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Meaning of object by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin obiectum ( “object” ) literally "thrown against", from obiectus, perfect passive participle of obiciō ( “throw against” ), from ob ( “against” ) + iaciō ( “throw” ) .


    • ( UK ) enPR: ŏb'jĕkt, IPA: /ˈɒb.dʒɛkt/, SAMPA: /"Qb.dZEkt/
    • ( US ) enPR: ŏb'jĕkt, IPA: /ˈɑb.dʒɛkt/, SAMPA: /"Ab.dZEkt/
    • ( UK, US ) enPR: əb-jĕkt', IPA: /əbˈdʒɛkt/, SAMPA: /@b"dZEkt/
      Rhymes: -ɛkt


    object ( plural: objects )

    1. A thing that has physical existence .
    2. The goal, end or purpose of something.
    3. ( grammar ) The noun phrase which is an internal complement of a verb phrase or a prepositional phrase. In a verb phrase with a transitive action verb, it is typically the receiver of the action .
    4. A person or thing toward which an emotion is directed .
      Mary Jane had been the object of Peter's affection for years .
      The convertible, once object of his desire, was now the object of his hatred .
    5. ( computing ) In object-oriented programming, an instantiation of a class or structure .


    Related terms

    • objet d’art

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Explanation of object by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. express or raise an objection or protest or criticism or express dissent

    2. She never objected to the amount of work her boss charged her with
      When asked to drive the truck, she objected that she did not have a driver's license
    3. be averse to or express disapproval of

    4. My wife objects to modern furniture
    1. a tangible and visible entity

    2. it was full of rackets, balls and other objects
    3. the focus of cognitions or feelings

    4. objects of thought
      the object of my affection
    5. the goal intended to be attained ( and which is believed to be attainable )

    6. the sole object of her trip was to see her children
    7. a discrete item that provides a description of virtually anything known to a computer

    8. in object-oriented programming, objects include data and define its status, its methods of operation and how it interacts with other objects
    9. a constituent that is acted upon

    10. the object of the verb

    Definition of object by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Object ( ŏbjĕkt ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Objected; p. pr. & vb. n. Objecting.] [L. objectus, p. p. of objicere, obicere, to throw or put before, to oppose; ob ( see Ob- ) + jacere to throw: cf. objecter. See Jet a shooting forth.]
      1. To set before or against; to bring into opposition; to oppose. [Obs.]

      Of less account some knight thereto object,

      Whose loss so great and harmful can not prove. Fairfax.

      Some strong impediment or other objecting itself. Hooker.

      Pallas to their eyes

      The mist objected, and condensed the skies. Pope.

      2. To offer in opposition as a criminal charge or by way of accusation or reproach; to adduce as an objection or adverse reason.

      He gave to him to object his heinous crime. Spencer.

      Others object the poverty of the nation. Addison.

      The book . . . giveth liberty to object any crime against such as are to be ordered. Whitgift.

    2. Object, v. i. To make opposition in words or argument; to express one's displeasure; -- usually followed by to; as, “she objected to his vulgar language”. Sir. T. More.

    3. Object ( ŏbjĕkt ), n. [L. objectus. See Object, v. t.]
      1. That which is put, or which may be regarded as put, in the way of some of the senses; something visible or tangible and persists for an appreciable time; as, “he observed an object in the distance; all the objects in sight; he touched a strange object in the dark.”

      2. Anything which is set, or which may be regarded as set, before the mind so as to be apprehended or known; that of which the mind by any of its activities takes cognizance, whether a thing external in space or a conception formed by the mind itself; as, “an object of knowledge, wonder, fear, thought, study, etc.”

      Object is a term for that about which the knowing subject is conversant; what the schoolmen have styled the “materia circa quam.” Sir. W. Hamilton.

      The object of their bitterest hatred. Macaulay.

      3. That toward which the mind, or any of its activities, is directed; that on which the purpose are fixed as the end of action or effort; that which is sought for; goal; end; aim; motive; final cause.

      Object, beside its proper signification, came to be abusively applied to denote motive, end, final cause . . . . This innovation was probably borrowed from the French. Sir. W. Hamilton.

      Let our object be, our country, our whole country, and nothing but our country. D. Webster.

      4. Sight; show; appearance; aspect. [Obs.] Shak.

      He, advancing close

      Up to the lake, past all the rest, arose

      In glorious object. Chapman.

      5. ( Gram. ) A word, phrase, or clause toward which an action is directed, or is considered to be directed; as, “the object of a transitive verb”.

      6. ( Computers ) Any set of data that is or can be manipulated or referenced by a computer program as a single entity; -- the term may be used broadly, to include files, images ( such as icons on the screen ), or small data structures. More narrowly, anything defined as an object within an object-oriented programming language.

      7. ( Ontology ) Anything which exists and which has attributes; distinguished from attributes, processes, and relations.

      Object glass, the lens, or system of lenses, placed at the end of a telescope, microscope, etc., which is toward the object. Its function is to form an image of the object, which is then viewed by the eyepiece. Called also objective or objective lens. See Illust. of Microscope. -- Object lesson, a lesson in which object teaching is made use of. -- Object staff. ( Leveling ) Same as Leveling staff. -- Object teaching, a method of instruction, in which illustrative objects are employed, each new word or idea being accompanied by a representation of that which it signifies; -- used especially in the kindergarten, for young children.

    4. Object a. [L. objectus, p. p.] Opposed; presented in opposition; also, exposed. [Obs.]