The possessive takes the form theirs when the noun to which it refers is not expressed, but implied or
understood; as, our land is richest, but theirs is best cultivated.
Nothing but the name of zeal appearsDenham.
'Twixt our best actions and the worst of theirs.
(The"ism) n. [From Gr. God; probably akin to to pray for, spoken by God, decreed: cf. F. théisme.
Cf. Enthusiasm, Pantheon, Theology.] The belief or acknowledgment of the existence of a God, as
opposed to atheism, pantheism, or polytheism.
(The"ist) n. [Cf. F. théiste. See Theism.] One who believes in the existence of a God; especially,
one who believes in a personal God; opposed to atheist.
(The*is"tic The*is"tic*al) a. Of or pertaining to theism, or a theist; according to the doctrine of
(Thel*phu"si*an) n. [Gr. nipple + to blow, to puff.] (Zoöl.) One of a tribe of fresh-water
crabs which live in or on the banks of rivers in tropical countries.
(The*lyt"o*kous) a. [Gr. qh^lys female + to`kos a bringing forth.] (Zoöl.) Producing females
only; said of certain female insects.
(Them) pron. [AS. ð&aemacrm, dat. pl. of the article, but influenced by the Scand. use of the
corresponding form þeim as a personal pronoun. See They.] The objective case of they. See They.
Go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.Matt. xxv. 9.
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father.Matt. xxv. 34.
Them is poetically used for themselves, as him for himself, etc.
Little stars may hide them when they list.Shak.
(The*mat"ic) a. [Gr. : cf. F. thématique.]
1. (Gram.) Of or pertaining to the theme of a word. See Theme, n., 4.
2. (Mus.) Of or pertaining to a theme, or subject.
Thematic catalogue (Mus.), a catalogue of musical works which, besides the title and other particulars,
gives in notes the theme, or first few measures, of the whole work or of its several movements.
(Theme) n. [OE. teme, OF. teme, F. thème, L. thema, Gr. fr. to set, place. See Do, and cf.
1. A subject or topic on which a person writes or speaks; a proposition for discussion or argument; a text.
My theme is alway one and ever was.Chaucer.
And when a soldier was the theme, my nameShak.
Was not far off.
2. Discourse on a certain subject.
Then ran repentance and rehearsed his theme.Piers Plowman.
It was the subject of my theme.Shak.
3. A composition or essay required of a pupil. Locke.