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Something vs. Thing

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Somethingpronoun

An uncertain or unspecified thing; one thing.

‘I must have forgotten to pack something, but I can't think what.’; ‘I have something for you in my bag.’; ‘I have a feeling something good is going to happen today.’;

Thingnoun

That which is considered to exist as a separate entity, object, quality or concept.

Somethingpronoun

A quality to a moderate degree.

‘The performance was something of a disappointment.’; ‘That child is something of a genius.’;

Thingnoun

A word, symbol, sign, or other referent that can be used to refer to any entity.

Somethingpronoun

A talent or quality that is difficult to specify.

‘She has a certain something.’;

Thingnoun

An individual object or distinct entity.

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Somethingpronoun

Somebody or something who is superlative in some way.

‘He's really something! I've never heard such a great voice.’; ‘She's quite something. I can't believe she would do such a mean thing.’;

Thingnoun

(informal) A genuine concept, entity or phenomenon; something that actually exists (contrary to expectation or belief).

‘Bacon pie? Is that a thing?’;

Somethingadjective

Having a characteristic that the speaker cannot specify.

Thingnoun

(legal)

Somethingadverb

(degree) Somewhat; to a degree.

‘The baby looks something like his father.’;

Thingnoun

Whatever can be owned.

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Somethingadverb

To a high degree.

Thingnoun

Corporeal object.

Somethingverb

Applied to an action whose name is forgotten by, unknown or unimportant to the user, e.g. from words of a song.

Thingnoun

The latest fad or fashion.

‘What do you mean you don't twerk, Stacy? It's the latest thing!’;

Somethingnoun

An object whose nature is yet to be defined.

Thingnoun

(in the plural) Clothes, possessions or equipment.

‘Hold on, let me just grab my things.’;

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Somethingnoun

An object whose name is forgotten by, unknown or unimportant to the user, e.g., from words of a song. Also used to refer to an object earlier indefinitely referred to as 'something' (pronoun sense).

Thingnoun

(informal) A unit or container, usually containing edible goods.

‘get me a thing of apple juice at the store;’; ‘I just ate a whole thing of jelly beans’;

Somethingnoun

Anything unknown, undetermined, or not specifically designated; a certain indefinite thing; an indeterminate or unknown event; an unspecified task, work, or thing.

‘There is something in the wind.’; ‘The whole world has something to do, something to talk of, something to wish for, and something to be employed about.’; ‘Something attemped, something done,Has earned a night's repose.’;

Thingnoun

(informal) A problem, dilemma, or complicating factor.

‘The car looks cheap, but the thing is, I have doubts about its safety.’;

Somethingnoun

A part; a portion, more or less; an indefinite quantity or degree; a little.

‘Something yet of doubt remains.’; ‘Something of it arises from our infant state.’;

Thingnoun

(slang) A penis.

Somethingnoun

A person or thing importance.

‘If a man thinketh himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.’;

Thingnoun

A living being or creature.

‘you poor thing;’; ‘she's a funny old thing, but her heart's in the right place;’; ‘I met a pretty blond thing at the bar’;

Somethingadverb

In some degree; somewhat; to some extent; at some distance.

‘I something fear my father's wrath.’; ‘We have something fairer play than a reasoner could have expected formerly.’; ‘My sense of touch is something coarse.’; ‘It must be done to-night,And something from the palace.’;

Thingnoun

That which matters; the crux.

‘that's the thing: we don't know where he went;’; ‘the thing is, I don't have any money’;

Somethingnoun

a thing of some kind;

‘is there something you want?’;

Thingnoun

Used after a noun to refer dismissively to the situation surrounding the noun's referent.

‘Oh yeah, I'm supposed to promote that vision thing.’;

Thingnoun

(informal) That which is favoured; personal preference. (Used in possessive constructions.)

Thingnoun

A public assembly or judicial council in a Germanic country.

Thingnoun

(informal) A romantic relationship.

Thingverb

(rare) To express as a thing; to reify.

Thingnoun

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.’; ‘He sent after this manner; ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt.’; ‘A thing of beauty is a joy forever.’;

Thingnoun

An inanimate object, in distinction from a living being; any lifeless material.

‘Ye meads and groves, unconscious things!’;

Thingnoun

A transaction or occurrence; an event; a deed.

‘[And Jacob said] All these things are against me.’; ‘Which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things.’;

Thingnoun

A portion or part; something.

‘Wicked men who understand any thing of wisdom.’;

Thingnoun

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

‘See, sons, what things you are!’; ‘The poor thing sighed, and . . . turned from me.’; ‘I'll be this abject thing no more.’; ‘I have a thing in prose.’;

Thingnoun

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

‘And them she gave her moebles and her thing.’; ‘In the garden [he] walketh to and fro,And hath his things [i. e., prayers, devotions] said full courteously.’; ‘Hearkening his minstrels their things play.’;

Thingnoun

Whatever may be possessed or owned; a property; - distinguished from person.

Thingnoun

In Scandinavian countries, a legislative or judicial assembly.

Thingnoun

In Scandinavian countries, a legislative or judicial assembly; - used, esp. in composition, in titles of such bodies. See Legislature, Norway.

Thingnoun

a special situation;

‘this thing has got to end’; ‘it is a remarkable thing’;

Thingnoun

an action;

‘how could you do such a thing?’;

Thingnoun

an artifact;

‘how does this thing work?’;

Thingnoun

an event;

‘a funny thing happened on the way to the...’;

Thingnoun

a statement regarded as an object;

‘to say the same thing in other terms’; ‘how can you say such a thing?’;

Thingnoun

any attribute or quality considered as having its own existence;

‘the thing I like about her is ...’;

Thingnoun

a special abstraction;

‘a thing of the spirit’; ‘things of the heart’;

Thingnoun

a vaguely specified concern;

‘several matters to attend to’; ‘it is none of your affair’; ‘things are going well’;

Thingnoun

an entity that is not named specifically;

‘I couldn't tell what the thing was’;

Thingnoun

a special objective;

‘the thing is to stay in bounds’;

Thingnoun

a persistent illogical feeling of desire or aversion;

‘he has a thing about seafood’; ‘she has a thing about him’;

Thingnoun

a separate and self-contained entity

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