Dictionary: THINK'ER – THIR-TEEN

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One who thinks; but chiefly, one who thinks in a particular manner; as, a close thinker; a deep thinker; a coherent thinker. Locke. Swift.


Imagination; cogitation; judgment. I heard a bird so sing, / Whose music, to my thinking, pleas'd the king. Shak.


  1. Having ideas; supposing; judging; imagining; intending; meditating.
  2. adj. Having the faculty of thought; cogitative; capable of a regular train of ideas. Man is a thinking being.


By thought.

THIN'LY, adv. [from thin.]

In a loose, scattered manner; not thickly; as, ground thinly planted with trees; a country thinly inhabited.


Made thin; made rare or less thick.


  1. The state of being thin; smallness of extent from one side or surface to the opposite; as, the thinness of ice; the thinness of a plate; the thinness of the skin.
  2. Tenuity; rareness; as, the thinness of air or other fluid.
  3. A state approaching to fluidity, or even fluidity; opposed to spissitude; as, the thinness of honey, of white wash, or of paint.
  4. Exility; as, the thinness of a point.
  5. Rareness; a scattered state; paucity; as, the thinness of trees in a forest; the thinness of inhabitants.


Making thin, rare, or less thick; attenuating.

THIRD, a. [thurd; Sax. thridda; Goth. thridya; G. dritte; D. derde; Sw. and Dan. tredie; Fr. tiers; L. tertius; Gr. τριτος; W. trydy.]

The first after the second; the ordinal of three. The third hour in the day among the ancients, was nine o'clock in the morning. Third estate, in the British nation, is the commons; or in the legislature, the house of commons. Third order, among the Romanists, is a sort of religious order that observes the same rule and the same manner of life, in proportion as some other two orders previously instituted; as, the third order of Franciscans, instituted by St. Francis in 1221. Cyc. Third point or tierce point, in architecture, the point of section in the vertex of an equilateral triangle. Cyc. Third rate, in navies. A third rate ship carries from 64 to 80 guns. Third sound, in music. See the noun, Third.

THIRD, n. [thurd.]

  1. The third part of any thing. A man takes land and tills it for one third of the produce; the owner taking two thirds.
  2. The sixtieth part of a second of time.
  3. In music, an interval containing three diatonic sounds; the major composed of two tones, called by the Greeks ditone, and the minor called hemiditone, consisting of a tone and a half. Rousseau. Busby.

THIRD-BOR-OUGH, n. [thurd'burro. third and borough.]

An under constable. Johnson.


The third year of the corn or grain growing on the ground at the tenant's death, due to the lord for a heriot, within the manor of Turfat in Herefordshire. Cyc.

THIRD'LY, adv.

In the third place. Bacon.

THIRDS, n. [plur.]

The third part of the estate of a deceased husband, which, by law, the widow is entitled to enjoy during her life. New England.

THIRL, v.t. [thurl; Sax. thirlian.]

To bore; to perforate. It is now written drill and thrill. [See these words, and see Nostril.]

THIRL-AGE, n. [thurl'age.]

In English customs, the right which the owner of a mill possesses by contract or law, to compel the tenants of a certain district to bring all their grain to his mill for grinding. Cyc.

THIRST, n. [thurst; Sax. thurst, thyrst; G. durst; D. dorst; Sw. törst; Dan. törst, from tör, dry; törrer, to dry, D. dorren, L. torreo, Sw. torka.]

  1. A painful sensation of the throat or fauces, occasioned by the want of drink. Wherefore is it that thou hast brought us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst? Exod. xvii.
  2. A vehement desire of drink. Ps. civ.
  3. A want and eager desire after any thing. Thirst of worldly good. Fairfax. Thirst of knowledge. Milton. Thirst of praise. Granville. Thirst after happiness. Cheyne. But for is now more generally used after thirst; as, a thirst or worldly honors; a thirst for praise.
  4. Dryness; drouth. The rapid current, through veins / Of porous earth with kindly thirst updrawn, / Rose a fresh fountain. Milton.

THIRST, v.i. [thurst; Sax. thyrstan; D. dorsten; G. dursten; Sw. törsta; Dan. törster.]

  1. To experience a painful sensation of the throat or fauces, for want of drink. The people thirsted there for water. Exod. xvii.
  2. To have a vehement desire for any thing. My soul thirsteth for the living God. Ps. xlii.

THIRST, v.t.

To want to drink; as, to thirst blood. [Not English.] Prior.


One who thirsts.


In a thirsty manner.

THIRST'I-NESS, n. [from thirsty.]

The state of being thirsty; thirst. Wotton.


Feeling pain for want of drink; having eager desire.

THIRST'Y, a. [from thirst.]

  1. Feeling a painful sensation of the throat or fauces, for want of drink. Give me a little water, for I am thirsty. Judges iv. I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink. Matth. xxv.
  2. Very dry; having no moisture; parched. The thirsty land shall become springs of water. Is. xxxv.
  3. Having a vehement desire of any thing; as, in blood-thirsty. Is. xliv. lxv.

THIR-TEEN, a. [thur'teen; Sax. threottyne; three and ten; Sw. tretton; G. dreyzehn; D. dertien.]

Ten and three; as, thirteen times.