, source noun
    anything (a person or animal or plant or substance) in which an infectious agent normally lives and multiplies.

    building block, unit noun
    a single undivided natural thing occurring in the composition of something else.

    variable noun
    something that is likely to vary; something that is subject to variation.

    Nearby Terms

    thing-in-itself (noun)
    the intellectual conception of a thing as it is in itself, not as it is known through perception

    thingamabob (noun)
    something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known

    thingamajig (noun)
    something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known

    thingmabob (noun)
    something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known

    thingmajig (noun)
    something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known

    things (noun)
    any movable possession (especially articles of clothing)

    thingumabob (noun)
    something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known

    thingumajig (noun)
    something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known

    thingummy (noun)
    something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known

    think (noun)
    an instance of deliberate thinking

    think about (verb)
    have on one's mind, think about actively

    think back (verb)
    recapture the past; indulge in memories

    think factory (noun)
    a company that does research for hire and issues reports on the implications

    think of (verb)
    keep in mind for attention or consideration

    think out (verb)
    consider carefully and rationally