Thought

Thought

, n. [OE. oght, ouht, AS. ht, geht, fr. encean to think; akin to D. gedachte thought, MHG. dht, gedht, Icel. ttr, tti. See Think.] 1. The act of thinking; the exercise of the mind in any of its higher forms; reflection; cogitation.
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Thought can not be superadded to matter, so as in any sense to render it true that matter can become cogitative.
Dr. T. Dwight.
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2. Meditation; serious consideration.
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Pride, of all others the most dangerous fault,
Proceeds from want of sense or want of thought.
Roscommon.
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3. That which is thought; an idea; a mental conception, whether an opinion, judgment, fancy, purpose, or intention.
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Thus Bethel spoke, who always speaks his thought.
Pope.
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Why do you keep alone, . . .
Using those thoughts which should indeed have died
With them they think on?
Shak.
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Thoughts come crowding in so fast upon me, that my only difficulty is to choose or to reject.
Dryden.
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All their thoughts are against me for evil.
Ps. lvi. 5.
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4. Solicitude; anxious care; concern.
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Hawis was put in trouble, and died with thought and anguish before his business came to an end.
Bacon.
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Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink.
Matt. vi. 25.
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5. A small degree or quantity; a trifle; as, a thought longer; a thought better. [Colloq.]
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If the hair were a thought browner.
Shak.
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Thought, in philosophical usage now somewhat current, denotes the capacity for, or the exercise of, the very highest intellectual functions, especially those usually comprehended under judgment.
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This [faculty], to which I gave the name of the "elaborative faculty," -- the faculty of relations or comparison, -- constitutes what is properly denominated thought.
Sir W. Hamilton.
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Syn. -- Idea; conception; imagination; fancy; conceit; notion; supposition; reflection; consideration; meditation; contemplation; cogitation; deliberation.
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