Definitions for: Thought


[n] the process of thinking (especially thinking carefully); "thinking always made him frown"; "she paused for thought"
[n] the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; "it was not a good idea"; "the thought never entered my mind"
[n] a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty; "my opinion differs from yours"; "what are your thoughts on Haiti?"
[n] the organized beliefs of a period or group or individual; "19th century thought"; "Darwinian thought"



Webster (1913) Definition: Thought,
imp. & p. p. of Think.


Thought, n. [OE. [thorn]oght, [thorn]ouht, AS.
[thorn][=o]ht, ge[thorn][=o]ht, fr. [thorn]encean to think;
akin to D. gedachte thought, MHG. d[=a]ht, ged[=a]ht, Icel.
[thorn][=o]ttr, [thorn][=o]tti. See Think.]
1. The act of thinking; the exercise of the mind in any of
its higher forms; reflection; cogitation.

Thought can not be superadded to matter, so as in
any sense to render it true that matter can become
cogitative. --Dr. T.
Dwight.

2. Meditation; serious consideration.

Pride, of all others the most dangerous fault,
Proceeds from want of sense or want of thought.
--Roscommon.

3. That which is thought; an idea; a mental conception,
whether an opinion, judgment, fancy, purpose, or
intention.

Thus Bethel spoke, who always speaks his thought.
--Pope.

Why do you keep alone, . . . Using those thoughts
which should indeed have died With them they think
on? --Shak.

Thoughts come crowding in so fast upon me, that my
only difficulty is to choose or to reject. --Dryden.

All their thoughts are against me for evil. --Ps.
lvi. 5.

4. Solicitude; anxious care; concern.

Hawis was put in trouble, and died with thought and
anguish before his business came to an end. --Bacon.

Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or
what ye shall drink. --Matt. vi.
25.

5. A small degree or quantity; a trifle; as, a thought
longer; a thought better. [Colloq.]

If the hair were a thought browner. --Shak.

Note: 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.

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.

Syn: Idea; conception; imagination; fancy; conceit; notion;
supposition; reflection; consideration; meditation;
contemplation; cogitation; deliberation.

Synonyms: cerebration, idea, intellection, mentation, persuasion, sentiment, thinking, view

See Also: abstract thought, belief, burden, cogitation, cognitive content, concept, conception, consideration, construct, construction, content, excogitation, explanation, eyes, feeling, figment, free association, generalisation, generality, generalization, higher cognitive process, ideal, idealisation, idealization, ideation, impression, inspiration, judgement, judgment, keynote, line of thought, logical thinking, mainstream, meaning, mental object, mental synthesis, mind, misconception, motif, mysticism, notion, opinion, parti pris, plan, planning, pole, political sympathies, politics, preconceived idea, preconceived notion, preconceived opinion, preconception, preoccupation, preparation, prepossession, problem solving, program, programme, provision, reaction, reasoning, substance, suggestion, theme, theorem, thread, train of thought, whim, whimsey, whimsy

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