American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. To present a dissenting or opposing argument; raise an objection: objected to the testimony of the witness.
- v. To be averse to or express disapproval of something: objects to modern materialism.
- v. To put forward in or as a reason for opposition; offer as criticism: They objected that discipline was lacking.
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. By the object may be meant either a mere aspect of the modification of consciousness, or the real external thing (whether mediately or immediately perceived) which affects the senses. Opposed to subject.
[Objectum in this sense came into use early in the thirteenth century. It is remarkable as not being a translation of a Greek word.]
- n. That toward which an action is directed and which is affected by it; that concerning which an emotion or passion is excited. The correlates of actions, of approach, recession, attraction, repulsion, attack, and the like are termed objects: as, the object shot at.
- 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. The object of a verb is either direct or indirect. A direct object receives the direct action of the verb, and is in the accusative or objective case, so far as there is a distinctive form for that case, and a verb admitting such an object is called
transitive: as, he saw me; they gave a book; an indirect object represents something (usually) to or for which the action is performed, and so is in the dative case, so far as that case is distinguished (as only imperfectly in English): thus, they gave her a book; I made the boy a coat; but in some languages indirect objects of other cases occur. A direct object which repeats in noun form an idea involved in the verb is called a cognate object: as, I dreamed a dream; they run a race. The name factitive object is often given to an objective predicate. See predicate
- 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. Such an object is in English always in the accusative or objective case; in other languages often in other cases, as genitive, dative, ablative. The object, whether of a verb or of a preposition, is said to be governed — that is, required to be of a particular case — by the verb or preposition.
- 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.
- n. A thing that has physical existence.
- n. The goal, end or purpose of something.
- n. 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.
- n. A person or thing toward which an emotion is directed.
- n. computing In object-oriented programming, an instantiation of a class or structure.
- v. intransitive To disagree with something or someone; especially in a Court of Law, to raise an objection.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To set before or against; to bring into opposition; to oppose.
- v. To offer in opposition as a criminal charge or by way of accusation or reproach; to adduce as an objection or adverse reason.
- 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. obsolete Sight; show; appearance; aspect.
- n. (Gram.) A word, phrase, or clause toward which an action is directed, or is considered to be directed.
- n. (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. anything defined as an
objectwithin an object-oriented programming language.
- n. (Ontology) Anything which exists and which has attributes; distinguished from
attributes, processes, and relations.
- adj. obsolete Opposed; presented in opposition; also, exposed.
- 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
- From Latin obiectum ("object") literally "thrown against", from obiectus, perfect passive participle of obiciō ("throw against"), from ob ("against") + iaciō ("throw"). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“_Book_, naming the thing acted upon, they call the _direct_ object; and _me_, naming the person toward whom the act is directed, they call the +indirect+, or _dative_, +object+.”
“By the latter process they put _themselves_ on the outside of an object -- in fact, they surround it; by the former, they put the _object_ outside by allowing it to escape through their bodies.”
“She suspects the object of his visit; more than that, she knows it: _she is herself its object_.”
“But this only proves that while thousands and tens of thousands of their fellow beings spent their lives in insignificance, for want of a definite object to live for, these men, having an _object_ before them, _accomplished_ something.”
“This is what $object method ... syntax supports quite well, as it allows the object to decide how to interpret the message depending on its type.”
“-- Create a SQL Server object EXEC @hr = sp_OACreate 'SQLDMO. SQLServer', @object OUT”
“For best performance, all objects that are called within the same stored procedure should all be owned by the same object owner or schema, preferably dbo, and should also be referred to in the format of object_owner. object_name or schema_owner. object_ name.”
“* Put object in queue function put ($object, $scope) $this - > data [$object] [ 'data']  = $scope;”
“* Init a queue object function init ($object, $package_size) $this - > data [$object] = array ();”
“In Cat Rambo's "The Bumblety's Marble", a girl received the title object fortuitously, and then meets a mysterious boy from the underworld, who desperately wants it back -- the lives of the two children are quite sharply limned in a short space.”
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