thought

Definitions

  • "The other passengers thought him mad."
    "The other passengers thought him mad."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n thought the process of using your mind to consider something carefully "thinking always made him frown","she paused for thought"
    • n thought the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about "it was not a good idea","the thought never entered my mind"
    • n thought a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty "my opinion differs from yours","I am not of your persuasion","what are your thoughts on Haiti?"
    • n thought the organized beliefs of a period or group or individual "19th century thought","Darwinian thought"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Two girls looking thoughtful; one of them is sitting on a clothes trunk Two girls looking thoughtful; one of them is sitting on a clothes trunk
Serenely Wandering in a Trance of Sober Thought Serenely Wandering in a Trance of Sober Thought
The prince looks thoughtfully at the silent Dorani The prince looks thoughtfully at the silent Dorani
Turning the ring thoughtfully upon his finger Turning the ring thoughtfully upon his finger
He told them what he thought their dreams must mean He told them what he thought their dreams must mean

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An African American chef in Albany, NY is thought to have been the inventor of potato chips sometime in 1865. Unfortunately, nobody knows his name.
    • Thought imp. & p. p. of Think.
    • Thought A small degree or quantity; a trifle; as, a thought longer; a thought better. "If the hair were a thought browner.""This [faculty], to which I gave the name of the “elaborative faculty,” -- the faculty of relations or comparison, -- constitutes what is properly denominated thought ."
    • Thought Meditation; serious consideration. "Pride, of all others the most dangerous fault,
      Proceeds from want of sense or want of thought ."
    • Thought Solicitude; anxious care; concern. "Hawis was put in trouble, and died with thought and anguish before his business came to an end.""Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink."
    • Thought 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 .""Why do you keep alone, . . . Using those thoughts which should indeed have died
      With them they think on?"
      "Thoughts come crowding in so fast upon me, that my only difficulty is to choose or to reject.""All their thoughts are against me for evil."
    • Thought 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: As late as 1820, the universe was thought to be 6,000 years old. It is now thought to be between 15 and 20 billion years old.
    • n thought The act or the product of thinking. Psychologically considered, thought has two elements—one a series of phenomena of consciousuess during an interval of time in which there is no noticeable interruption of the current of association by outward reactions (peripheral sensations and muscular efforts); the other a more or less definite acquisition to the stock of mental possessions—namely, a notion, which may repeatedly present itself and be recognized as ideutical. The former of these elements is the act of thinking as it appears to consciousness; the latter is the lasting effect produced upon the mind, likewise considered from the point of view of consciousness. In the most concrete sense, a single step in a process of thinking; a notion; a reflection.
    • n thought The condition or state of a person during such mental action.
    • n thought A synonym of cognition in the common threefold division of modes of consciousness: from the fact that thought, as above described, embraces every cognitive process except sensation, which is a mode of consciousness more allied to volition than to other kinds of cognition.
    • n thought The objective element of the intellectual product.
    • n thought A judgment or mental proposition, in which form the concept always appears.
    • n thought An argument, inference, or process of reasoning, by which process the concept is always produced.
    • n thought A concept, considered as something which, under the influence of experience and mental action, has a development of its own, more or less independent of individual caprices, and that in the life of an individual, and in history: as, the gradual development of Greek thought.
    • n thought The subjective element of intellectual activity; thinking.
    • n thought The understanding; intellect.
    • n thought An intention; a design; a purpose; also, a half-formed determination or expectation with reference to future action: with of: as, I have some thought of going to Europe.
    • n thought plural A particular frame of mind; a mood or temper.
    • n thought Doubt; perplexity.
    • n thought Care; trouble; anxiety; grief.
    • n thought A slight degree; a fraction; a trifle; a little: used in the adverbial phrase a thought: as, a thought too small.
    • n thought Preterit and past participle of think.
    • n thought Preterit of think.
    • n thought A rower's seat; a thwart.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dana Carvey changed his name to "Tom" for 2 weeks because he thought Dana was a girl's name.
    • pa.t., pa.p Thought thawt of think.
    • n Thought thawt the act of thinking: reasoning: deliberation: that which one thinks: idea: fancy: consideration: opinion: meditation: design: care
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Quotations

  • Norman Vincent Peale
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    “Change your thoughts and you change your world.”
  • Leonardo Da Vinci
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    “While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.”
  • Thomas Hood
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    “But evil is wrought by want of thought as well as want of heart!”
  • Lancelot Law Whyte
    Lancelot Law Whyte
    “Thought is born of failure.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you would attain greatness, think no little thoughts.”
  • Samuel Johnson
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    “Language is the dress of thought.”

Idioms

A penny for your thoughts - This idiom is used as a way of asking someone what they are thinking about.
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Food for thought - If something is food for thought, it is worth thinking about or considering seriously.
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Perish the thought - Perish the thought is an expression meaning that you really hope something will not happen.
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Second thoughts - If some has second thoughts, they start to think that an idea, etc, is not as good as it sounded at first and are starting to have doubts.
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Train of thought - A train of thought is a sequence of thoughts, especially when you are talking to someone and you forget what you were going to say.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. þoght, þouht, AS. þōht, geþōht, fr. þencean, to think; akin to D. gedachte, thought, MHG. dāht, gedāht, Icel. þōttr, þōtti,. See Think
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ge-thóht; Ice. thóttr, Ger. bedacht. Cf. Think.

Usage

In literature:

I had no such thoughts.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
Ellen thought that did not mend matters, but wisely kept her thoughts to herself.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
And now as she thought of writing to him there came to her, more bitterly than ever, the thought of her false position.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
He kept God at the center of his thoughts.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
I never thought I should miss her quite so much,' she thought.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
The thought of her soul was intimately mixed up with the thought of her own self.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
He thought and thought.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
She thought of her dear brothers, and thought that Heaven would certainly not forsake her.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
Tresler was thoughtfully smoking.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
It was a thought almost always with him, a thought which never failed to stir his pulses and set them racing.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Ah, yes, her thoughts were for the children, womanly, unselfish thoughts just such as a good mother should have.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
And who shall say what thoughts he thought; what wild schemes of revenge he planned?
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
She thought of the waltzing, thought of Susanna, and was cowardly.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
I thought so, and I told my thoughts to Marion.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
He thought and thought, but he could see no gleam of light on the matter.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
I thought that everybody in London knew him.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
He didn't really die; but he thought about himself until he thought he died.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
There is only one remedy for the ills of thought, and that is, more thought.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
He thought the last word; he took the risk that she might peep his other thoughts.
"Earth Alert!" by Kris Neville
The impression of the night held sway over all he did and thought.
"The Wave" by Algernon Blackwood
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In poetry:

Let not your thoughts constantly be fought,
Let thoughts in patience and joy be caught.
What patience? Cause what they call the heart
Is a drop of blood, and a thousand thought.
"Rubaiyat 37" by Shams al-Din Hafiz
It seems to me, my friend (and this wild thought
Of all wild thoughts, doth chiefly make me bleed),
That in those hills and valleys wonder-fraught,
I loved and lost a noble creed.
"To Henry Halloran" by Henry Kendall
Again the Muse:
Thou dost not understand;
A thought within thy song is lingering yet.
Sing but of words; all else forget, forget.
Nor let thy words convey one thought to men.
Try once again.
"The Muse And The Poet" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
O by those gentle tones and dear,
When thou hast stayed our wild career,
Thou only hope of souls,
Ne'er let us cast one look behind,
But in the thought of Jesus find
What every thought controls.
"The Conversion Of St. Paul" by John Keble
Stay my thoughts do not aspire,
To vaine hopes of high desire;
See you not all meanes bereft,
To injoye no joye is left,
Yet still me thinkes my thoughts doe say,
Some hopes do live amid dismay.
"21 (Song 3)" by Mary Wroth
Why lingerest thou, filling with wandering fears
My lone love’s tired heart; her eyes with tears
For thoughts like sorrow for the vanished years?
Weaver of ill thoughts, when wilt thou be gone?
"The Two Sides Of The River" by William Morris

In news:

At first thought, many people might assume the savings would be 20 percent, since the schools will be closed one out of every five days.
Oh God, I thought to myself, here we go again.
The thought of more nuclear power may conjure up images of the Three Mile Island accident or Blinky, the three-eyed fish from the animated television showThe Simpsons.
Having snapped when I should have buttoned my lip, I thought the next day of ways I could make amends, how I could patch things up, as it were.
The Obama campaign must have thought it was giving Vice President Biden a job that even he couldn't mess up.
Like countless Americans, and especially New Yorkers, Barbara Sibley found her thoughts lately turning to W.
WELL WE WERE HAVING A FAMILY DINNER ON SATURDAY SO I THOUGHT I WOULD DRESS UP AND BEING THE NIECES AND NEPHEWS WERE COMING, I KNEW THEY WOULD LIKE IT.
My Psychic Thoughts tell me this is a great cause.
The Dandy Worhols, who would have thought.
Who would have thought Al Roker had a snarky side.
T i m and Susan Newell thought they wanted a screened-in porch.
'If you ever thought the most interesting member of Led Zeppelin was in fact, John Paul Jones, or Robert Plant well, you might be right'.
It had to be a joke, we thought.
Roger Gainey thought he had what it takes to become a supervisor at the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department.
Times fashion critic Booth Moore thought of the Balenciaga collection here.
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In science:

Thus, PlP(cid:3) ;P (cid:3) associates with a set U two numbers that can be thought of as de(cid:12)ning an interval in terms of the lower and upper probability of U .
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
From the scaling solution to the RG flow equations, we have z−1 = 2|δ | — this is to be thought of as the leading term in a small-δ expansion for z−1 .
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
Such superspaces can be thought of as applications of twistor geometrical techniques in a supersymmetric setting.
Aspects of the D=6, (2,0) Tensor Multiplet
However, in the case of Euclidean “spacetime” R4 , twistor space can be thought of as an extension of spacetime by a two-sphere S 2 ∼ CP 1 .
Aspects of the D=6, (2,0) Tensor Multiplet
The requirements for quantum memory are thought to be very different from those of quantum gates.
Prospects for a Quantum Dynamic Random Access Memory (Q-DRAM)
This source is thought to be powered by either a dust-enshrouded AGN or an ultraluminous starburst.
The Chandra Deep Survey of the Hubble Deep Field North Area. IV. An Ultradeep Image of the HDF-N
The version of the model studied here has Θ4 terms which can be thought of as sums of 6J terms, or alternatively as diagrams which have the effect of forcing the two internal labels to be equal.
A finiteness proof for the Lorentzian state sum spinfoam model for quantum general relativity
This effect is seen in all dimensions of three or more, but not in two dimensions, for which case the interface may be thought of as a line with Gaussian fluctuations (see [18, 26]).
Rigidity of the interface for percolation and random-cluster models
Note that a state can be therefore understood as an atomic event from Ω, and M can be thought of as a word from Ω+ .
The temporal calculus of conditional objects and conditional events
An investigation of the laws of thought, on which are founded the mathematical theories of logic and probabilities.
The temporal calculus of conditional objects and conditional events
However, these thought experiments have encountered some ob jections.
On the Experimental Incompatibility Between Standard and Bohmian Quantum Mechanics
Particles are not thought of as having momentum or spin, or any other internal structure.
Physics with exotic probability theory
It can be thought of a some kind of ”flatness” condition on A.
The categorical theory of relations and quantizations
Each element in B can be thought of as a arrow that has a source and a target in the vertex set A for the graph and similarly for elements in E .
The categorical theory of relations and quantizations
This case can be thought as the situation where the critical density is ρc = 0.
Vibrations in glasses and Euclidean Random Matrix theory
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