THING, noun [The primary sense of thing is that which comes, falls or happens, like event, from Latin evenio.]
1. An event or action; that which happens or falls out, or that which is done, told or proposed. This is the general signification of the word in the Scriptures; as after these things, that is, events.
And the thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight, because of his son. Genesis 21:11.
Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, the thing proceedeth from the Lord. Genesis 24:50.
And Jacob said, all these things are against me. Gen 42.
I will tell you by what authority I do these things. Matthew 21:24.
These things said Esaias when he saw his glory. John 12:16.
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2. Any substance; that which is created; any particular article or commodity.
He sent after this manner; ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt-- Gen 42.
They took the things which Micah had made. Judges 18:7.
3. An animal; as every living thing; every creeping thing Gen 1.
[This application of the word is improper, but common in popular and vulgar language.]
4. A portion or part; something.
Wicked men who understand any thing of wisdom--
5. In contempt.
I have a thing in prose.
6. Used of persons in contempt.
See, sons, what things you are,
The poor thing sigh'd.
I'll be this abject thing no more.
7. Used in a sense of honor.
I see thee here,
Thou noble thing!