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

  • adj. Opposed; presented in opposition; also, exposed.
  • 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.
  • intransitive v. To make opposition in words or argument; to express one's displeasure; -- usually followed by to.
  • 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.

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


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

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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


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