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See thermosphere. * * *
See thermostable. * * *
—thermostability, n. /therr'moh stay"beuhl/, adj. Biochem. capable of being subjected to a moderate degree of heat without loss of characteristic properties, as certain toxins ...
—thermostatic, adj. —thermostatically, adv. /therr"meuh stat'/, n., v., thermostatted or thermostated; thermostatting or thermostating. n. 1. a device, including a relay ...
See thermostat. * * *
See thermostatic. * * *
thermostatics [thʉr΄mə stat′iks] n. 〚 THERMO- + STATICS〛 the science that deals with the equilibrium of heat * * *
See thermotaxis. * * *
See thermotactic. * * *
—thermotactic /therr'meuh tak"tik/, thermotaxic, adj. /therr'meuh tak"sis/, n. 1. Biol. movement of an organism toward or away from a source of heat. 2. Physiol. the regulation ...
thermotensile [thʉr΄məten′səl] adj. of or having a tensile strength that varies with changes in temperature * * *
/therr'moh ther"euh pee/, n. treatment of disease by means of moist or dry heat. [1855-60; THERMO- + THERAPY] * * *
See thermotropism. * * *
—thermotropic /therr'meuh trop"ik, -troh"pik/, adj. /theuhr mo"treuh piz'euhm/, n. Biol. oriented growth of an organism in response to heat. [1885-90; THERMO- + -TROPISM] * * *
theroid [thir′oid΄] adj. 〚Gr thēr, a wild beast (see FIERCE) + -OID〛 suggestive of an animal; beastlike * * *
▪ tyrant of Acragas flourished 5th century BC       tyrant of Acragas (modern Agrigento in southwestern Sicily) from 488 to 472, allied with Gelon, the powerful despot ...
Theron, Charlize
▪ 2005       Throughout Charlize Theron's acting career, the one attribute that was sure to be mentioned was her beauty. She managed to put at least a temporary stop to ...
Therond, Roger Jean
▪ 2002       French photojournalist and editor (b. Oct. 24, 1924, Sète, France—d. June 23, 2001, Paris, France), transformed Paris-Match from a conventional news ...
/thear"euh fuyt'/, n. Bot. a plant living only one year or one growing season. [ < Gk théro(s) summer + -PHYTE] * * *
/thear"euh pod'/, n. any member of the suborder Theropoda, comprising carnivorous dinosaurs that had short forelimbs and walked or ran on their hind legs. Also called bird-footed ...
See theropod. * * *
Theroux, Paul
▪ American author in full  Paul Edward Theroux  born April 10, 1941, Medford, Mass., U.S.       American novelist and travel writer known for his highly personal ...
/theuhr suy"teez/, n. (in the Iliad) a Greek who accused Agamemnon of greed and Achilles of cowardice during the Trojan War. * * *
/theuhr sit"i keuhl/, adj. scurrilous; foulmouthed; grossly abusive. [1640-50; THERSIT(ES) + -ICAL] * * *
Thes abbrev. Thessalonians * * * ➡ Times Higher Educational Supplement. * * *
Thessalonians. * * *
/theuh sawr'euhz moh"sis, -euhs-/, n. Pathol. See storage disease. [ < Gk thesaúrism(a) store, treasure, deriv., with -ma resultative n. suffix, of thesaurízein to store up ...
/thi sawr"euhs/, n., pl. thesauruses, thesauri /-sawr"uy/. 1. a dictionary of synonyms and antonyms. 2. any dictionary, encyclopedia, or other comprehensive reference book. 3. a ...
Thesaurus Linguae Latinae
▪ dictionary       dictionary of the Latin language, published at Leipzig, Ger., the most important and definitive such undertaking of modern times. It is being ...
▪ Tamil law       traditional law of the Tamil country of northern Sri Lanka, codified under Dutch colonial rule in 1707. The Dutch, to facilitate the administration of ...
/dheez/, pron., adj. pl. of this. * * *
See Theseus. * * *
Temple in Athens dedicated to Hephaestus and Athena as patrons of the arts and crafts. Built с 450 BC, it is slightly older than the Parthenon. Some of its sculptures represent ...
—Thesean /thi see"euhn/, adj. /thee"see euhs, -syoohs/, n. Class. Myth. an Attic hero, the husband of Phaedra, father of Hippolytus, and slayer of the Minotaur and the robber ...
Thesiger, Sir Wilfred Patrick
▪ 2004       British explorer (b. June 3, 1910, Addis Ababa, Abyssinia [now in Ethiopia]—d. Aug. 24, 2003, Croyden, Surrey, Eng.), spent most of his life in remote ...
/thee"sis/, n., pl. theses /-seez/. 1. a proposition stated or put forward for consideration, esp. one to be discussed and proved or to be maintained against objections: He ...
thesis play
a play that develops or defends a particular thesis. [1900-05] * * *
In Greek religion, a festival held in honor of Demeter Thesmophoros. The celebrants were free married women who had observed chastity for several days and abstained from certain ...
/thes"pee ee'/, n. a city at the foot of Mount Helicon where, according to mythology, the Muses performed their games. * * * Ancient town, Boeotia, eastern central Greece. It ...
/thes"pee euhn/, adj. 1. (often l.c.) pertaining to tragedy or to the dramatic art in general. 2. of or characteristic of Thespis. 3. of or pertaining to Thespiae. n. 4. ...
Thespian Lion
Class. Myth. a lion that attacked the flocks of Amphitryon and was killed by Hercules. * * *
/thes"pis/, n. fl. 6th century B.C., Greek poet. * * * flourished 6th century BC, Athens Greek poet, often considered the "inventor of tragedy. " He is the first recorded ...
/thes"pee euhs/, n. Class. Myth. the founder of the city of Thespiae and the father, by Megamede, of 50 daughters, all of whom bore sons to Hercules. * * *
/thes proh"tuy/, n. pl. the first inhabitants of ancient Epirus. Also, Thesprotians /thes proh"sheuhnz/. * * *
/thes proh"sheuh/, n. an ancient coastal district in SW Epirus. Also, Thesprotis /thes proh"tis/. * * *
Thess abbrev. Thessalonians * * *
Thessalonians. * * *
Thessalia [thə sāl′yə, thes΄ə lē′ə] Gr. name for THESSALY * * *
See Thessaly. * * *
/thes'euh loh"nee euhn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Thessalonike or its inhabitants. n. 2. a native or inhabitant of Thessalonike. [THESSALONI(KE) + -AN] * * *
/thes'euh loh"nee euhnz/, n. (used with a sing. v.) either of two books of the New Testament, I Thessalonians or II Thessalonians, written by Paul. Abbr.: Thes., Thess. * * *
Thessalonians, letters of Paul to the
▪ Bible       two New Testament letters written by Paul from Corinth, Greece, about AD 50 and addressed to the Christian community he had founded in ...
Thessalonica [thes΄ə län′i kə, thəsə lō nī′kə] ancient name for SALONIKA * * *
Gk. /the'sah law nee"kee/, n. official name of Salonika. Also, Thessalonica /thes'euh lon"i keuh, -euh loh nuy"keuh/. * * *
Thessaloniki or Thessalonike [thes΄ä lô nē′kē] modern Gr. name for SALONIKA * * * Thes·sa·lo·ní·ki (thĕ'sä-lô-nēʹkē) also Thes·sa·lo·ni·ca (-lô-nīʹkə, ...
—Thessalian /the say"lee euhn, -sayl"yeuhn/, adj., n. /thes"euh lee/, n. a region in E Greece: a former division of ancient Greece. 659,913; 5208 sq. mi. (14,490 sq. km). * * ...
/thay"teuh, thee"-/, n. 1. the eighth letter of the Greek alphabet. 2. the consonant sound represented by this letter. [1595-1605; < Gk thêta < Sem. See TETH] * * *
theta rhythm
Physiol. a pattern of brain waves having a regular frequency of 4 to 7 cycles per second as recorded by an electroencephalograph, observed during various states of light sleep or ...
theta wave
Physiol. any of the brain waves constituting theta rhythm. [1965-70] * * *
theta rhythm n. A waveform on an electroencephalogram having a frequency of 4 to 8 hertz, recorded chiefly in the hippocampus of carnivorous mammals when they are alert or ...
▪ England, United Kingdom       town (parish), Breckland district, administrative and historic county of Norfolk, England. The town lies on the edge of Thetford Chase ...
Thetford Mines
/thet"feuhrd/ a city in S Quebec, in E Canada: asbestos mining. 19,965. * * *
—thetically, adv. /thet"ik, thee"tik/, adj. positive; dogmatic. Also, thetical. [1670-80; < Gk thetikós, equiv. to thet(ós) placed, set (verbid of tithénai to lay down) + ...
See thetic. * * *
/thee"tis/, n. Class. Myth. a Nereid, the wife of Peleus and the mother of Achilles. * * * In Greek mythology, a Nereid loved by both Zeus and Poseidon. When it was revealed ...
▪ Visigoth king of Spain died June 548       the first Visigothic king of Spain (531–548), in the sense that he was the first to reside there permanently. An ...
See theurgy. * * *
See theurgic. * * *
See theurgic. * * *
See theurgic. * * *
—theurgic, theurgical, adj. —theurgist, n. /thee"err jee/, n., pl. theurgies. 1. a system of beneficent magic practiced by the Egyptian Platonists and others. 2. the working ...
—thewy, adj. /thyooh/, n. 1. Usually, thews. muscle or sinew. 2. thews, physical strength. [bef. 900; ME; OE theaw custom, usage; c. OHG thau (later dau) discipline; akin to L ...
/thyooh"lis/, adj. cowardly; timid. [1300-50; ME theweles. See THEW, -LESS] * * *
thews [thyo͞oz] pl.n. sing. thew 〚ME theawes, good qualities, hence, later, good physical qualities, strength < OE theaw, custom, habit, hence characteristic quality, akin to ...
See thew. * * *
/dhay/, pron. pl., poss. their or theirs, obj. them. 1. nominative plural of he, she, and it. 2. people in general: They say he's rich. 3. (used with an indefinite singular ...
/dhayd/ 1. contraction of they had. 2. contraction of they would. Usage. See contraction. * * *
/dhayl/ contraction of they will. Usage. See contraction. * * *
/dhair/; unstressed /dheuhr/ contraction of they are. Usage. See contraction. * * *
/dhayv/ contraction of they have. Usage. See contraction. * * *
See ṭḥp. * * *
var. of thio- before a vowel: thiazine. * * *
thi·a·ben·da·zole (thī'ə-bĕnʹdə-zōl') n. A white compound, C10H7N3S, used medically as an antifungal agent and as an anthelmintic.   [thiazole + benzo- + imide + ...
thiacetic acid
/thuy"euh see"tik, -euh set"ik, thuy'-/, Chem. See thioacetic acid. [1850-55] * * *
or vitamin B1 Organic compound, part of the vitamin B complex, necessary in carbohydrate metabolism. It carries out these functions in its active form, as a component of the ...
/thuy"euh min, -meen'/, n. Biochem. a white, crystalline, water-soluble compound of the vitamin-B complex, containing a thiazole and a pyrimidine group, C12H17ClN4OS, essential ...
thiamine mononitrate
/mon'euh nuy"trayt/. See under thiamine. * * *
/thuy"euh zuyd', -zid/, n. Pharm. a member of a class of diuretic substances that inhibit the reabsorption of sodium chloride in the distal convoluted tubule of the kidneys: used ...
/thuy"euh zeen', -zin/, n. Chem. any of a class of compounds containing a ring composed of one atom each of sulfur and nitrogen and four atoms of carbon. [1895-1900; THI- + ...
/thuy"euh zohl'/, n. Chem. 1. a colorless, slightly water-miscible liquid, C3H3NS, having a disagreeable odor. 2. any of various derivatives of this substance, used as dyes or ...
Thibaud, Jacques
▪ French musician born Sept. 27, 1880, Bordeaux, Fr. died Sept. 1, 1953, near Mt. Cemet, French Alps       French violinist known for his performances of Mozart, ...
Thibaut, Anton Friedrich Justus
▪ German jurist born Jan. 4, 1772, Hameln, Hanover died March 28, 1840, Heidelberg, Baden       German jurist and leader of the philosophical school that maintained the ...
▪ king of Myanmar also spelled  Theebaw   born 1858, Mandalay, Burma died Dec. 19, 1916, Ratnagiri Fort, India       last king of Burma, whose short reign (1878–85) ...
—Thibetan, adj., n. /ti bet"/, n. Tibet. * * *
/tib"euh doh'/, n. a city in SE Louisiana. 15,810. * * * ▪ Louisiana, United States       city, seat (1808) of Lafourche parish, southeastern Louisiana, U.S., on Bayou ...
—thickish, adj. —thickly, adv. /thik/, adj., thicker, thickest, adv., thicker, thickest, n. adj. 1. having relatively great extent from one surface or side to the opposite; ...
thick milk
Hudson Valley and North Midland U.S. clabber. Regional Variation. See clabber. * * *
thick register
Music. See chest register. [1900-05] * * *
thick-headed fly
▪ insect       any member of a family of elongated, wasplike flies (order Diptera) that have a head thicker than the thorax. They are brownish in colour and often have ...
/thik"nee'/, n. any of several crepuscular or nocturnal wading birds of the family Burhinidae, of the Old World and tropical America, having a thickened joint between the femoral ...
/thik"skind"/, adj. 1. having a thick skin. 2. insensitive or hardened to criticism, reproach, rebuff, etc. [1535-45] * * *
/thik"skuld"/, adj. stupid; dull. [1645-55] * * *
thick-tailed ray
/thik"tayld'/ Ichthyol. any ray of the order Rajiformes, having a relatively thick, fleshy tail, including the guitarfishes and the skates. * * *
—thick-wittedly, adv. —thick-wittedness, n. /thik"wit"id/, adj. lacking intelligence; thickheaded; dull; stupid. [1625-35] * * *
/thik"euhn/, v.t., v.i. 1. to make or become thick or thicker. 2. to make or grow more intense, profound, intricate, or complex: The plot thickens. [1375-1425; late ME thiknen < ...
/thik"euh neuhr/, n. 1. something that thickens. 2. an apparatus for the sedimentation and removal of solids suspended in various liquids. [1645-55; THICKEN + -ER1] * * *
/thik"euh ning/, n. 1. a making or becoming thick. 2. a thickened part or area; swelling. 3. something used to thicken; thickener. [1570-80; THICKEN + -ING1] * * *
—thicketed, thickety, adj. /thik"it/, n. a thick or dense growth of shrubs, bushes, or small trees; a thick coppice. [bef. 1000; OE thiccet (not recorded in ME), equiv. to ...
/thik"hed'/, n. 1. a stupid person; blockhead. 2. Also called whistler. any of several Old World birds of the genus Pachycephala, chiefly of various islands in the Pacific Ocean, ...
—thickheadedly, adv. —thickheadedness, n. /thik"hed'id/, adj. 1. (of a person) dull-witted; stupid. 2. (of an animal) having a thick head. [1700-10; THICK + HEADED] * * *
See thick. * * *
▪ bird also called  Stone Curlew,         any of numerous shorebirds that constitute the family Burhinidae (order Charadriiformes). The bird is named for the ...
See thickish. * * *
thick milk n. Pennsylvania See clabber.   [Translation of German Dickmilch.] * * *
/thik"nis/, n. 1. the state or quality of being thick. 2. the measure of the smallest dimension of a solid figure: a board of two-inch thickness. 3. the thick part or body of ...
thickness piece
Theat. a narrow flat or board used in scenic construction to give the illusion of depth or solidity to a door, wall, window, or the like. * * *
adj. /thik"set"/; n. /thik"set'/, adj. 1. set thickly or in close arrangement; dense: a thickset hedge. 2. studded, or furnished thickly; closely packed: a sky thickset with ...
Thiebaud, Wayne
▪ American painter and printmaker born Nov. 15, 1920, Mesa, Ariz., U.S.       American painter and printmaker who is perhaps best known for his crisp American still ...
/theef/, n., pl. thieves. a person who steals, esp. secretly or without open force; one guilty of theft or larceny. [bef. 900; ME; OE theof; c. D dief, G Dieb, ON thjofr, Goth ...
thief ant
a small red ant, Solenopsis molesta, of North America, that nests in the walls of the nest of a larger species from which it steals eggs and young larvae. [1900-05] * * *
Thiele, Colin Milton
▪ 2007       Australian children's author (b. Nov. 16, 1920, Eudunda, S.Aus., Australia—d. Sept. 4, 2006, Brisbane, Australia), published more than 100 books, ...
▪ count of Flanders also called  Thierry of Alsace , French  Thierry d'Alsace , Dutch  Diederik (Dirk) van den Elzas  born 1100 died Jan. 4, 1168, Grevelingen, ...
Thierry de Chartres
▪ French theologian also called  Thierry the Breton , Latin  Theodoricus , or  Terricus,  Carnotensis , or  Brito  born c. 1100, , France died c. 1150, , Chartres, ...
Thierry, Augustin
▪ French historian born 1795 died 1856       French historian whose discursive method of presenting history in picturesque and dramatic terms makes him one of the ...
/tyerdd"/, n. Louis Adolphe /lwee ann dawlf"/, 1797-1877, French statesman: president 1871-73. * * *
Thiers, (Louis-) Adolphe
born April 18, 1797, Marseille, France died Sept. 3, 1877, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, near Paris French politician and historian. He went to Paris in 1821 as a journalist and ...
Thiers, Adolphe
▪ French statesman and historian Introduction born April 18, 1797, Marseille died Sept. 3, 1877, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, near Paris  French statesman, journalist, and ...
Thiers,Louis Adolphe
Thiers (tē-ĕrʹ), Louis Adolphe. 1797-1877. French politician and historian who was the first president (1871-1873) of the republic formed after the fall of Napoleon III. * * *
▪ Senegal       city, west-central Senegal. Situated 35 miles (56 km) east of Dakar, it is an important transportation centre, serving as the junction of the eastern ...
▪ German bishop also spelled Dietmar, or Dithmar born July 25, 975, Hildesheim, Saxony [now in Germany] died Dec. 1, 1018, Merseburg, March of Thuringia       bishop ...
/tyooh/, n. Nguyen Van /ngooh"yen" vahn, nooh"-/. See Nguyen Van Thieu. * * *
—thievingly, adv. /theev/, v., thieved, thieving. v.t. 1. to take by theft; steal. v.i. 2. to act as a thief; commit theft; steal. [bef. 950; OE theofian, deriv. of theof THIEF ...
/thee"veuh ree/, n., pl. thieveries. 1. the act or practice of thieving; theft. 2. something taken by theft. [1560-70; THIEVE + -ERY] * * *
—thievishly, adv. —thievishness, n. /thee"vish/, adj. 1. given to thieving. 2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a thief; stealthy: a furtive, thievish look. [1400-50; ...
/thuy/, n. 1. the part of the lower limb in humans between the hip and the knee. 2. the corresponding part of the hind limb of other animals; the femoral region. 3. (in birds) a. ...
/thuy"huy'/, n. a garment for the lower body, as a stocking or boot, that reaches the thigh. * * *
/thuy"slap'euhr/, n. Informal. a very funny joke, remark, story, or incident. [1960-65] * * *
/thuy"bohn'/, n. femur (def. 1). [1400-50; late ME the bane. See THIGH, BONE] * * *
See thigmotaxis. * * *
See thigmotactic. * * *
—thigmotactic /thig'meuh tak"tik/, adj. /thig'meuh tak"sis/, n. Biol. movement of an organism toward or away from any object that provides a mechanical stimulus. [1895-1900; < ...
▪ microbiology       any protozoan of the ciliate order Thigmotrichida, found living parasitically in and about the gills or in the mantle cavity of bivalve mollusks ...
See thigmotropism. * * *
—thigmotropic /thig'meuh trop"ik, -troh"pik/, adj. /thig mo"treuh piz'euhm/, n. Biol. oriented growth of an organism in response to mechanical contact, as a plant tendril ...
Thigpen, Lynne
▪ 2004       American actress (b. Dec. 22, 1948, Joliet, Ill.—d. March 12, 2003, Los Angeles, Calif.), worked as a character actress on stage, screen, and television. ...
▪ Kenya       town, south-central Kenya. It lies in the highland region just northeast of the capital city of Nairobi, at an elevation of 4,943 feet (1,507 metres) ...
/thil/, n. either of the pair of shafts of a vehicle between which a draft animal is harnessed. [1275-1325; ME thille shaft < ?] * * *
Thimann, Kenneth V(ivian)
born Aug. 5, 1904, Ashford, Kent, Eng. died Jan. 15, 1997, Haverford, Pa., U.S. British-born U.S. plant physiologist. He received his Ph.D. from Imperial College in London. In ...
Thimann, Kenneth V.
▪ American plant physiologist in full  Kenneth Vivian Thimann   born Aug. 5, 1904, Ashford, Kent, Eng. died Jan. 15, 1997, Haverford, Pa., U.S.       English-born ...
Thimann, Kenneth Vivian
▪ 1998       British-born plant physiologist (b. Aug. 5, 1904, Ashford, Kent, Eng.—d. Jan. 15, 1997, Haverford, Pa.), isolated and purified the plant hormone auxin and ...
—thimblelike, adj. /thim"beuhl/, n. 1. a small cap, usually of metal, worn over the fingertip to protect it when pushing a needle through cloth in sewing. 2. Mech. any of ...
/thim"beuhl ber'ee/, n., pl. thimbleberries. any of several American raspberries bearing a thimble-shaped fruit, esp. the black raspberry, Rubus occidentalis. [1780-90, Amer.; ...
/thim"beuhl fool'/, n., pl. thimblefuls. 1. the amount that a thimble will hold. 2. a small quantity, esp. of liquid. [1600-10; THIMBLE + -FUL] Usage. See -ful. * * *
—thimblerigger, n. /thim"beuhl rig'/, n., v., thimblerigged, thimblerigging. n. 1. a sleight-of-hand swindling game in which the operator palms a pellet or pea while appearing ...
See thimblerig. * * *
/thim"beuhl weed'/, n. any of several plants having a thimble-shaped fruiting head, esp. either of two white-flowered North American plants, Anemone riparia or A. ...
Thim·bu (thĭmʹbo͞o', tĭmʹ-) See Thimphu. * * *
/thuy merr"euh sal', -mer"-/, n. Pharm. a cream-colored, crystalline, water-soluble powder, C9H9HgNaO2S, used chiefly as an antiseptic. [1945-50; perh. THI- + MER(CURY) + -O- + ...
/tim pooh"/, n. a city in and the capital of Bhutan, in the W part. 20,000. Also, Thimbu /tim booh"/. * * * Town (pop., 1999 est.: 28,000), capital of Bhutan. It lies on the ...
—thinly, adv. —thinness, n. /thin/, adj., thinner, thinnest, adv., v., thinned, thinning. adj. 1. having relatively little extent from one surface or side to the opposite; ...
thin film
—thin-film, adj. a film of material only a few microns thick, deposited on a substrate, as in the technology for making integrated circuits. [1955-60] * * *
Thin Man
a crime novel (1932) by the US writer Dashiell Hammett in which he created the married couple of Nick and Nora Charles. They solved crimes together and often discussed them in a ...
thin register
Music. See head register. * * *
thin-layer chromatography
/thin"lay'euhr/, Chem. chromatography in which glass plates coated with thin layers of alumina, silica gel, or cellulose are used as an adsorbent. [1955-60; trans. of G ...
thin-layer chromatography (TLC)
Type of chromatography using as the stationary phase a thin layer (0.01 inch [0.25 mm]) of a special finely ground matrix (silica gel, alumina, or similar material) coated on a ...
/thin"skind"/, adj. 1. having a thin skin. 2. sensitive to criticism, reproach, or rebuff; easily offended; touchy: a thin-skinned poet. [1590-1600] Syn. 2. squeamish, soft, ...
/dhuyn/, pron. 1. the possessive case of thou used as a predicate adjective, after a noun or without a noun. 2. the possessive case of thou used as an attributive adjective ...
thing1 /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 ...
/thing'in it self"/, n., pl. things-in-themselves /thingz'in dheuhm selvz"/. Kantianism. reality as it is apart from experience; what remains to be postulated after space, time, ...
/thing"euh meuh bob'/, n. Informal. thingamajig. Also, thingumabob, thingumbob /thing"euhm bob'/. [1835-45; see THINGAMAJIG, BOB2] * * *
/thing"euh meuh jig'/, n. Informal. a gadget or other thing for which the speaker does not know or has forgotten the name. Also, thingumajig. [1870-75; thingum or thingummy + ...
/thing"nis/, n. objective reality. Also, thinghood /thing"hood'/. [1895-1900; THING1 + -NESS] * * *
/thing"sted, ting"-/, n. the meeting place of a Scandinavian assembly. Cf. thing2. [THING2 + STEAD] * * *
Thingvalla, Lake
▪ lake, Iceland Icelandic  Thingvallavatn   lake, southwestern Iceland, 20 miles (32 km) east of Reykjavík. The lake is about 9 miles (14 km) long and up to 6 miles (10 ...
▪ historical site, Iceland  historical site, southwestern Iceland, on the northern shore of Thingvallavatn. From 930 to 1798 it was the annual meeting place of the Althing ...
/thing"ee/, n., pl. thingies, adj. n. 1. Facetious. any small item whose name is unknown or forgotten. adj. 2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of inanimate objects. [1885-90 ...
think1 /thingk/, v., thought, thinking, adj., n. v.i. 1. to have a conscious mind, to some extent of reasoning, remembering experiences, making rational decisions, etc. 2. to ...
think piece
Journalism. an article analyzing and giving the background of a news event, often with the author's opinions and forecast for the future. Also called dope story. Cf. editorial, ...
think tank
a research institute or organization employed to solve complex problems or predict or plan future developments, as in military, political, or social areas. Also called think ...
—thinkableness, n. —thinkably, adv. /thing"keuh beuhl/, adj. 1. capable of being thought; conceivable. 2. that may be considered as possible or likely. [1850-55; THINK1 + ...
See thinkable. * * *
/thing"keuhr/, n. 1. a person who thinks, as in a specified way or manner: a slow thinker. 2. a person who has a well-developed faculty for thinking, as a philosopher, theorist, ...
Thinker, The
(French, Le Penseur), a bronze statue (1879-89) by Rodin. * * *
—thinkingly, adv. /thing"king/, adj. 1. rational; reasoning: People are thinking animals. 2. thoughtful; reflective: Any thinking person would reject that plan. n. 3. thought; ...
thinking cap
a state of mind marked by reflection or concentration: If we put on our thinking caps, we may come up with the answer. [1870-75] * * *
thinking cap n. A state in which one thinks, especially carefully: put on one's thinking cap. * * *
think piece n. A newspaper article consisting of news analysis, background material, and personal opinions. * * *
think tank n. A group or an institution organized for intensive research and solving of problems, especially in the areas of technology, social or political strategy, or ...
See thin. * * *
thinner1 /thin"euhr/, n. 1. a volatile liquid, as turpentine, used to dilute paint, varnish, rubber cement, etc., to the desired or proper consistency. 2. a person who adds ...
See thinly. * * *
/thin"ish/, adj. somewhat thin. [1535-45; THIN + -ISH1] * * *
Thinsulate [thin′sə lāt΄] trademark for a type of thermal insulation made of synthetic fibers, used esp. as a lining in clothing * * *
/thuy"oh/, adj. Chem. containing sulfur, esp. in place of oxygen. [independent use of THIO-] * * *
thio acid
Chem. an acid in which part or all of the oxygen has been replaced by sulfur. [1890-95] * * *
thio salt
Chem. a salt of a thio acid. * * *
a combining form meaning "sulfur," used in chemical nomenclature in the names of compounds in which part or all of the oxygen atoms have been replaced by sulfur; often used to ...
/thuy'oh as'i tam"uyd, -id, -euh set"euh muyd', -mid/, n. Chem. a colorless, crystalline, water-soluble solid, C2H5NS, used chiefly in analytical chemistry as a source of ...
/thuy'oh euh see"tik, -set"ik/, adj. Chem. of or derived from thioacetic acid. [1850-55; THIO- + ACETIC] * * *
thioacetic acid
Chem. a yellow, fuming, pungent liquid, C2H4SO, used as a reagent and tear gas. Also, thiacetic acid. [1850-55] * * *
/thuy'oh al"deuh huyd'/, n. Chem. any of a class of compounds formed by the action of hydrogen sulfide on aldehydes, and regarded as aldehydes with the oxygen replaced by ...
thioallyl ether
/thuy"oh al"il, thuy'-/. See allyl sulfide. [THIO- + ALLYL] * * *
thioantimonate [thī΄ōan΄tə mō′nē āt΄thī΄ōan′tə mə nāt΄] n. any of a group of chemical compounds considered salts of thioantimonic acid: also thioantimoniate ...
thioantimonic acid
thioantimonic acid [thī΄ōan΄tə män′ik, thī΄ō an΄təmō′nik] n. 〚 THIO- + ANTIMONIC〛 a hypothetical acid, H3SbS4, known only in the form of its salts * * *
thioantimonious acid
thioantimonious acid [thī΄ōan΄tə mō′nē əs] n. 〚 THIO- + ANTIMONIOUS〛 any of a group of hypothetical acids, H3SbS3, HSbS2, and H4Sb2S5, known only in the forms of ...
thioantimonite [thī′ōan′tə mə nīt΄] n. any of a group of chemical compounds considered salts of the thioantimonious acids * * *
thioarsenate [thī΄ōär′sə nāt΄, thī΄ō är′sənit] n. any of a group of chemical compounds considered salts of the thioarsenic acids * * *
thioarsenic acid
thioarsenic acid [thī΄ōär sen′ik] n. 〚 THIO- + ARSENIC〛 any of three hypothetical acids, H3AsS4, HAsS3, and H4As2S7, known only in the forms of their salts * * *
thioarsenious acid
thioarsenious acid [thī΄ōär sē′nē əs] n. 〚 THIO- + ARSENIOUS〛 any of a group of hypothetical acids, H3AsS3, HAsS2, and H4As2S5, known only in the forms of their ...
thioarsenite [thī΄ōär′sə nīt΄] n. any of a group of chemical compounds considered salts of the thioarsenious acids * * *
/thuy'oh beuh sil"euhs/, n., pl. thiobacilli /-sil"uy/. Bacteriol. any of several rod-shaped bacteria of the genus Thiobacillus, inhabiting soil, sewage, etc., that derive energy ...
thiobacteria [thī΄ōbak tir′ē ə] pl.n. sing. thiobacterium [thī΄ōbak tir′ēəm] 〚 THIO- + BACTERIA〛 bacteria found esp. in stagnant water and at the bottom of the ...
/thuy'oh kahr bam"uyd, -id, -kahr"beuh muyd', -mid/, n. Chem. thiourea. [1875-80; THIO- + CARBAMIDE] * * *
/thuy'oh kahr'beuh nil"uyd, -id, -kahr ban"l uyd', -id/, n. Chem. a gray powder, C13H12N2S, used as an intermediate in dyes and as an accelerator in vulcanization. Also called ...
thioctic acid
/thuy ok"tik/ 1. Biochem. an organic acid, C8H14O2S2, that occurs as a coenzyme in hydrogen transfer reactions in certain plants, microorganisms, and animals and functions as a ...
/thuy'oh suy"euh nayt'/, n. Chem. a salt or ester of thiocyanic acid, as sodium thiocyanate, NaSCN. Also, thiocyanide /thuy'oh suy"euh nuyd'/. [1875-80; THIO- + CYANATE] * * *
thiocyanic acid
/thuy"oh suy an"ik, thuy'-/, Chem. an unstable acid, HSCN, known chiefly in the form of its salts. [1875-80; THIO- + CYANIC ACID] * * *
thi·o·cy·an·ic acid (thī'ō-sī-ănʹĭk) n. An unstable colorless liquid, HSCN, used in the form of esters as an insecticide. * * *
/thuy"euh dan'/, Trademark. (sometimes l.c.) a brand of endosulfan. * * *
/thuy"euh kawl', -kol'/, n. Trademark. a brand name for any of a group of durable synthetic rubber products derived from an organic halide, as ethylene dichloride, C2H4Cl2, and ...
—thiolic /thuy ol"ik/, adj. /thuy"awl, -ol/, Chem. n. 1. mercaptan. adj. 2. mercapto. [1885-90; THI- + -OL1] * * * ▪ chemical compound also called ...
thion- pref. Sulfur: thionic.   [From Greek theion, sulfur.] * * *
thionate [thī′ə nāt΄] n. a salt or ester of a thionic acid * * *
/thuy on"ik/, adj. Chem. of or pertaining to sulfur. [1875-80; < Gk theîon sulfur + -IC] * * *
thionic acid
Chem. any of the five acids of sulfur of the type H2SnO6, where n is from two to six. [1875-80] * * *
thionine [thī′ə nēn΄, thī′ənin] n. 〚< Gr theion, sulfur (see THIO-) + -INE3〛 a dark-green crystalline thiazine base, C12H9N3S, producing a violet dye in solution, ...
▪ France       town, Moselle département, Lorraine région, northeastern France. It is on the canalized Moselle River, near the Luxembourg border. It has remains of a ...
/thuy"euh nil/, adj. Chem. sulfinyl. [1870-75; < Gk theîon sulfur + -YL] * * *
thionyl chloride
Chem. a clear, pale yellow or red, fuming, corrosive liquid, SOCl2, used chiefly in organic synthesis. [1870-75] * * *
thiopental sodium
/thuy"euh pen"tl, -tal, -tawl, thuy'-/, Pharm. a barbiturate, C11H18N2NaO2S, used as an anesthetic in surgery and, in psychiatry, for narcoanalysis and to stimulate recall of ...
thi·o·pen·tal sodium (thī'ō-pĕnʹtăl', -tôl') n. A yellowish-white hygroscopic powder, C11H17N2O2SNa, injected intravenously as a general anesthetic and used in ...
/thuy"euh feen'/, n. Chem. a water-insoluble, colorless liquid, C4H4S, resembling benzene, occurring in crude coal-tar benzene: used chiefly as a solvent and in organic ...
/thuy'euh fee"nawl, -nol/, n. Chem. a colorless, foul-smelling liquid, C6H6S, used chiefly in organic synthesis. [1895-1900; THIO- + PHENOL] * * *
/thuy'oh fos"fayt/, n. Chem. a salt or ester of thiophosphoric acid. [THIO- + PHOSPHATE] * * *
thiophosphoric acid
/thuy'oh fos fawr"ik, -for"-/, Chem. an acid derived from phosphoric acid by substituting one or more sulfur atoms for oxygen atoms. [THIO- + PHOSPHORIC ACID] * * *
/thuy'euh rid"euh zeen', -zin/, n. Pharm. a phenothiazine, C21H26N2S2, used as an antipsychotic chiefly in the treatment of acute psychoses and schizophrenia. [1955-60; THIO- + ...
/thuy'euh si nam"in, -sin"euh meen'/, n. Chem. a white, crystalline, water-soluble, bitter-tasting powder, C4H8N2S, occurring in mustard oil: used chiefly in organic synthesis. ...
/thuy'oh sul"fayt/, n. Chem. a salt or ester of thiosulfuric acid. [1870-75; THIO- + -SULFATE] * * *
/thuy'oh sul fyoor"ik/, adj. Chem. of or derived from thiosulfuric acid. [1870-75; THIO- + SULFURIC] * * *
thiosulfuric acid
Chem. an acid, H2S2O3, that may be regarded as sulfuric acid with one oxygen atom replaced by sulfur. [1870-75] * * *
thi·o·sul·fu·ric acid (thī'ō-sŭl-fyo͝orʹĭk) n. An acid, H2S2O3, formed by replacement of an oxygen atom by a sulfur atom in sulfuric acid, known only in solution or by ...
thi·o·te·pa (thī'ō-tēʹpə, -tĕpʹə) n. A crystalline compound, C6H12N3PS, a sulfur-containing analogue of tepa, used to treat certain malignant tumors. * * *
/thuy'oh thik"seen/, n. Pharm. a potent antipsychotic, C23H29N3O2S2, used in the management of schizophrenia and related psychoses. [1960-65; THIO- + THI(O)X(ANTH)ENE] * * *
/thuy'oh yoor"euh sil/, n. Pharm. a white, slightly water-soluble, bitter, crystalline powder C4H4N2OS, used chiefly in treating hyperthyroidism by reducing the activity of the ...
/thuy'oh yoo ree"euh, -yoor"ee euh/, n. Chem. a colorless, crystalline, bitter-tasting, water-soluble solid, CH4N2S, derived from urea by replacement of the oxygen with sulfur: ...
/thuy'euh zan"theen/, n. Pharm. any of a class of antipsychotics, as thiothixene, used to relieve symptoms of severe psychiatric disorders. [THIO- + XANTH- + -ENE] * * *
/dherr, dhear/, pron. Scot. and North Eng. these. [1300-50; ME (north) < ?] * * *
/thear"euh/; Gk. /thee"rddah/, n. Thera. * * * ancient Thera formerly Santorini Island, southern Cyclades, Greece. The remaining half of an exploded volcano, it surrounds a ...
/thuy"ram/, n. Chem. a white, crystalline compound, C6H12N2S4, insoluble in water, slightly soluble in alcohol, soluble in benzene and acetone, used as a vulcanizer and ...
—thirdly, adv. /therrd/, adj. 1. next after the second; being the ordinal number for three. 2. being one of three equal parts. 3. Auto. of, pertaining to, or operating at the ...
Third Amendment
an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights, guaranteeing that the forced quartering of soldiers in private homes would be prohibited in ...
third base
Baseball. 1. the third in counterclockwise order of the bases from home plate. 2. the playing position of the fielder covering the area of the infield near this base. [1835-45, ...
third baseman
Baseball. the player whose position is third base. [1855-60, Amer.] * * *
third class
1. the class, grade, or rank immediately below the second. 2. the least costly class of accommodations on trains, in hotels, etc. Cf. tourist class. 3. (in the U.S. Postal ...
Third Commandment
"Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain": third of the Ten Commandments. Cf. Ten Commandments. * * *
third degree
1. intensive questioning or rough treatment, esp. by the police, in order to get information or a confession. 2. the degree of master mason in Freemasonry. [1860-65] * * *
Third Department
▪ Russian political office Russian  Tretye Otdeleniye,  also called  Third Section Of His Imperial Majesty's Own Chancery In Russia,         office created by ...
third dimension
1. the additional dimension by which a solid object is distinguished from a planar projection of itself or from any planar object. 2. something that heightens the reality, ...
third ear
intuition. * * *
third estate
the third of the three estates or political orders: the commons in France or England. Cf. estate (def. 5). [1595-1605] * * * French Tiers État In French history, one of the ...
third eye
1. See pineal eye. 2. intuition. [1800-10] * * *
third eyelid
third eyelid n. NICTITATING MEMBRANE * * *
third eyelid.
See nictitating membrane. * * *
third finger
the finger next to the little finger; ring finger. * * *
third force
a political faction or party, etc., occupying an intermediate position between two others representing opposite extremes. [1945-50] * * *

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