from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something perceptible by one or more of the senses, especially by vision or touch; a material thing.
- n. A focus of attention, feeling, thought, or action: an object of contempt.
- n. The purpose, aim, or goal of a specific action or effort: the object of the game.
- n. Grammar A noun, pronoun, or noun phrase that receives or is affected by the action of a verb within a sentence.
- n. Grammar A noun or substantive governed by a preposition.
- n. Philosophy Something intelligible or perceptible by the mind.
- n. Computer Science A discrete item that can be selected and maneuvered, such as an onscreen graphic. In object-oriented programming, objects include data and the procedures necessary to operate on that data.
- intransitive v. To present a dissenting or opposing argument; raise an objection: objected to the testimony of the witness.
- intransitive v. To be averse to or express disapproval of something: objects to modern materialism.
- transitive v. To put forward in or as a reason for opposition; offer as criticism: They objected that discipline was lacking.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A thing that has physical existence.
- n. The goal, end or purpose of something.
- n. 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.
- n. A person or thing toward which an emotion is directed.
- n. In object-oriented programming, an instantiation of a class or structure.
- v. To disagree with something or someone; especially in a Court of Law, to raise an objection.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To set before or against; to bring into opposition; to oppose.
- transitive v. To offer in opposition as a criminal charge or by way of accusation or reproach; to adduce as an objection or adverse reason.
- intransitive v. To make opposition in words or argument; to express one's displeasure; -- usually followed by to.
- n. 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
- n. 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
- n. 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.
- n. Sight; show; appearance; aspect.
- n. A word, phrase, or clause toward which an action is directed, or is considered to be directed.
- n. 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.
- n. Anything which exists and which has attributes; distinguished from
attributes, processes, and relations.
- adj. Opposed; presented in opposition; also, exposed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To throw or place in the way; oppose; interpose.
- To throw or place before the view; set clearly in view; present; expose.
- To bring forward as a ground of opposition, of doubt, of criticism, of reproach, etc.; state or urge against or in opposition to something; state as an objection: frequently with to or against.
- To offer or make opposition in words or arguments; offer reasons against a proposed action or form of statement.
- Plainly presented to the senses or the mind; in view; conspicuous.
- n. Anything which is perceived, known, thought of, or signified; that toward which a cognitive act is directed; the non-ego considered as the correlate of a knowing ego.
- n. That toward which an action is directed and which is affected by it; that concerning which an emotion or passion is excited.
- n. An idea to the realization of which action is directed; purpose; aim; end.
- n. A thing, especially a thing external to the mind, but spoken of absolutely and not as relative to a subject or to any action.
- n. In grammar: A member of the sentence, a substantive word or phrase or clause, immediately (that is, without the intervention of a preposition) dependent on a verb, as expressing that on which the action expressed by the verb is exerted.
- n. A similar member of the sentence dependent on a preposition, i. e. joined by a preposition to the word it limits or qualifies: as, he went with me; a man of spirit.
- n. The aspect in which a thing is presented to notice; sight; appearance.
- n. A deformed person, or one helpless from bodily infirmity; a gazing-stock.
- n. An obstacle.
- n. See the adjectives.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the focus of cognitions or feelings
- n. the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)
- v. be averse to or express disapproval of
- n. (grammar) a constituent that is acted upon
- n. a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow
- v. express or raise an objection or protest or criticism or express dissent
- n. (computing) a discrete item that provides a description of virtually anything known to a computer
Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin obiectum, thing put before the mind, from neuter past participle of Latin obicere, to put before, hinder : ob-, before, toward; + iacere, to throw. V., from Middle English obiecten, from Old French objecter, from Latin obiectāre, frequentative of obicere.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin obiectum ("object") literally "thrown against", from obiectus, perfect passive participle of obiciō ("throw against"), from ob ("against") + iaciō ("throw"). (Wiktionary)