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thing (n.)

古英语 þing “会议, 集会, 理事会, 讨论”, 后来是“实体, 存在, 物质” (集会中商议的主题), 也是“行为, 行为, 事件, 物质对象, 身体, 存在, 生物”, 来自古日耳曼语 *thinga- “集会” (也是古弗里斯兰语 thing “集会, 理事会, 诉讼” 的来源. 事, 物“, 中荷语 dinc” 庭日, 诉讼, 恳求, 关注, 事务, 事情“, 荷兰语 ding” 事情“, 古高德语 ding” 为判决和事务, 诉讼而举行的公共集会“, 德语 Ding” 事务, 事情, 事情“, 古北欧语 þing” 公共集会“).) 日耳曼语的字面意思或许是” 指定的时间“, 来自PIE *tenk- (1), 来自根 *ten-” 延伸“, 或许是” 会议或集会的时间延伸“的概念.

” 会议, 集会“的意义在古英语中没有留存下来. 关于意义的演变, 比较法语 chose, 西班牙语 cosa” 事情“, 来自拉丁语 causa” 司法程序, 诉讼, 案件“; 拉丁语 res” 事务, 事情“, 也是” 法律上的案件, 原因“. 旧义保留在第二要素 hustings, 冰岛语 Althing, 民族的大会.

人的, 往往是可怜的, 从13世纪末开始 17世纪以来口语化使用, 表示说话人一时叫不出名字的事物, 常加各种无意义的后缀(见 thingamajig).

Things” 个人财产“是14世纪的. The thing” what's stylish or fashionable“是从1762年开始记录的. 短语 do your thing” follow your particular predilection“, 虽然与20世纪60年代的嬉皮士语相关, 但从1841年就有证据.

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Definitions of thing from WordNet

thing (n.)
a special situation;
this thing has got to end
it is a remarkable thing
thing (n.)
an action;
how could you do such a thing?
thing (n.)
a special abstraction;
a thing of the spirit
things of the heart
thing (n.)
an artifact;
how does this thing work?
thing (n.)
an event;
a funny thing happened on the way to the...
thing (n.)
a vaguely specified concern;
things are going well
Synonyms: matter / affair
thing (n.)
a statement regarded as an object;
to say the same thing in other terms
how can you say such a thing?
thing (n.)
an entity that is not named specifically;
I couldn't tell what the thing was
thing (n.)
any attribute or quality considered as having its own existence;
the thing I like about her is ...
thing (n.)
a special objective;
the thing is to stay in bounds
thing (n.)
a persistent illogical feeling of desire or aversion;
he has a thing about seafood
she has a thing about him
thing (n.)
a separate and self-contained entity;
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