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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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