Taxonomy of meanings for 物:

  • wù (OC: mɯd MC: miut) 文弗切 入 廣韻:【萬物也又旗名周禮雜帛爲物説文曰牛爲大物天地之數起於牽牛故從牛勿文弗切九 】
    • abstract: kind of thing>THING
      • nconcrete thing; things; external things; kind of thing (Note incidentally that according to AC Graham this should probably be taken as a mass noun, so that 萬物 should literally become "myriad kinds of things"! 劉徽 on 九章算術 8.1: èr wù 二物 NOT: two items, but: two kinds of items, as in 二物者再程 "in the case of two kinds of items one measures twice". 物數 "number of kinds of things".
      • nabfeature(non-specific reference 泛指) any thing, object, matter or event or state of affairs 天下重物也
      • nab.post-V{NUM}(countable) abstract items
      • nab(abstract) matter or event or state of affairs
      • nabmathematical termCHEMLA 2003:
      • nccspecimens of these three types
      • vihave the properties of a thing
      • vtoNattitudinaltreat as a thing
      • vtoNattitudinalbe treated as thing
      • nabderogatorymere external things and affairs
      • n{PRED}be a thing
      • ngeneralisedthings
      • ngeneralisedother things of this world
      • external of external>WORLD
        • nabmetaphysicalZHUANG: world of external things and events
      • referred to, i.e. meaning>MEAN
        • nabsemanticcontent; distinct substantial meaning; concrete reference 言之有物
    • happening>EVENT
      • nabeventsituation, event
      • general: living>CREATURE
        • n(kind of) living creature 百物; 天物 "the creatures of this world that are from Heaven"
        • specific: animate>ANIMAL
          • nnonreferentialliving creature, animals SW: 凡物無乳者{"animals without milk, generally speaker"
          • n{PRED}be a creature; be an animal
          • animate and supernatural>DEITY
            • nnonreferentialthe spirits, spirits
            • non-natural, extraordinary:STRANGE
              • nabeventmonstrous event; monstrous occurence; monster
      • abstract>CATEGORY
        • nabmetaphysicalcategory ZHOULI 道馬一物,田馬一物; relative rank; GUOYU: 草木之產各以其物
        • categorise>ASSESS
          • vtoNassess, estimate
        • pigmental, of cattle>COLOUR
          • nabfeaturecolour as a significant feature of something ZHOULI 以五雲之物辨吉凶 distinguish between auspicious and
      • signifying allegiance>BANNER
        • nsilk banner of at least two colours, with a "swallow end"
      • offered up to state>TAX
        • nmritual (local) tax offerings 方物 "local taxes"
      • offered up to gods>SACRIFICE
        • nnonreferentialsacrificial object; sacrificial offerings; local sacrificial offerings
    • edible>DELICACY
      • nmdelicacies
      • as opposed to self>OTHER
        • npluralother things
    • ASSESS
      • vtoNassess, estimate