An object, concept, title, name, or comic book hero. Many uses of, and for this word.
Object: What's that thing on Led Zeppelin's Presence album cover.
Concept: Did you come up with any thing at all?
Title: THE THING--coming to a theater near you!
Name: Ted Cassidy played Thing on the Addams Family.
Comic book hero: The Thing is here to save us from doom!!
Ever see that cheeseburger car the Volkswagen Thing?
Not in person thank God!