Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Thibetan adjective Of or pertaining to Thibet. -- noun A native or inhabitant of Thibet.
Thibetian adjective & noun Same as Thibetan .
Thible noun A slice; a skimmer; a spatula; a pudding stick. [ Obsolete or Prov. Eng.] Ainsworth.
[ Compar. Thicker
(-ẽr); superl. Thickest
.] [ Middle English thicke
, Anglo-Saxon þicce
; akin to Dutch dik
, Old Saxon thikki
, Old High German dicchi
thick, dense, German dick
thick, Icelandic þykkr
, and probably to Gael. & Ir. tiugh
. Confer Tight
.] 1. Measuring in the third dimension other than length and breadth, or in general dimension other than length; - - said of a solid body; as, a timber seven inches thick .
Were it as thick as is a branched oak. Chaucer.
My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins. 1 Kings xii. 10. 2. Having more depth or extent from one surface to its opposite than usual; not thin or slender; as, a thick plank; thick cloth; thick paper; thick neck. 3. Dense; not thin; inspissated; as, thick vapors. Also used figuratively; as, thick darkness.
Make the gruel thick and slab. Shak. 4. Not transparent or clear; hence, turbid, muddy, or misty; as, the water of a river is apt to be thick after a rain.
"In a thick
, misty day." Sir W. Scott. 5. Abundant, close, or crowded in space; closely set; following in quick succession; frequently recurring.
The people were gathered thick together. Luke xi. 29.
Black was the forest; thick with beech it stood. Dryden. 6. Not having due distinction of syllables, or good articulation; indistinct; as, a thick utterance. 7. Deep; profound; as, thick sleep.
[ R.] Shak. 8. Dull; not quick; as, thick of fearing. Shak.
His dimensions to any thick sight were invincible. Shak. 9. Intimate; very friendly; familiar.
We have been thick ever since. T. Hughes.
is often used in the formation of compounds, most of which are self-explaining; as, thick
- growing, thick
-woven, and the like. Thick register
. (Phon.) See the Note under Register , noun , 7.
-- Thick stuff (Nautical)
, all plank that is more than four inches thick and less than twelve. J. Knowles. Syn.
-- Dense; close; compact; solid; gross; coarse.
Thick noun 1. The thickest part, or the time when anything is thickest.
In the thick of the dust and smoke. Knolles. 2. A thicket; as, gloomy thicks .
[ Obsolete] Drayton.
Through the thick they heard one rudely rush. Spenser.
He through a little window cast his sight Dryden. Thick-and-thin block (Nautical)
Through thick of bars, that gave a scanty light.
, a fiddle block. See under Fiddle .
-- Through thick and thin
, through all obstacles and difficulties, both great and small.
Through thick and thin she followed him. Hudibras.
He became the panegyrist, through thick and thin , of a military frenzy. Coleridge.
Thick (thĭk) adverb [ Anglo-Saxon þicce .] Thick and threefold , in quick succession, or in great numbers. [ Obsolete] L'Estrange.
1. Frequently; fast; quick. 2. Closely; as, a plat of ground thick sown. 3. To a great depth, or to a greater depth than usual; as, land covered thick with manure.
Thick transitive verb & i.
[ Confer Anglo-Saxon þiccian
.] To thicken.
The nightmare Life-in-death was she, Coleridge.
Who thicks man's blood with cold.
Thick wind (Far.) A defect of respiration in a horse, that is unassociated with noise in breathing or with the signs of emphysema.
Thick-headed adjective Having a thick skull; stupid.
Thick-knee noun (Zoology) A stone curlew. See under Stone .
Thick-skinned adjective Having a thick skin; hence, not sensitive; dull; obtuse. Holland.
Thick-skulled adjective Having a thick skull; hence, dull; heavy; stupid; slow to learn.
Thick-winded adjective (Far.) Affected with thick wind.
Thickbill noun The bullfinch. [ Prov. Eng.]
Thicken transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Thickened
; present participle & verbal noun Thickening
.] To make thick (in any sense of the word).
Specifically: -- (a) To render dense; to inspissate; as, to thicken paint. (b) To make close; to fill up interstices in; as, to thicken cloth; to thicken ranks of trees or men. (c) To strengthen; to confirm.
And this may to thicken other proofs. Shak. (d) To make more frequent; as, to thicken blows.
Thicken intransitive verb To become thick.
"Thy luster thickens
when he shines by." Shak.
The press of people thickens to the court. Dryden.
The combat thickens , like the storm that flies. Dryden.
Thickening noun Something put into a liquid or mass to make it thicker.
[ Anglo-Saxon þiccet
. See Thick
] A wood or a collection of trees, shrubs, etc., closely set; as, a ram caught in a thicket . Gen. xxii. 13.
1. A thick-headed or stupid person. [ Colloq.] 2. (Zoology) Any one of several species of Australian singing birds of the genus Pachycephala . The males of some of the species are bright-colored. Some of the species are popularly called thrushes .
Thickish adjective Somewhat thick.
Thickly adverb In a thick manner; deeply; closely.
Thickness noun [ Anglo-Saxon ...icnes .] The quality or state of being thick (in any of the senses of the adjective).
1. Close planted; as, a thickset wood; a thickset hedge. Dryden. 2. Having a short, thick body; stout.
1. A close or thick hedge. 2. A stout, twilled cotton cloth; a fustian corduroy, or velveteen. McElrath.
Thickskin noun A coarse, gross person; a person void of sensibility or sinsitiveness; a dullard.
Thickskull noun A dullard, or dull person; a blockhead; a numskull. Entick.
Thider adverb Thither. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Thiderward adverb Thitherward. [ Obsolete]
; plural Thieves
(thēvz). [ Middle English thef
, Anglo-Saxon þeóf
; akin to OFries. thiaf
, Old Saxon theof
, Dutch dief
, German dieb
, Old High German diob
, Icelandic þjōfr
, Swedish tjuf
, Danish tyv
, Goth. þiufs
, and perhaps to Lithuanian tupeti
to squat or crouch down. Confer Theft
.] 1. One who steals; one who commits theft or larceny. See Theft .
There came a privy thief , men clepeth death. Chaucer.
Where thieves break through and steal. Matt. vi. 19. 2. A waster in the snuff of a candle. Bp. Hall. Thief catcher
. Same as Thief taker .
-- Thief leader
, one who leads or takes away a thief. L'Estrange.
-- Thief taker
, one whose business is to find and capture thieves and bring them to justice.
-- Thief tube
, a tube for withdrawing a sample of a liquid from a cask.
-- Thieves' vinegar
, a kind of aromatic vinegar for the sick room, taking its name from the story that thieves, by using it, were enabled to plunder, with impunity to health, in the great plague at London.
[ Eng.] Syn.
-- Robber; pilferer. -- Thief
. A thief
takes our property by stealth; a robber
attacks us openly, and strips us by main force.
Take heed, have open eye, for thieves do foot by night. Shak.
Some roving robber calling to his fellows. Milton.
Thiefly adjective & adverb Like a thief; thievish; thievishly. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Thiënone noun [ Thiën yl + ket one .] (Chemistry) A ketone derivative of thiophene obtained as a white crystalline substance, (C 4 H 3 S) 2 .CO, by the action of aluminium chloride and carbonyl chloride on thiophene.
Thiënyl noun [ Thi oph ene + -yl .] (Chemistry) The hypothetical radical C 4 H 3 S, regarded as the essential residue of thiophene and certain of its derivatives.
Thieve transitive verb & i.
[ imperfect & past participle Thieved
; present participle & verbal noun Thieving
.] [ Anglo-Saxon ge þeófian
.] To practice theft; to steal.
Thievery noun 1. The practice of stealing; theft; thievishness.
Among the Spartans, thievery was a practice morally good and honest. South. 2. That which is stolen.
[ Obsolete] Shak.
Thievish adjective 1. Given to stealing; addicted to theft; as, a thievish boy, a thievish magpie. 2. Like a thief; acting by stealth; sly; secret.
Time's thievish progress to eternity. Shak. 3. Partaking of the nature of theft; accomplished by stealing; dishonest; as, a thievish practice.
Or with a base and biosterous sword enforce Shak.
A thievish living on the common road.
[ Middle English thi
, Anglo-Saxon þeóh
; akin to OFries. thiach
, Dutch dij
, Old High German dioh
, Icelandic þjō
thigh, rump, and probably to Lithuanian taukas
fat of animals, tukti
to become fat, Russian tuke
fat of animals. √56.] 1. (Anat.) The proximal segment of the hind limb between the knee and the trunk. See Femur . 2. (Zoology) The coxa, or femur, of an insect. Thigh bone (Anat.)
, the femur.
Thigmotactic adjective (Physiol.) Of or pertaining to thigmotaxis.
Thigmotaxis noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... touch + ... an arranging.] (Physiol.) The property possessed by living protoplasm of contracting, and thus moving, when touched by a solid or fluid substance. » When the movement is away from the touching body, it is negative thigmotaxis ; when towards it, positive thigmotaxis .
[ Confer Ilk
same.] That same; this; that.
[ Obsolete] "I love thilk
Thou spake right now of thilke traitor death. Chaucer.
[ Middle English thille
, Anglo-Saxon ...ille
a board, plank, beam, thill; akin to ...el
a plank, Dutch deel
a plank, floor, German diele
, Old High German dili
, Icelandic ...ilja
a plank, planking, a thwart, ...ili
a wainscot, plank; confer Sanskrit tala
a level surface. √236. Confer Fill
a thill, Deal
a plank.] 1. One of the two long pieces of wood, extending before a vehicle, between which a horse is hitched; a shaft. 2. (Mining) The floor of a coal mine. Raymond. Thill coupling
, a device for connecting the thill of a vehicle to the axle.
Thiller noun The horse which goes between the thills, or shafts, and supports them; also, the last horse in a team; -- called also thill horse .
[ Middle English thimbil
, Anglo-Saxon ......mel
, from ......ma
a thumb. √56. See Thumb
.] 1. A kind of cap or cover, or sometimes a broad ring, for the end of the finger, used in sewing to protect the finger when pushing the needle through the material. It is usually made of metal, and has upon the outer surface numerous small pits to catch the head of the needle. 2. (Mech.) Any thimble-shaped appendage or fixure.
Specifically: -- (a) A tubular piece, generally a strut, through which a bolt or pin passes. (b) A fixed or movable ring, tube, or lining placed in a hole. (c) A tubular cone for expanding a flue; -- called ferrule in England. 3. (Nautical) A ring of thin metal formed with a grooved circumference so as to fit within an eye-spice, or the like, and protect it from chafing.
Thimbleberry noun (Botany) A kind of black raspberry ( Rubus occidentalis ), common in America.
Thimbleeye noun (Zoology) The chub mackerel. See under Chub .
; plural Thimblefuls As much as a thimble will hold; a very small quantity.
For a thimbleful of golf, a thimbleful of love. Dryden.
Thimblerig noun A sleight-of-hand trick played with three small cups, shaped like thimbles, and a small ball or little pea.
Thimblerig transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Thimblerigged
; present participle & verbal noun Thimblerigging
.] To swindle by means of small cups or thimbles, and a pea or small ball placed under one of them and quickly shifted to another, the victim laying a wager that he knows under which cup it is; hence, to cheat by any trick.
Thimblerigger noun One who cheats by thimblerigging, or tricks of legerdemain.
Thimbleweed noun (Botany) Any plant of the composite genus Rudbeckia , coarse herbs somewhat resembling the sunflower; -- so called from their conical receptacles.