Dictionary: THURS'DAY – THY'MUS

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THURS'DAY, n. [Dan. Torsdag, that is, Thor's day, the day consecrated to Thor, the god of thunder, answering to the Jove of the Greeks and Romans, L. dies Jovis; It. Giovedi; Sp. Jueves; Fr. Jeudi. So in G. donnerstag, D. donderdag, thunder-day. This Thor is from the root of W. taran, thunder; taraw, to strike, hit or produce a shock; Gaelic and Ir. toirn, a great noise; toirneas, thunder. The root of the word signifies to drive, to rush, to strike. In Sw. thördon is thunder.]

The fifth day of the week.

THUS, adv. [Sax. thus; D. dus.]

  1. In this or that manner; on this wise; as, thus saith the Lord; the Pharisee prayed thus. Thus did Noah, according to all that God commanded him. Gen. vi.
  2. To this degree or extent; as, thus wise; thus peaceable. Holyday. Thus far extend, thus far thy bounds. Milton.
  3. In the phrase, thus much, it seems to be an adjective, equivalent to this much.

THUS, n. [Gr. θυω, to sacrifice.]

The resin of the spruce far, so called from its use.


A heavy blow with something flat or heavy. Addison.

THWACK, v.t. [Qu. Sax. thaccian, to feel or stroke lightly. It does not well accord with this verb. The word twit is the Sax. æthwitan, or othwitan, a compound of æth or oth, to or at, and witan. In like manner, thwack may be formed from our vulgar whack, which is precisely the Eth. ወቅዐ wakea, Ar. wakaa, to strike.]

To strike with something flat or heavy; to bang; to beat or thrash. Arbuthnot.


Striking with a heavy blow.


  1. A fish, a variety of the shad. Cyc.
  2. A plain parcel of ground, cleared of wood and stumps, inclosed and converted to tillage. [Local.]

THWART, a. [thwort; D. dwars; Dan. tver, tvert, tvers; Sw. tvärs, tvart; probably a compound of Sax. æth, oth, to, and the root of veer, L. verto, versus.]

Transverse; being across something else. Mov'd contrary with thwart obliquities. Milton.


The seat or bench of a boat on which the rowers sit. Mar. Dict.

THWART, v.i.

To be in opposition. A proposition that shall thwart at all with these internal oracles. [Unusual and improper.] Locke.

THWART, v.t. [thwort.]

  1. To cross; to belie or come across the direction of something. Swift as a shooting star / In autumn thwarts the night. Milton.
  2. To cross, as a purpose; to oppose; to contravene; hence, to frustrate or defeat. We say, to thwart a purpose, design or inclination; or to thwart a person. If crooked fortune had not thwarted me. Shak. Thc proposals of the one never thwarted the inclinations of the other. South.


Crossed; opposed; frustrated.


A disease in sheep, indicated by shaking, trembling or convulsive motions. Cyc.


The act of crossing or frustrating.


Crossing; contravening; defeating.


In a cross direction; in opposition.


Untowardness; perverseness. Hall.


Across the ship. Mar. Dict.

THWITE, v.t. [Sax. thwitan.]

To cut or clip with a knife. [Local.] Chaucer.


To whittle. [See Whittle.] Chaucer.

THY, a. [contracted from thine, or from some other derivative of thou. It is probable that the pronoun was originally thig, thug or thuk, and the adjective thigen. See Thou.]

Thy is the adjective of thou, or a pronominal adjective, signifying of thee, or belonging to thee, like tuus in Latin. It is used in the solemn and grave style. These are thy works, parent of good. Milton.

THYINE-WOOD, n. [Thyine wood.]

A precious wood, mentioned Rev. xviii.


The name of a species of indurated clay, of the morochthus kind, of a smooth regular texture, very heavy, of a shining surface, and of a pale green color. Cyc.

THYME, n. [usually pronounced improperly time. Fr. thym; L. thymus; Gr. θυμος.]

A plant of the genus Thymus. The garden thyme is a warm pungent aromatic, much used to give a relish to seasonings and soups.

THY'MUS, n. [Gr. θυμος.]

In anatomy, a glandular body, divided into lobes, situated behind the sternum in the duplicature of the mediastinum. It is largest in the fetus, diminishes after birth, and in adults often entirely disappears. It has no excretory duct, and its use is unknown. In calves it is called sweet-bread; but the term sweet-bread is also applied to the pancreas, a very different organ. Hooper. Wistar. Parr.