NOTE: the general process of thinking, reasoning
NOTE: refers to the images, reasoning, puzzling of a sentient agent.
His first thought was to check whether his wallet was still in his pocket.
The abstract thought required to do higher mathematics is difficult for many people.
The very thought of John and Mary on a date made Sally livid.
Bob wanted time to sit down and collect his thoughts before taking the exam.
The physicist stood deep in thought in front of his blackboard.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2
NOTE: refers to an opinion, or viewpoint.
NOTE: often in possessive phrases, X's thought, or 'here BE thought X'
What are your thoughts on this new proposal?
I kept my thoughts to myself during the meeting.
Her thought was that we should ask Jim to head the steering committee.
That's a thought - we could sell the summer house to raise the money!
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4
NOTE: refers to a general outlook of a larger group, -not- the views of a single agent (Sense 2)
NOTE: often occurs in phrases where the preceding modifier identifies the group.
The book examines some of the underlying presuppositions of contemporary Western thought.
It would have been an alien notion to 17th-century thought.
The idea of creative design is not really compatible with Darwinian thought. (although Darwin is a single person, the influence of his ideas was vast in scope)
The professor encouraged freedom of thought in his students. (refers to developing systems of beliefs, rather than just the cognitive process of thinking (Sense 1))
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3
NOTE: often if phrases 'give a thought to X', or in negative phrases 'no thought'
NOTE: does not clearly imply an opinion (Sense 2) , but implies attention directed towards something.
He rushed in to save the child from the burning building with no thought for his own safety.
Mary's mother criticized the decor of the room without any thought for her daughter's feelings.
I had never given that idea much thought before.
It's the thought that counts.
On second thought, I think I'd better stay in tonight and study.
She told her guest not to give the broken wine glass another thought.
We must give some thought to the club's budget deficit next year.
She is in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 2b
Commentary: Idiom: a_thought
NOTE: rare, probably archaic usage
There is a thought too much vinegar in the dressing.
WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: idim_1