/thing/, n.1. a material object without life or consciousness; an inanimate object.2. some entity, object, or creature that is not or cannot be specifically designated or precisely described: The stick had a brass thing on it.3. anything that is or may become an object of thought: things of the spirit.4. things, matters; affairs: Things are going well now.5. a fact, circumstance, or state of affairs: It is a curious thing.6. an action, deed, event, or performance: to do great things; His death was a horrible thing.7. a particular, respect, or detail: perfect in all things.8. aim; objective: The thing is to reach this line with the ball.9. an article of clothing: I don't have a thing to wear.10. things,a. implements, utensils, or other articles for service: I'll wash the breakfast things.b. personal possessions or belongings: Pack your things and go!11. a task; chore: I've got a lot of things to do today.12. a living being or creature: His baby's a cute little thing.13. a thought or statement: I have just one thing to say to you.14. Informal. a peculiar attitude or feeling, either positive or negative, toward something; mental quirk: She has a thing about cats.15. something signified or represented, as distinguished from a word, symbol, or idea representing it.16. Law. anything that may be the subject of a property right.17. do or find one's own thing, Informal. to pursue a lifestyle that expresses one's self. Also, do or find one's thing.18. make a good thing of, Informal. to turn (a situation, experience, etc.) to one's own profit; benefit by: She made a good thing of her spare-time hobbies.19. new thing, Jazz. See free jazz.20. not to get a thing out of,a. to be unable to obtain information or news from: The police couldn't get a thing out of him.b. to fail to appreciate, understand, or derive aesthetic pleasure from: My wife likes opera, but I don't get a thing out of it.21. see or hear things, Informal. to have hallucinations.22. the thing,a. something that is correct or fashionable: That café is the thing now.b. that which is expedient or necessary: The thing to do is to tell them the truth.[bef. 900; ME; OE: orig., meeting; see THING2]thing2/thing, ting/, n.(in Scandinavian countries) a public meeting or assembly, esp. a legislative assembly or a court of law.[1830-40; < ON: assembly; c. THING1, D ding, G Ding thing, orig., meeting; akin to Goth theihs time]
* * *▪ Scandinavian political assemblyin medieval Scandinavia, the local, provincial, and, in Iceland, national assemblies of freemen that formed the fundamental unit of government and law. Meeting at fixed intervals, the things, in which democratic practices were influenced by male heads of households, legislated at all levels, elected royal nominees, and settled all legal questions. They were presided over by the local chieftain or by a law speaker (one unusually learned in the unrecorded law) and were dominated by the most influential members of the community. In Iceland the things ultimately led to the founding of the Althing, the Icelandic parliament. In the 13th and 14th centuries the things in other countries gradually lost their prerogatives to bureaucratized courts and noble-clerical councils.
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