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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Thing n.
 1. 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.   --Gen. i. 25.
    He sent after this manner; ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt.   --Gen. xiv. 23.
    A thing of beauty is a joy forever.   --Keats.
 2. An inanimate object, in distinction from a living being; any lifeless material.
    Ye meads and groves, unconscious things!   --Cowper.
 3. A transaction or occurrence; an event; a deed.
    [And Jacob said] All these things are against me.   --Gen. xlii. 36.
    Which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things.   --Matt. xxi. 24.
 4. A portion or part; something.
    Wicked men who understand any thing of wisdom.   --Tillotson.
 5. A diminutive or slighted object; any object viewed as merely existing; -- often used in pity or contempt.
    See, sons, what things you are!   --Shak.
    The poor thing sighed, and . . . turned from me.   --Addison.
    I'll be this abject thing no more.   --Granville.
    I have a thing in prose.   --Swift.
 6. pl. Clothes; furniture; appurtenances; luggage; as, to pack or store one's things. [Colloq.]
 Note:Formerly, the singular was sometimes used in a plural or collective sense.
    And them she gave her moebles and her thing.   --Chaucer.
 Note:Thing was used in a very general sense in Old English, and is still heard colloquially where some more definite term would be used in careful composition.
 In the garden [he] walketh to and fro,
 And hath his things [i. e., prayers, devotions] said full courteously.   --Chaucer.
    Hearkening his minstrels their things play.   --Chaucer.
 7. Law Whatever may be possessed or owned; a property; -- distinguished from person.
 8. In Scandinavian countries, a legislative or judicial assembly.
 Things personal. Law Same as Personal property, under Personal.
 Things real. Same as Real property, under Real.