Definitions

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  • n. The quality of a material thing; objectivity; actuality; reality.

Etymologies

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thing +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Caressing the beloved album may still occur in collectors 'circles, but overall, people are loving the music, not the "thingness" of the tangible album.

    Shana Ting Lipton: The New Value of a Buck

  • He thought of him as simply putting down the 'thingness' of things.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • Its size, its screen, its general "thingness" were all appealing.

    Sony Reader Is a Work in Progress (Wired)

  • Papert prefers the down to earth word "thingness" to the academic word "reification"

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • Three quick blips for you this week - Glenn's appearance on the TechFlash podcast, a thought-provoking essay on the move away from "thingness," and some hard numbers on whether it's faster or slower to read on a device like an iPad or Kindle.

    TidBITS: Apple News for the Rest of Us

  • -- Blogger Mike Cane has a thought-provoking post about the move away from "thingness," whether you're talking about physical or electronic objects.

    TidBITS: Apple News for the Rest of Us

  • A 'spime' should also encompass relationships between things, and not just the "thingness" itself. (b) the sound of it (as Adam noted above).

    UgoTrade

  • They have been wiped clean of "thingness" (as the writer

    NYT > Home Page

  • Elkins savors the perception of the "betweenness" of objects rather than their "thingness."

    Brian D. Cohen: Things

  • On very rare occasions, I ponder more difficult tasks, such as answering Martin Heidegger's question: What is the thingness of a thing?

    Archive 2009-01-01

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