thing

Use the noun thing to refer to something without naming it specifically. You might describe your sister's bizarre outfit by saying, "She was wearing this puffy orange thing around her waist and a tall, feathered thing on her head."

If you can't name something or don't want to for some reason, you can use the word thing instead. You can also use it to talk about an action, as in "You did the right thing when you got lost," or a quality, like "your favorite thing about parties is spending time with your friends." The phrase "do your thing," which is associated with the 1960s, was actually first used in the 1840s to mean "follow your particular predilection."

Primary Meanings of thing

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n
a separate and self-contained entity
2.
n
any attribute or quality considered as having its own existence
3.
n
a persistent illogical feeling of desire or aversion
Full Definitions of thing
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n a separate and self-contained entity

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Lake Mead
the largest reservoir in the United States; located in southeastern Nevada and northwestern Arizona and formed by the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River; the center of a recreational area
Lake Powell
the second largest reservoir in the United States; located in southern Utah and north central Arizona and formed by the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River
Lake Volta
the Volta river in southeastern has been dammed to create one of the world's largest man-made lakes
Canakkale Bogazi
the strait between the Aegean and the Sea of Marmara that separates European Turkey from Asian Turkey
East River
a tidal strait separating Manhattan and the Bronx from Queens and Brooklyn
Harlem River
a channel separating Manhattan from the Bronx
Bull Run
a creek in northeastern Virginia where two battles were fought in the American Civil War
Aare River
a river in north central Switzerland that runs northeast into the Rhine
Abukir Bay
a bay on the Mediterranean Sea in northern Egypt
River Acheron
(Greek mythology) a river in Hades across which the souls of the dead were carried by Charon
River Adige
a river in northern Italy that flows southeast into the Adriatic Sea
Adriatic Sea
an arm of the Mediterranean between Slovenia and Croatia and Montenegro and Albania on the east and Italy on the west
Aegean Sea
an arm of the Mediterranean between Greece and Turkey; a main trade route for the ancient civilizations of Crete and Greece and Rome and Persia
Aegospotamos
a creek emptying into the Hellespont in present-day Turkey; at its mouth in 405 BC the Spartan fleet under Lysander defeated the Athenians and ended the Peloponnesian War
Aire River
a river in northern England that flows southeast through West Yorkshire
Alabama River
a river in Alabama formed by the confluence of the Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers near Montgomery; flows southwestward to become a tributary of the Mobile River
Allegheny River
a river that rises in Pennsylvania and flows north into New York and then back south through Pennsylvania again to join the Monongahela River at Pittsburgh which is the beginning of the Ohio River
Amazon River
a major South American river; arises in the Andes and flows eastward into the South Atlantic; the world's 2nd longest river (4000 miles)
American Falls
a part of Niagara Falls in western New York (north of Buffalo)
Heilong Jiang
an Asian river between China and Russia; flows into the Sea of Okhotsk
Andaman Sea
part of the Bay of Bengal to the west of the Malay Peninsula
Upper Tunguska
a river in southeastern Siberia that flows northwest from Lake Baikal to become a tributary of the Yenisei River
Angel Falls
the highest waterfall; has more than one leap; flow varies seasonally
Antarctic Ocean
the southern waters surrounding Antarctica
Apalachicola River
a river in northwestern Florida formed by the confluence of the Chattahoochee River and the Flint River at the Florida border
Arabian Sea
a northwestern arm of the Indian Ocean between India and Arabia
Arafura Sea
a part of the western Pacific Ocean to the north of Australia and to the south of New Guinea and the eastern islands of Indonesia
Araguaia River
a river in central Brazil that flows generally northward (with many falls) to join the Tocantins River
Araxes
a river that rises in northeastern Turkey (near the source of the Euphrates) and flows generally eastward through Armenia to the Caspian Sea; ancient name was Araxes
Arauca
a river that rises in northern Colombia and flows generally eastward to the Orinoco in central Venezuela
Arctic Ocean
ice covered waters surrounding the North Pole; mostly covered with solid ice or with ice floes and icebergs
Argun River
a river in eastern Asia that arises in China and flows northeast along the border between China and Russia to become a tributary of the Amur River
Arkansas River
a river that rises in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and flows southeast through Kansas and Oklahoma and through Arkansas to become a tributary of the Mississippi River
Arno River
a river in central Italy rising in the Apennines and flowing through Florence and Pisa to the Ligurian Sea
Atlantic Ocean
the 2nd largest ocean; separates North and South America on the west from Europe and Africa on the east
Upper Avon River
a river in central England that flows through Stratford-on-Avon and empties into the Severn
River Avon
a river in southwestern England rising in Gloucestershire and flowing through Bristol to empty into the estuary of the Severn
Baffin Bay
a body of water between Greenland and northeastern Canada; connected with the Arctic Ocean to the north and with the Atlantic Ocean (via the Labrador Sea) to the south; icebound in winter
Lake Balaton
a large shallow lake in western Hungary
Baltic Sea
a sea in northern Europe; stronghold of the Russian navy
Barents Sea
the part of the Arctic Ocean to the north of Norway and Russia
Bay of Bengal
an arm of the Indian Ocean to the east of India
Bay of Biscay
an arm of the Atlantic Ocean in western Europe; bordered by the west coast of France and the north coast of Spain
Bay of Fundy
a bay of the North Atlantic between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia; noted for rapid tides as great as 70 feet
Bay of Naples
an arm of the Tyrrhenian Sea at Naples
Beaufort Sea
part of the Arctic Ocean to the northeast of Alaska
Bering Sea
part of the North Pacific between Alaska and Siberia; connected to the Arctic Ocean by the Bering Strait
Bering Strait
a strait connecting the Bering Sea to the Arctic Ocean
Bighorn River
a river that flows from central Wyoming to the Yellowstone River in southern Montana
Bight of Benin
a broad indentation of the Gulf of Guinea in western Africa
Big Sioux River
a river that rises in northeastern South Dakota and flows southward to join the Missouri River at Sioux City, Iowa
Biscayne Bay
a narrow bay formed by an inlet from the Atlantic Ocean in southeastern Florida
Bismarck Sea
an arm of the South Pacific to the southwest of the Bismarck Archipelago
Euxine Sea
a sea between Europe and Asia; a popular resort area of eastern Europeans
Blue Nile
a headstream of the Nile; joins the White Nile at Khartoum to form the Nile
Bo Hai
an inlet of the Yellow Sea, on the coast of Eastern China
Bosporus
a strait connecting the Mediterranean and the Black Sea; separates the European and Asian parts of Turkey; an important shipping route
Brahmaputra River
an Asian river; flows into the Bay of Bengal
Brazos River
a river that rises in Mexico and flows across Texas into the Gulf of Mexico
Bristol Channel
an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean between southern Wales and southwestern England
Buzzards Bay
an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in southeastern Massachusetts
Caloosahatchee River
a river in southern Florida that flows westerly to the Gulf of Mexico; forms the western end of the Cross-Florida Waterway
Cam River
a river in east central England that flows past Cambridge to join the Ouse River
Canadian River
a river rising in northeastern New Mexico and flowing eastward across the Texas panhandle to become a tributary of the Arkansas River in Oklahoma
Horseshoe Falls
a part of Niagara Falls in Ontario
Canandaigua Lake
a glacial lake in central New York; one of the Finger Lakes
Cape Cod Bay
the southern part of Massachusetts Bay
Cape Fear River
a river in North Carolina that flows southeast to the Atlantic Ocean at Cape Fear
Caribbean Sea
an arm of the Atlantic Ocean between North and South America; the origin of the Gulf stream
Caspian Sea
a large saltwater lake between Iran and Russia fed by the Volga River; the largest inland body of water in the world
Cayuga Lake
a glacial lake in central New York; the longest of the Finger Lakes
Chao Phraya
a river in Thailand formed by the confluence of the Nan and Ping Rivers; flows southward past Bangkok and empties into the Gulf of Thailand
Charles River
a river in eastern Massachusetts that empties into Boston Harbor and that separates Cambridge from Boston
Chattahoochee River
a river rising in northern Georgia and flowing southwest and south to join the Flint River at the Florida border where they form the Apalachicola River
Lake Baikal
the largest freshwater lake in Asia or Europe and the deepest lake in the world
Lake Chelan
a narrow very deep lake in central Washington in the Cascade Range
Coeur d'Alene Lake
a lake in northern Idaho
Lake Tahoe
a lake on the border between Nevada and California to the west of Carson City; a popular resort area
Chesapeake Bay
a large inlet of the North Atlantic between Virginia and Maryland; fed by Susquehanna River
Chukchi Sea
part of the Arctic Ocean just to the north of the Bering Strait
Cimarron River
a river that rises in northeastern New Mexico and flows eastward into Oklahoma where it becomes a tributary of the Arkansas River
Clinch River
a river that rises in southwestern Virginia and flows generally southwestward across eastern Tennessee to the Tennessee River
Clyde
a river in western Scotland that flows from the southern uplands into the Firth of Clyde; navigable by oceangoing vessels as far as Glasgow
River Cocytus
(Greek mythology) a river in Hades that was said to be a tributary of the Acheron
Colorado River
an important river in the southwestern United States; rises in the Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado and flows southwest through Utah into Arizona (where it flows through the Grand Canyon) and then southward through the southern tip of Nevada, then forming the border between California and Arizona and finally into Mexico where it empties into the Gulf of California; the main source of water in the southwestern United States
Colorado River
a river in Texas; flows southeast into the Gulf of Mexico
Columbia River
a North American river; rises in southwestern Canada and flows southward across Washington to form the border between Washington and Oregon before emptying into the Pacific; known for its salmon runs in the spring
Congo River
a major African river (one of the world's longest); flows through Congo into the South Atlantic
Connecticut River
a river in the northeastern United States; flows south from northern New Hampshire along the border between New Hampshire and Vermont and through Massachusetts and Connecticut where it empties into Long Island Sound
Lake Constance
a lake in southeastern Germany on the northern side of the Swiss Alps; forms part of the Rhine River
Cook Strait
a narrow strait separating the North Island and South Island in New Zealand
Coosa River
river that rises in northwestern Georgia and flows southwest through eastern Alabama to join the Tallapoosa River near Montgomery and form the Alabama River
Coral Sea
an arm of the South Pacific to the northeast of Australia
Cross-Florida Waterway
a waterway used by small boats to travel between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico through Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee_Canal and the Caloosahatchee River
Cumberland River
a river that rises in southeastern Kentucky and flows westward through northern Tennessee to become a tributary of the Ohio River in southwestern Kentucky
Cuquenan Falls
a famous waterfall in Venezuela
Danube River
the 2nd longest European river (after the Volga); flows from southwestern Germany to the Black Sea
Darling River
an Australian river; tributary of the Murray River
Dead Sea
a saltwater lake on the border between Israel and Jordan; its surface in 1292 feet below sea level
Delaware River
a river that rises in the Catskills in southeastern New York and flows southward along the border of Pennsylvania with New York and New Jersey to northern Delaware where it empties into Delaware Bay
Delaware Bay
an inlet of the North Atlantic; fed by the Delaware River
Demerara
a river in northern Guyana that flows northward into the Atlantic
Detroit River
a short river flowing from Lake St. Clair to Lake Erie along the border between the United States and Canada; one the busiest inland waterways in the world
Dnieper River
a river that rises in Russia near Smolensk and flowing south through Belarus and Ukraine to empty into the Black Sea
Don River
a European river in southwestern Russia; flows into the Sea of Azov
East China Sea
part of the Pacific Ocean near eastern Asia
Ebro River
a river in northeastern Spain; flows into the Mediterranean
Elbe River
a river in central Europe that arises in northwestern Czechoslovakia and flows northward through Germany to empty into the North Sea
Elizabeth River
a short river in southeastern Virginia flowing between Norfolk and Portsmouth into Hampton Roads
English Channel
an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that forms a channel between France and Britain
Euphrates River
a river in southwestern Asia; flows into the Persian Gulf; was important in the development of several great civilizations in ancient Mesopotamia
Lake Eyre
a shallow salt lake in south central Australia about 35 feet below sea level; the largest lake in the country and the lowest point on the continent
Firth of Clyde
a firth on the southwestern coast of Scotland emptying into the North Channel
Firth of Forth
a large firth on the east coast of Scotland and the estuary of the Forth River; location of Edinburgh
Flint River
a river in western Georgia that flows generally south to join the Chattahoochee River at the Florida border where they form the Apalachicola River
Forth River
a river in southern Scotland that flows eastward to the Firth of Forth
Fox River
a river in Wisconsin that flows into Lake Michigan
Galveston Bay
an arm of the Gulf of Mexico in Texas to the south of Houston
Galway Bay
a bay of the North Atlantic on the west coast of Ireland
Ganges River
an Asian river; rises in the Himalayas and flows east into the Bay of Bengal; a sacred river of the Hindus
Gan Jiang
a river in southeastern China that flows generally north into the Chang Jiang to the north of Nanchang
Garonne River
a river that rises in the Pyrenees and flows northwest to the Bay of Biscay
Gila River
a river that rises in western New Mexico and flows westward through southern Arizona to become a tributary of the Colorado River
Golden Gate
a strait in western California that connects the San Francisco Bay with the Pacific Ocean; discovered in 1579 by Sir Francis Drake
Grand River
a river in southern Michigan that flows northwest to empty into Lake Michigan
Great Australian Bight
a wide bay of the Indian Ocean in southern Australia; notorious for storms
Great Salt Lake
a shallow body of salt water in northwestern Utah
Great Slave Lake
a lake in the Northwest Territories in northwestern Canada; drained by the Mackenzie River
Green River
a river that rises in western Wyoming and flows southward through Utah to become a tributary of the Colorado River
Greenland Sea
part of the Arctic Ocean to the north of Iceland
Gulf of Aden
arm of the Indian Ocean at the entrance to the Red Sea
Gulf of Alaska
a gulf of the Pacific Ocean between the Alaska Peninsula and the Alexander Archipelago
Gulf of Antalya
a gulf of the Mediterranean Sea in southwestern Turkey
Gulf of Akaba
a northeastern arm of the Red Sea; between the Sinai Peninsula (Egypt) and Saudi Arabia
Gulf of Bothnia
a northern arm of the Baltic Sea; between Sweden and Finland
Gulf of California
a gulf to the west of the mainland of Mexico
Golfo de Campeche
a part of the Gulf of Mexico to the west of Yucatan
Gulf of Carpentaria
a wide shallow inlet of the Arafura Sea in northern Australia
Gulf of Corinth
inlet of the Ionian Sea between central Greece and the Peloponnesus
Gulf of Finland
an eastern arm of the Baltic Sea; between Finland and Estonia
Gulf of Guinea
a gulf off the southwest coast of Africa
Gulf of Martaban
an arm of the Andaman Sea off southern Myanmar
Golfo de Mexico
an arm of the Atlantic to the south of the United States and to the east of Mexico
Gulf of Ob
an inlet of the Kara Sea in western Siberia
Gulf of Oman
an arm of the Arabian Sea connecting it with the Persian Gulf
Gulf of Riga
an inlet of the Baltic Sea between Latvia and Estonia
Gulf of Saint Lawrence
an arm of the northwest Atlantic Ocean off the southeastern coast of Canada
Gulf of Sidra
wide inlet of the Mediterranean Sea on the north coast of Libya
Gulf of Suez
a northwestern arm of the Red Sea linked to the Mediterranean by the Suez Canal
Gulf of Tehuantepec
an arm of the Pacific in southern Mexico
Gulf of Thailand
an arm of the South China Sea between Indochina and the Malay Peninsula
Gulf of Venice
an arm of the Adriatic Sea
Hampton Roads
a channel in southeastern Virginia through which the Elizabeth River and the James River flow into Chesapeake Bay
Hangzhou Bay
a bay formed by an inlet of the East China Sea
Housatonic River
a river that rises in western Massachusetts and flows south through Connecticut to empty into Long Island Sound
Yellow River
a major river of Asia in northern China; flows generally eastward into the Yellow Sea; carries large quantities of yellow silt to its delta
Hudson River
a New York river; flows southward into New York Bay; explored by Henry Hudson early in the 17th century
Hudson Bay
an inland sea in northern Canada
Humber
an estuary in central northeastern England formed by the Ouse River and the Trent River
Victoria Falls
a large waterfall on the border between Argentina and Brazil
IJssel river
a river in the central Netherlands flowing north to the IJsselmeer
IJsselmeer
a shallow lake in northwestern Netherlands created in 1932 by building a dam across the entrance to the Zuider Zee
Illinois River
a river in Illinois that flows southwest to the Mississippi River
Indian Ocean
the 3rd largest ocean; bounded by Africa on the west, Asia on the north, Australia on the east and merging with the Antarctic Ocean to the south
Indigirka River
a river in far eastern Siberia that flows generally northward to the Arctic Ocean
Indus River
an Asian river that rises in Tibet and flows through northern India and then southwest through Kashmir and Pakistan to the Arabian Sea
Inland Passage
a naturally protected waterway from Seattle to Skagway in southeastern Alaska
Inland Sea
an arm of the Pacific Ocean in southern Japan; surrounded by the islands of Honshu and Shikoku and Kyushu and linked to the Sea of Japan by a narrow channel; the chief port is Hiroshima
Ionian Sea
an arm of the Mediterranean Sea between western Greece and southern Italy
Irish Sea
an arm of the North Atlantic between Great Britain and Ireland
Irrawaddy River
the main river of Myanmar rising in the north and flowing south through the length of Burma to empty into the Andaman Sea
Irtish River
an Asian river that rises in the Altai Mountains in northern China and flows generally northwest to become a tributary of the Ob River
Isere River
a river in southeastern France; a tributary of the Rhone
James River
a river that rises in North Dakota and flows southward across South Dakota to the Missouri
James River
a river in Virginia that flows east into Chesapeake Bay at Hampton Roads
James Bay
the southern extension of Hudson Bay in Canada between western Quebec and northeastern Ontario
Jordan River
a river in Palestine that empties into the Dead Sea; John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan
Kanawha River
a tributary of the Ohio River in West Virginia
Kansas River
a river in northeastern Kansas; flows eastward to become a tributary of the Missouri River
Kara Sea
part of the Arctic Ocean to the north of Siberia and to the east of the Barents Sea; icebound most of the year
Kasai River
a river of southwestern Africa that rises in central Angola and flows east and then north (forming part of the border between Angola and Congo) and continuing northwest through Congo to empty into the Congo River on the border between Congo and Republic of the Congo
Kattegatt
a strait of the North Sea between Jutland and Sweden; connects with the North Sea through the Skagerrak
Keuka Lake
a glacial lake in central New York; one of the Finger Lakes
Kissimmee River
a river of central Florida that flows southward to Lake Okeechobee
Lake Kivu
a lake in the mountains of central Africa between Congo and Rwanda
Klamath River
a river flowing southwest from Oregon through northern California to the Pacific Ocean
Korea Bay
an inlet of the Yellow Sea between the Liaodong Peninsula in China and western Korea
Korean Strait
a strait between Korea and Japan; connects the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan
Kura River
a river in western Asia; rises in northeast Turkey and flows to the Caspian Sea
Labrador Sea
an arm of the northern Atlantic between Labrador and southern Greenland
Lake Albert Nyanza
a shallow lake on the border between Uganda and Congo in the Great Rift Valley
Lake Aral
a lake to the east of the Caspian Sea lying between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
Lake Chad
a lake in north central Africa; fed by the Shari river
Lake Champlain
a lake in northeastern New York, northwestern Vermont and southern Quebec; site of many battles in the French and Indian War and in the American Revolution and in the War of 1812
Lake Edward
a lake in the Great Rift Valley between Congo and Uganda
Lake Erie
the 4th largest of the Great Lakes; it is linked to the Hudson River by the New York State Barge Canal
Lake Geneva
a lake between southwestern Switzerland and France that is crossed from east to west by the Rhone
Lake Huron
the 2nd largest of the Great Lakes
Lake Ilmen
a lake in northwestern Russia; drains through the Volkhov River into Lake Ladoga
Lake Ladoga
a lake in northwestern Russia to the north of St. Petersburg; the largest lake in Europe; drains through the Neva River into the Gulf of Finland
Lake Michigan
the 3rd largest of the Great Lakes; the largest freshwater lake entirely within the United States borders
Lake Nasser
lake in Egypt formed by dams built on the Nile River at Aswan
Lake Malawi
a long lake in southeastern Africa between Tanzania, Mozambique, and Malawi
Lake Onega
lake in northwestern Russia near the border with Finland; second largest lake in Europe
Lake Ontario
the smallest of the Great Lakes
Lake Saint Clair
a lake between Ontario and Michigan; connected with Lake Huron and Lake Erie
Lake Superior
the largest freshwater lake in the world; the deepest of the Great Lakes
Lake Tsana
a lake in northern Ethiopia; the largest lake in Ethiopia and the source of the Blue Nile
Lake Tanganyika
the longest lake in the world in central Africa between Tanzania and Congo in the Great Rift Valley
Daryacheh-ye Orumiyeh
a shallow saline lake in northwestern Iran between Tabriz and the western border of Turkey
Lake Vanern
a lake in southwestern Sweden; the largest lake in Sweden
Victoria Nyanza
the largest lake in Africa and the 2nd largest fresh water lake in the world; a headwaters reservoir for the Nile River
Laptev Sea
part of the Arctic Ocean to the north of Siberia (between the Taimyr Peninsula and the New Siberian Islands) that is icebound most of the year
Lehigh River
a river in eastern Pennsylvania that flows southeast into the Delaware River
Lena River
a Russian river in Siberia; flows northward into the Laptev Sea
River Lethe
(Greek mythology) a river in Hades; the souls of the dead had to drink from it, which made them forget all they had done and suffered when they were alive
Ligurian Sea
an arm of the Mediterranean between northwest Italy and Corsica
Crocodile River
an African river; flows into the Indian Ocean
Little Bighorn River
a river that flows from northern Wyoming into the Bighorn River in southern Montana; site of Custer's Last Stand
Little Missouri River
a river that rises in northeastern Wyoming and flows through Montana and South Dakota to join the Missouri River in North Dakota
Little Sioux River
a river that rises in southwestern Minnesota and flows southwestward to the Missouri River in western Iowa
Little Wabash River
a river in eastern Illinois that flows southeastward to the Wabash River
Loch Achray
a lake in central Scotland
Loch Linnhe
an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean on the western coast of Scotland
Loch Ness
a lake in the Scottish highlands; the largest body of fresh water in Great Britain
Loire River
the longest French river; rises in the Massif Central and flows north and west to the Atlantic Ocean
Long Island Sound
a sound between Long Island and Connecticut
Mackenzie River
a Canadian river; flows into the Beaufort Sea
Madeira River
a Brazilian river; tributary of the Amazon River
Magdalena River
a river that rises in the Andes mountains in southwestern Colombia and flows generally northward to empty into the Caribbean Sea at Barranquilla
Marmara Denizi
an inland sea in northwestern Turkey; linked to the Black Sea by the Bosporus and linked to the Aegean by the Dardanelles
Massachusetts Bay
an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean off of eastern Massachusetts extending from Cape Ann on the north to Cape Cod on the south
Mediterranean Sea
the largest inland sea; between Europe and Africa and Asia
Mekong River
an Asian river; flows through a large delta in southern Vietnam into the South China Sea
Menai Strait
a strait in northern Wales between Anglesey Island and the mainland
Merrimack River
a river that rises in south central New Hampshire and flows through Concord and Manchester into Massachusetts and empties into the Atlantic Ocean
Meuse River
a European river; flows into the North Sea
Milk River
a river that rises in the Rockies in northwestern Montana and flows eastward to become a tributary of the Missouri River
Minamata Bay
a bay on the west coast of Kyushu; in the 1950s industrial wastes caused mercury poisoning among the Japanese people who ate fish from Minamata Bay
Mississippi River
a major North American river and the chief river of the United States; rises in northern Minnesota and flows southward into the Gulf of Mexico
Missouri River
the longest river in the United States; arises in Montana and flows southeastward to become a tributary of the Mississippi at Saint Louis
Mobile River
a river in southwestern Alabama; flows into Mobile Bay
Mobile Bay
a bay of the Gulf of Mexico; fed by the Mobile River
Mohawk River
a river of central New York that flows southeastward to the Hudson River
Monongahela River
a river that rises in northern West Virginia and flows north into Pennsylvania where it joins the Allegheny River at Pittsburgh to form the Ohio River
Monterey Bay
an inlet of the Pacific Ocean in western California
Moray Firth
an inlet of the North Sea on the northeast coast of Scotland
Moreau River
a river that rises in western South Dakota and flows eastward to the Missouri River
Moreton Bay
an arm of the Tasman Sea forming a bay to the east of Brisbane
Mozambique Channel
an arm of the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and southeastern Africa
Murray River
a southeast Australian river; flows westward and then south into the Indian Ocean at Adelaide
Murrumbidgee River
a river of southeastern Australia; flows westward into the Murray River
Namoi River
a river in southeastern Australia that flows generally northwest to join the Darling River
Nan River
a river of western Thailand flowing southward to join the Ping River to form the Chao Phraya
Narragansett Bay
a deep inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in Rhode Island
Neckar River
a river in Germany; rises in the Black Forest and flows north into the Rhine
Neosho River
a river that rises in eastern Kansas and flows eastward into Oklahoma to become a tributary of the Arkansas River
Neva River
a river in northwestern Russia flowing generally west into the Gulf of Finland
New River
a river in the southeastern United States that flows northward from North Carolina to West Virginia where it empties into the Kanawha River
New York Bay
a bay of the North Atlantic; fed by the Hudson River
Niagara River
a river flowing from Lake Erie into Lake Ontario; forms boundary between Ontario and New York
Niagara Falls
waterfall in Canada is the Horseshoe Falls; in the United States it is the American Falls
Niger River
an African river; flows into the South Atlantic
Nile River
the world's longest river (4150 miles); flows northward through eastern Africa into the Mediterranean; the Nile River valley in Egypt was the site of the world's first great civilization
Niobrara River
a tributary of the Missouri River
North Atlantic
that part of the Atlantic Ocean to the north of the equator
North Channel
a strait between Northern Ireland and Scotland that connects the Atlantic Ocean and the Irish Sea
North Pacific
that part of the Pacific Ocean to the north of the equator
North Platte River
a river that rises in northern Colorado and flows northward into Wyoming and then eastward and southeastward through Nebraska where it joins the South Platte to form the Platte River
North Sea
an arm of the North Atlantic between the British Isles and Scandinavia; oil was discovered under the North Sea in 1970
Norwegian Sea
the part of the Atlantic that lies off the Norwegian coast to the north of the North Sea
Ob River
a major river of western Siberia; flows generally northward and westward to the Gulf of Ob and the Kara Sea
Oder River
a European river; flows into the Baltic Sea
Ohio River
a river that is formed in western Pennsylvania and flows westward to become a tributary of the Mississippi River
Lake Okeechobee
a lake in southeast Florida to the north of the Everglades
Orange River
a river in South Africa that flows generally westward to the Atlantic Ocean
Orinoco River
a South American river 1,500 miles long; flows into the South Atlantic
Osage River
a river in Missouri that is a tributary of the Missouri River
Osaka Bay
a bay of the western Pacific in southern Honshu
Ottawa river
a river in southeastern Canada that flows along the boundary between Quebec and Ontario to the Saint Lawrence River near Montreal
Ouachita River
a river that rises in western Arkansas and flows southeast into eastern Louisiana to become a tributary of the Red River
Ouse River
a river in northeastern England that flows generally southeastward to join the Trent River and form the Humber
Pacific Ocean
the largest ocean in the world
Para River
an estuary in northern Brazil into which the Tocantins River flows
Parana River
a South American river; tributary of Rio de la Plata
Parnahiba
a river in northeastern Brazil that flows generally northward to the Atlantic Ocean
Paulo Afonso Falls
a major waterfall in northeastern Brazil
Pearl River
a river in Mississippi that flows southward to the Gulf of Mexico
Pecos River
a tributary of the Rio Grande that flows southeastward from New Mexico through western Texas
Pee Dee River
a river that flows through central North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina to the Atlantic Ocean
Penobscot River
a river in central Maine flowing into Penobscot Bay
Penobscot Bay
an inlet of the Atlantic in eastern Maine
Arabian Gulf
a shallow arm of the Arabian Sea between Iran and the Arabian peninsula; the Persian Gulf oil fields are among the most productive in the world
Ping River
a river in western Thailand; a major tributary of the Chao Phraya
Platte River
a river in Nebraska that flows eastward to become a tributary of the Missouri River
Po River
a European river; flows into the Adriatic Sea
Potomac River
a river in the east central United States; rises in West Virginia in the Appalachian Mountains and flows eastward, forming the boundary between Maryland and Virginia, to the Chesapeake Bay
Poyang
a lake in central China that is connected to the Chang Jiang by a canal
Prudhoe Bay
a bay on the northern coast of Alaska where oil was discovered in 1968
Puget Sound
an inlet of the North Pacific in northwestern Washington State
Purus River
a Brazilian river; tributary of the Amazon River
Queen Charlotte Sound
an inlet of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of British Columbia
Rappahannock River
a river that flows across eastern Virginia into the Tidewater region
Red River
a tributary of the Mississippi River that flows eastward from Texas along the southern boundary of Oklahoma and through Louisiana
Red Sea
a long arm of the Indian Ocean between northeast Africa and Arabia; linked to the Mediterranean at the north end by the Suez Canal
Republican River
a tributary of the Kansas River that flows from eastern Colorado eastward through Nebraska and Kansas
Rhine River
a major European river carrying more traffic than any other river in the world; flows into the North Sea
Rhone River
a major French river; flows into the Mediterranean near Marseilles
Rio de la Plata
an estuary between Argentina and Uruguay
Rio Grande
a North American river; boundary between the United States and Mexico; flows into Gulf of Mexico
Ross Sea
an arm of the southern Pacific Ocean in Antarctica
Ruhr River
a tributary of the Rhine
Russian River
a river in northern California
Saale River
a river that rises in central Germany and flows north to join the Elbe River
Sabine River
a river in eastern Texas that flows south into the Gulf of Mexico
Sacramento River
a river in northern California rising near Mount Shasta and flowing south to the San Francisco Bay
Saint Francis River
a tributary of the Mississippi River that rises in Missouri and flows southeastward through Arkansas
Saint John River
a river that rises in Maine and flows northeastward through New Brunswick to empty into the Bay of Fundy
Saint Johns River
a river in northeastern Florida that flows northward to Jacksonville and then eastward to empty into the Atlantic Ocean
Saint Lawrence River
a North American river; flows into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the North Atlantic
Salmon River
a tributary of the Snake River in Idaho
Salton Sea
a saltwater lake in southeastern California
Sambre River
a river in western Europe that rises in northern France and flows generally east into Belgium where it joins the Meuse at Namur
San Diego Bay
a bay of the Pacific in southern California
San Francisco Bay
a bay of the Pacific in western California
San Joaquin River
a river in central California that rises in the Sierra Nevada and flows northwest to form a large delta with the Sacramento River
Sao Francisco
a river in eastern Brazil flowing into the Atlantic Ocean
Saone River
a river in eastern France; rises in Lorraine and flows south to become the chief tributary of the Rhone
Sargasso Sea
a vast area of the North Atlantic from the West Indies to the Azores that is dense with gulfweed
Gulf of Aegina
a gulf of the Aegean on the southeastern coast of Greece
Savannah River
a river in South Carolina that flows southeast to the Atlantic
Scheldt River
a river that rises in France and flows northeast across Belgium and empties into the North Sea
Sea of Azoff
a bay of the Black Sea between Russia and the Ukraine
Sea of Japan
an arm of the Pacific between China and Japan
Sea of Okhotsk
an arm of the Pacific to the east of Asia
Seine River
a French river that flows through the heart of Paris and then northward into the English Channel
Lake Seneca
a glacial lake in central New York; the largest of the Finger Lakes
Guaira Falls
a great waterfall on the border between Brazil and Paraguay
River Severn
a river in England and Wales flowing into the Bristol Channel; the longest river in Great Britain
Severn River
a river in Ontario that flows northeast into Hudson Bay
Seyhan River
a Turkish river flowing south southwest into the Mediterranean
Chari River
an African river that flows northwest into Lake Chad
Shenandoah River
a river of northern Virginia that empties into the Potomac at Harpers Ferry
Skagerrak
a broad strait of the North Sea between Jutland and Norway
Snake River
a tributary of the Columbia River that rises in Wyoming and flows westward; discovered in 1805 by the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Solent
a strait of the English Channel between the coast of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
Solway Firth
a large firth on the west coast of Britain between England and Scotland
South Atlantic
that part of the Atlantic Ocean to the south of the equator
South China Sea
a tropical arm of the Pacific Ocean near southeastern Asia subject to frequent typhoons
South Pacific
that part of the Pacific Ocean to the south of the equator
South Platte River
a tributary of the Platte River
Strait of Georgia
the strait separating Vancouver Island from the Canadian mainland
Strait of Gibraltar
the strait between Spain and Africa
Strait of Hormuz
a strategically important strait linking the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman
Strait of Magellan
the strait separating South America from Tierra del Fuego and other islands to the south of the continent; discovered by Ferdinand Magellan in 1520; an important route around South America before the Panama Canal was built
Strait of Messina
the strait separating Sicily from the tip of Italy
Strait of Calais
the strait between the English Channel and the North Sea; shortest distance between England and the European continent
River Styx
(Greek mythology) a river in Hades across which Charon carried dead souls
Sun River
a river in western Montana that flows south and east to join the Missouri River
Suriname River
a river in Suriname that flows northward to the Atlantic
Susquehanna River
a river in the northeastern United States that rises in New York and flows southward through Pennsylvania and Maryland into Chesapeake Bay
Tagus River
a European river; flows into the North Atlantic
Takakkaw
a waterfall in southeastern British Columbia; the highest waterfall in Canada (1250 feet high)
Tallapoosa River
river that rises in northwestern Georgia and flows southwest through central Alabama to join the Coosa River near Montgomery and form the Alabama River
Tampa Bay
an arm of the Gulf of Mexico in west central Florida
Tasman Sea
an arm of the southern Pacific Ocean between southeastern Australia and New Zealand
Tennessee River
a river formed by the confluence of two other rivers near Knoxville; it follows a U-shaped course to become a tributary of the Ohio River in western Kentucky
River Thames
the longest river in England; flows eastward through London to the North Sea
Tevere
a river of central Italy; flows through Rome to the Tyrrhenian Sea
Tigris River
an Asian river; a tributary of the Euphrates River
Timor Sea
an arm of the eastern Indian Ocean between Timor and northern Australia
Tocantins River
a river in eastern Brazil that flows generally north to the Para River
Tombigbee River
a river that rises in northeastern Mississippi and flows southward through western Alabama to join the Alabama River and form the Mobile River
Torres Strait
a strait between northeastern Australia and southern New Guinea that connects the Coral Sea with the Arafura Sea
River Trent
a river in central England that flows generally northeastward to join with the Ouse River and form the Humber
Trinity River
a river in eastern Texas that is formed near Dallas and flows generally southeastward to Galveston Bay
Trondheim Fiord
a long narrow inlet of the Norwegian Sea
Tugela Falls
a major waterfall in southern Africa; has more than one leap
Lower Tunguska
a river that arises to the north of Lake Baikal and flows north and west to the Yenisei River
Stony Tunguska
a river in Siberia that flows northwest to become a tributary of the Yenisei River
Twin Falls
a waterfall in the Snake River in southern Idaho
River Tyne
a river in northern England that flows east to the North Sea
Tyrrhenian Sea
an arm of the Mediterranean between Italy and the islands of Corsica and Sardinia and Sicily
United States waters
territorial waters included within a distance of 12 nautical miles of the coasts of the United States and its territories
Urubupunga Falls
a waterfall in the Parana river in Brazil
Uruguay River
a South American river that arises in southern Brazil and flows south to the Rio de la Plata; the northern section forms the boundary between Argentina and Brazil and the southern section forms the boundary between Argentina and Uruguay
Vetluga River
a river in central Russia; flows generally southward into the Volga
Victoria Falls
a waterfall in the Zambezi River on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia; diminishes seasonally
Vistula River
a European river; flows into the Baltic Sea
Volga River
a Russian river; the longest river in Europe; flows into the Caspian Sea
Volkhov River
a river in northwestern Russia flowing generally north into Lake Ladoga
Volta
a river in Ghana that flows south to the Bight of Benin
Wabash River
a tributary of the Ohio River that rises in western Ohio and flows southwestward across Indiana
Weddell Sea
an arm of the south Atlantic in Antarctica to the east of the Antarctic Peninsula
Weser River
a river in northwestern Germany that flows northward to the North Sea near Bremerhaven
White River
a tributary of the Mississippi River that flows southeastward through northern Arkansas and southern Missouri
White Nile
a headstream of the Nile; joins the Blue Nile at Khartoum to form the Nile
White Sea
a large inlet of the Barents Sea in the northwestern part of European Russia
Willamette River
a river in western Oregon that flows north into the Columbia River near Portland
Windward Passage
a channel between eastern Cuba and western Haiti that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Caribbean Sea
Lake Winnipeg
a lake in southern Canada in Manitoba
Wisconsin River
a tributary of the Mississippi River in Wisconsin
Yalu River
river in eastern Asia; rises in North Korea and flows southwest to Korea Bay (forming part of the border between North Korea and China)
Yangtze Kiang
the longest river of Asia; flows eastward from Tibet into the East China Sea near Shanghai
Yazoo River
a river that rises in west central Mississippi and flows southwest to empty into the Mississippi River above Vicksburg
Yellow Sea
part of the Pacific off the east coast of Asia
Yellowstone River
a tributary of the Missouri River that flows through the Yellowstone National Park
Yenisei River
a Russian river in Siberia; rises in mountains near the Mongolian border and flows generally northward into the Kara Sea
Yosemite Falls
a series of waterfalls in Yosemite National Park in California; is reduced to a trickle for part of each year
Yukon River
a North American river that flows westward from the Yukon Territory through central Alaska to the Bering Sea
Zambezi River
an African river; flows into the Indian Ocean
Canton River
a river in southeast China that flows into the South China Sea
Zuider Zee
a former inlet of the North Sea in the northern coast of the Netherlands; sealed off from the sea in 1932 by a dam that created the IJsselmeer
Verrazano Narrows
a narrow channel of water separating Staten Island and Brooklyn
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content, depicted object, subject
something (a person or object or scene) selected by an artist or photographer for graphic representation
body of water, water
the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean)
inessential, nonessential
anything that is not essential
essential, necessary, necessity, requirement, requisite
anything indispensable
part, piece
a portion of a natural object
reservoir, source
anything (a person or animal or plant or substance) in which an infectious agent normally lives and multiplies
building block, unit
a single undivided natural thing occurring in the composition of something else
variable
something that is likely to vary; something that is subject to variation
body part
any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
corpus
the main part of an organ or other bodily structure
acicula
a needlelike part or structure of a plant or animal or crystal; as a spine or bristle or crystal
adjunct
something added to another thing but not an essential part of it
backwater
a body of water that was created by a flood or tide or by being held or forced back by a dam
base
the bottom or lowest part
bay, embayment
an indentation of a shoreline larger than a cove but smaller than a gulf
chain, chemical chain
(chemistry) a series of linked atoms (generally in an organic molecule)
channel
a deep and relatively narrow body of water (as in a river or a harbor or a strait linking two larger bodies) that allows the best passage for vessels
corner
a projecting part where two sides or edges meet
couple
(physics) something joined by two equal and opposite forces that act along parallel lines
craton
the part of a continent that is stable and forms the central mass of the continent; typically Precambrian
cutting
a piece cut off from the main part of something
desideratum
something desired as a necessity
drink
any large deep body of water
estuary
the wide part of a river where it nears the sea; fresh and salt water mix
flowage
a body of water that has been created by deliberately flooding an area
crossing, ford
a shallow area in a stream that can be forded
fragment
a piece broken off or cut off of something else
gulf
an arm of a sea or ocean partly enclosed by land; larger than a bay
high sea, international waters
the open seas of the world outside the territorial waters of any nation
hunk, lump
a large piece of something without definite shape
inlet, recess
an arm off of a larger body of water (often between rocky headlands)
lake
a body of (usually fresh) water surrounded by land
briny, main
any very large body of (salt) water
mid-water
the water that is well below the surface but also well above the bottom
must
a necessary or essential thing
need, want
anything that is necessary but lacking
nub, stub
a small piece
ocean
a large body of water constituting a principal part of the hydrosphere
offing
the part of the sea that can be seen from the shore and is beyond the anchoring area
polynya
a stretch of open water surrounded by ice (especially in Arctic seas)
pool, puddle
a small body of standing water (rainwater) or other liquid
sea
a division of an ocean or a large body of salt water partially enclosed by land
segment
one of the parts into which something naturally divides
seven seas
an informal expression for all of the oceans of the world
shallow, shoal
a stretch of shallow water
slice
a thin flat piece cut off of some object
sound
a large ocean inlet or deep bay
stream, watercourse
a natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth
strip
a relatively long narrow piece of something
territorial waters
the waters surrounding a nation and its territories over which that nation exercises sovereign jurisdiction
unit cell
the smallest group of atoms or molecules whose repetition at regular intervals in three dimensions produces the lattices of a crystal
falls, waterfall
a steep descent of the water of a river
waterway
a navigable body of water
world
a part of the earth that can be considered separately
chemical group, group, radical
(chemistry) two or more atoms bound together as a single unit and forming part of a molecule
molecule
(physics and chemistry) the simplest structural unit of an element or compound
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physical entity
an entity that has physical existence

n an entity that is not named specifically

“I couldn't tell what the thing was”
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change
a thing that is different
freshener
anything that freshens
horror
something that inspires dislike; something horrible
crackerjack, jimdandy, jimhickey
something excellent of its kind
pacifier
anything that serves to pacify
security blanket
anything that an adult person uses to reduce anxiety
stinker
anything that gives off an offensive odor (especially a cheap cigar)
whacker, whopper
something especially big or impressive of its kind
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entity
that which is perceived or known or inferred to have its own distinct existence (living or nonliving)

n an artifact

“how does this thing work?”
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flagship
the chief one of a related group
pill
something that resembles a tablet of medicine in shape or size
snorter
something that is extraordinary or remarkable or prominent
standby
something that can be relied on when needed
variation
an artifact that deviates from a norm or standard
wobbler
something that wobbles
bastard, mongrel
derogatory term for a variation that is not genuine; something irregular or inferior or of dubious origin
vitamin pill
a pill containing one or more vitamins; taken as a dietary supplement
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artefact, artifact
a man-made object taken as a whole
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n any attribute or quality considered as having its own existence

“the thing I like about her is ...”
Type of:
attribute
an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity

n an event

“a funny thing happened on the way to the...”
Types:
feast
something experienced with great delight
Type of:
happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
an event that happens

n an action

“how could you do such a thing?”
Type of:
action
something done (usually as opposed to something said)

n a special situation

“this thing has got to end”
“it is a remarkable thing
Type of:
situation, state of affairs
the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time

n a special abstraction

“a thing of the spirit”
things of the heart”
Type of:
abstract, abstraction
a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

n a vaguely specified concern

things are going well”
Synonyms:
affair, matter
Types:
least
something that is of no importance
Type of:
concern
something that interests you because it is important or affects you

n a statement regarded as an object

“to say the same thing in other terms”
“how can you say such a thing?”
Type of:
statement
a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc
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n a persistent illogical feeling of desire or aversion

“he has a thing about seafood”
“she has a thing about him”
Type of:
feeling
the experiencing of affective and emotional states

n a special objective

“the thing is to stay in bounds”
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aim, object, objective, target
the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)

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