from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An undertaking requiring concerted effort.
  • noun An extensive task undertaken by a student or group of students to apply, illustrate, or supplement classroom lessons.
  • noun A plan or proposal for accomplishing something. synonym: plan.
  • noun A housing project.
  • intransitive verb To thrust outward or forward.
  • intransitive verb To throw forward; hurl.
  • intransitive verb To send out into space; cast.
  • intransitive verb To cause (an image) to appear on a surface by the controlled direction of light.
  • intransitive verb Mathematics To produce (a projection).
  • intransitive verb To direct (one's voice) so as to be heard clearly at a distance.
  • intransitive verb Psychology To externalize and attribute (an emotion or motive, for example) unconsciously to someone or something else in order to avoid anxiety.
  • intransitive verb To convey an impression of to an audience or to others.
  • intransitive verb To form a plan or intention for.
  • intransitive verb To calculate, estimate, or predict (something in the future), based on present data or trends.
  • intransitive verb To extend forward or out; jut out: synonym: bulge.
  • intransitive verb To direct one's voice so as to be heard clearly at a distance.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To move about busily or curiously; pry.
  • noun That which is projected or devised; a plan; a scheme; a design: as, projects of happiness.
  • noun Synonyms Scheme, Design, etc. See plan.
  • Projecting; sticking out.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb extend out or project in space


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

[Middle English projecte, from Latin prōiectum, projecting structure, from neuter past participle of prōicere, to throw out : prō-, forth; see pro– + iacere, to throw; see yē- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Noun from Latin prōiectum ("projection"), from prōiectus, perfect passive participle of prōiciō ("throw forth, extend; expel").


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  • 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. New Projects 2009

  • {: 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

    Recently Uploaded Slideshows 2009

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

    The Deed Keith Blanchard 2003

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

    The Deed Keith Blanchard 2003

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

    The Deed Keith Blanchard 2003

  • 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) 2009

  • 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 2009

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

    On sociopathy and fecundity amuchmoreexotic 2008

  • 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.

    My Worldcon schedule 2007


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  • hard to use especially in its meaning as verb

    March 2, 2010

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

    July 22, 2012