Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A plan or proposal; a scheme. See Synonyms at plan.
  • n. An undertaking requiring concerted effort: a community cleanup project; a government-funded irrigation project.
  • n. An extensive task undertaken by a student or group of students to apply, illustrate, or supplement classroom lessons.
  • n. A housing project.
  • transitive v. To thrust outward or forward: project one's jaw in defiance.
  • transitive v. To throw forward; hurl: project an arrow.
  • transitive v. To send out into space; cast: project a light beam.
  • transitive v. To cause (an image) to appear on a surface: projected the slide onto a screen.
  • transitive v. Mathematics To produce (a projection).
  • transitive v. To direct (one's voice) so as to be heard clearly at a distance.
  • transitive v. Psychology To externalize and attribute (an emotion or motive, for example) unconsciously to someone or something else in order to avoid anxiety.
  • transitive v. To convey an impression of to an audience or to others: a posture that projects defeat.
  • transitive v. To form a plan or intention for: project a new business enterprise.
  • transitive v. To calculate, estimate, or predict (something in the future), based on present data or trends: projecting next year's expenses.
  • intransitive v. To extend forward or out; jut out: beams that project beyond the eaves. See Synonyms at bulge.
  • intransitive v. To direct one's voice so as to be heard clearly at a distance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A planned endeavor, usually with a specific goal and accomplished in several steps or stages.
  • n. An urban low-income housing building.
  • n. A projectile.
  • n. A projection.
  • v. To extend beyond a surface.
  • v. To cast (an image or shadow) upon a surface.
  • v. To extend (a protrusion or appendage) outward.
  • v. To make plans for; to forecast.
  • v. To present (oneself), to convey a certian impression, usually in a good way.
  • v. To change the projection (or coordinate system) of spatial data with another projection.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The place from which a thing projects, or starts forth.
  • n. That which is projected or designed; something intended or devised; a scheme; a design; a plan.
  • n. An idle scheme; an impracticable design.
  • intransitive v. To shoot forward; to extend beyond something else; to be prominent; to jut
  • intransitive v. To form a project; to scheme.
  • transitive v. To throw or cast forward; to shoot forth.
  • transitive v. To cast forward or revolve in the mind; to contrive; to devise; to scheme.
  • transitive v. To draw or exhibit, as the form of anything; to delineate; ; -- sometimes with on, upon, into, etc.. See Projection, 4.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To throw out or forth; cast or shoot forward.
  • To cast forward in the mind; scheme; contrive; devise; plan.
  • In geometry: To throw forward in rays or straight lines, especially from a center; draw such rays through every point of.
  • To throw forward (lines) from a center through every point of the figure said to be projected, and then cut these with a surface upon which the figure is said to be projected.
  • To delineate according to any system of correspondence between the points of a figure and the points of the surface on which the delineation is made.
  • To throw, as it were, from the mind into the objective world; give an objective or real seeming to (something subjective).
  • To set forth; set out.
  • To shoot forward; extend beyond something else; jut; be prominent: as, a cornice or a promontory projects. The rays thrown forward in geometrical projection are said to project in this sense.
  • To form a scheme or project.
  • In alchemy, to make projection — that is, to throw philosopher's stone into a crucible of melted metal, and thus convert the latter into silver, gold, or the philosopher's stone.
  • Synonyms To protrude, bulge (out), stand out.
  • To move about busily or curiously; pry.
  • Projecting; sticking out.
  • n. That which is projected or devised; a plan; a scheme; a design: as, projects of happiness.
  • n. Synonyms Scheme, Design, etc. See plan.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. extend out or project in space
  • v. project on a screen
  • v. make or work out a plan for; devise
  • v. cause to be heard
  • v. communicate vividly
  • v. draw a projection of
  • n. any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted
  • n. a planned undertaking
  • v. throw, send, or cast forward
  • v. present for consideration, examination, criticism, etc.
  • v. transfer (ideas or principles) from one domain into another
  • v. imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
  • v. put or send forth
  • v. regard as objective

Etymologies

Middle English projecte, from Latin prōiectum, projecting structure, from neuter past participle of prōicere, to throw out : prō-, forth; see pro- + iacere, to throw.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Noun from Latin prōiectum ("projection"), from prōiectus, perfect passive participle of prōiciō ("throw forth, extend; expel"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Change to your project directory (e.g. 'cd/d "D: \my project\"')

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  • This project code is highlighted in GREEN in the uploaded word document attached to this project******** homepage to make sure you don't forget about our website next time you need to develop an IT project for yourself or your company.

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  • {: name = > \ "Nike\"} end it \ "should create a project for the account\" do do_post Account. first.should have (1). project end it \ "should create a video for the project\" do do_post Account. first.projects.first.should have (1). video end end

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  • He felt a thrill of accomplishment about to come to fruition: the clever boy bringing a term project to school at last.

    The Deed

  • We do volunteer work for the United Way, our main project is “Day of Caring” which is planning and making home repairs for people who are unable to do them.

    The Invisible Boy | Her Bad Mother

  • JK: The dirty little secret of the I-5 Toy Train project is that currently transit only carries 1220 round trips daily.

    All aboard for the strip malls (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • The Blue Brain project is now at a crucial juncture.

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  • At work, my main project is winding up (we'll have a Release Candidate this week, if all goes well) and I'm supposed to be 100% on another project, although the main project isn't quite dead yet and there are two or three other projects that would sure like to have an hour or two a day.

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  • My main project is MythOS which is the fourth book in the WebMage series and will be out in 2009.

    Day in the Life of an Idiot

  • A great letter I got regarding my "Lifewriting for Men" not the title project:

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  • AHD 4, 'a housing project', seems to me to be an exclusively American usage.

    July 22, 2012

  • hard to use especially in its meaning as verb

    March 2, 2010