• WordNet 3.6
    • adj objective belonging to immediate experience of actual things or events "objective benefits","an objective example","there is no objective evidence of anything of the kind"
    • adj objective undistorted by emotion or personal bias; based on observable phenomena "an objective appraisal","objective evidence"
    • adj objective emphasizing or expressing things as perceived without distortion of personal feelings, insertion of fictional matter, or interpretation "objective art"
    • adj objective serving as or indicating the object of a verb or of certain prepositions and used for certain other purposes "objective case","accusative endings"
    • n objective the lens or system of lenses in a telescope or microscope that is nearest the object being viewed
    • n objective the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable) "the sole object of her trip was to see her children"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A cutlass in excellent preservation and many other objects from 17th-century Jamestown were found in a large clay borrow pit filled with refuse A cutlass in excellent preservation and many other objects from 17th-century Jamestown were found in a large clay...
Objects found at a 17th-century forge site at Jamestown: blacksmith’s tools, bar iron, a few incomplete items, sword guards, and slag. It appears that the forge was in operation as early as 1625 Objects found at a 17th-century forge site at Jamestown: blacksmith’s tools, bar iron, a few incomplete items, sword...
A few objects recovered at Jamestown which were once used on 17th-century boats—reminders of a day when travel in Virginia was largely by water A few objects recovered at Jamestown which were once used on 17th-century boats—reminders of a day when travel in...
A few objects unearthed at Jamestown which were used for trading with the Indians. Shown are glass beads, scissors, iron knives, a hatchet, and bell fragments A few objects unearthed at Jamestown which were used for trading with the Indians. Shown are glass beads, scissors,...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1959, the Soviet space probe "Luna Two" became the first manmade object to reach the moon as it crashed onto the lunar surface.
    • Objective An object glass; called also objective lens. See under Object n.
    • Objective Of or pertaining to an object.
    • Objective (Metaph) Of or pertaining to an object; contained in, or having the nature or position of, an object; outward; external; extrinsic; -- an epithet applied to whatever is exterior to the mind, or which is simply an object of thought or feeling, as opposed to being related to thoughts of feelings, and opposed to subjective. "In the Middle Ages, subject meant substance , and has this sense in Descartes and Spinoza: sometimes, also, in Reid. Subjective is used by William of Occam to denote that which exists independent of mind; objective , what is formed by the mind. This shows what is meant by realitas objectiva in Descartes. Kant and Fichte have inverted the meanings. Subject , with them, is the mind which knows; object , that which is known; subjective , the varying conditions of the knowing mind; objective , that which is in the constant nature of the thing known.""Objective has come to mean that which has independent existence or authority, apart from our experience or thought. Thus, moral law is said to have objective authority , that is, authority belonging to itself, and not drawn from anything in our nature."
    • Objective (Gram) Pertaining to, or designating, the case which follows a transitive verb or a preposition, being that case in which the direct object of the verb is placed. See Accusative n. "My troublous dream [on this night doth make me sad.""To write of victories [ in or for next year .""In the philosophy of mind, subjective denotes what is to be referred to the thinking subject, the ego; objective what belongs to the object of thought, the non-ego."
    • Objective Same as Objective point, under Objective a.
    • Objective (Gram) The objective case.
    • Objective Unbiased; unprejudiced; fair; uninfluenced by personal feelings or personal interests; considering only the facts of a situation unrelated to the observer; -- of judgments, opinions, evaluations, conclusions, reasoning processes. "Objective means that which belongs to, or proceeds from, the object known, and not from the subject knowing, and thus denotes what is real, in opposition to that which is ideal -- what exists in nature, in contrast to what exists merely in the thought of the individual."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first man-made object to circle the earth was Sputnik I, launched in 1957.
    • objective As perceived or thought; intentional; ideal; representative; phenomenal: opposed to subjective or formal—that is, as in its own nature.
    • objective Pertaining or due to the real object of cognition; real: opposed to subjective (pertaining or due to the subject of cognition, namely, the mind). [This meaning of the word nearly reverses the original usage; yet if such passages as that from Sir M. Hale, above, on the one hand, and that from Watts below, on the other, be compared, the transition will be seen to have been easy. Kant makes the objects of experience to be at once real and phenomenal; and what he generally means by the objective character of a proposition is the force which it derives from the thing itself compelling the mind, after examination, to accept it. But occasionally Kant uses objective to imply a reference to the unknowable thing-in-itself to which the compelling force of phenomena is due.]
    • objective Substantive; self-existent.
    • objective Intent, as a person, upon external objects of thought, whether things or persons, and not watching one's self and one's ways, nor attending to one's own sensations; setting forth, as a writing or work of art, external facts or imaginations of such matters as they exist or are supposed to exist, without drawing attention to the author's emotions, reflections, and personality.
    • objective In grammar, pertaining to or noting the object of a transitive verb, or of a preposition; forming or expressing a grammatical object: as, the objective case; an objective phrase or clause. Abbreviated obj.
    • n objective In Eng. gram., the objective case; the case used to express the object of a verb or a preposition. This case answers in most of its uses to the accusative of Greek, Latin, German, and other languages, and is sometimes so called in English. In nouns it is never distinct in form from the subjective or nominative; the only objectives having such a distinct form are the pronominal case-forms me, thee, him, her, us, them, whom, corresponding to the nominatives I, thou, he, she, we, they, who respectively. Of these, her happens to be the same in form as the possessive. When words expressing extent in space or duration in time are put in the objective, they are called adverbial objectives: as, he ran a mile; she sang an hour. Compare connate object, under object, 5. Abbreviated obj.
    • n objective An objective point; especially, the object, point, or place to or toward which a military force is directing its march or its operations.
    • n objective The lens, or practically the combination of lenses, which forms the object-glass of an optical instrument, more particularly of the microscope (see object-glass). Objectives are generally named from the focal length of a single lens which would have the same magnifying power: as, a two-inch objective or power, a one-half-inch objective (or simply a half), etc. Objectives of high magnifying power and consequently short nominal focal length (e. g., less than half an inch) are often spoken of as high powers, in distinction from the low powers, which magnify less and have longer nominal focal lengths. Objectives are also characterized as immersion-objectives or dry objectives according as they are used with or without a drop of liquid between the lens and the object; if the liquid has sensibly the same refractive power as the glass of the lens, the system is called homogeneous immersion. (See immersion, 5.) The properties of an objective which determine its value for practical work are — definition or defining power, depending upon its freedom from spherical and chromatic aberration, which should be accompanied by flatness of field: penetration, the power of bringing parts of the object at different levels into focus at once; resolving power, the ability (depending upon the size of the aperture and the definition) to exhibit the minute details of structure, as the lines on a diatom frustule (see test-object); working distance, which is the space separating the lens and the object when the latter is in focus. These properties are in some degree antagonistic: thus, an increase in the aperture, and hence of the resolving power, is accompanied by a decrease in the working distance. The aperture of an objective is often measured by the angle of the cone of rays which it admits, and is then called angular aperture. Since, however, this angle varies according as it is used as a dry, water-immersion, or homogeneous-immersion objective, a common measure is obtained, as proposed by Abbe, by taking the product of the half-angle into the refractive index of the medium employed; this is called the numerical aperture (sometimes written N. A.). Thus, for the maximum air-angle of 180°, which is equivalent to a water-angle of 97°31′ and a balsam-angle of 82°17′ , the numerical aperture is unity, while for the respective angles of 60° (air), 44°10′ (water), 38° 24′ (balsam), it is 0.5. Again, a numerical aperture of 1.33 corresponds to the maximum water-angle of 180° and a balsam-angle of 122°6′ .
    • objective In grammar:
    • objective Noting the ease expressing the subject of the intransitive verb.
    • objective In Eskimo gram., noting the thing possessed. Also intransitive (which see).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Whales can never focus both their eyes on the same object at once
    • adj Objective relating to an object: being exterior to the mind: substantive, self-existent: setting forth what is external, actual, practical, apart from the sensations or emotions of the speaker: as opposed to Subjective, pertaining to that which is real or exists in nature, in contrast with what is ideal or exists merely in thought:
    • adj Objective (gram.) belonging to the case of the object
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  • John Keats
    “There is not a fiercer hell than the failure in a great object.”
  • Sir Richard Steele
    “The fool within himself is the object of pity, until he is flattered.”
  • Andre Gide
    “A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective.”
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    “The only way to reach your long range goals is through achieving your short range objectives.”
  • Hermann Hesse
    “Happiness is a how, not a what: a talent, not an object”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “It is a beautiful trait in the lovers character, that they think no evil of the object loved.”


Object lesson - An object lesson serves as a warning to others. (In some varieties of English 'abject lesson' is used.)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. objectif,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. objectāre, a freq. of objicĕre, -jectumob, in the way of, jacĕre, to throw.


In literature:

As his custom was, he drew instruction from the objects around him.
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb
At such a time turn your eyes upon nearer objects.
"The Heavenly Father" by Ernest Naville
But we do not know in what grace consists, which is the object of poetry.
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
Objected to as calling for a conclusion.
"An Account of the Proceedings on the Trial of Susan B. Anthony" by Anonymous
The men knew that the woman showed no objections to occasional attentions, even to intimacy.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
Not the objects themselves, but what the objects symbolize is the important thing.
"Ontario Normal School Manuals: Science of Education" by Ontario Ministry of Education
My object is to inculcate the facts of science rather than the theories of philosophy.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
Light objects make dark objects near appear darker, and dark objects make light objects near seem lighter.
"The Science of Human Nature" by William Henry Pyle
When questioned as to the course of life which he meant to pursue upon his recovery, he professed himself without any precise object.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
A new-born child may have light, and eyes, and surrounding objects, and yet not see anything distinctly.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker

In poetry:

Said the Representative Skeleton
I object
Said the Supreme Court skeleton
Whaddya expect
"Ballad Of The Skeletons" by Allen Ginsberg
But here a point,
The objective essence
We work in.
We shall not drink from the stink-pots.
"Gospel" by Patrick Kavanagh
MAR. That he banishes every thought presented to him by different
objects, which have not the power to move him and which would rob him of
the sight of the sun which comes to him through that window more than
through others.
"The Heroic Enthusiasts - Part The Second =First Dialogue.=" by Giordano Bruno
THERE was a child went forth every day;
And the first object he look'd upon, that object he became;
And that object became part of him for the day, or a certain part of
the day, or for many years, or stretching cycles of years.
"There Was A Child Went Forth" by Walt Whitman
From object to object still, still would she veer,
Though nothing, alas, could she find;
Like the moon, without atmosphere, brilliant and clear,
Yet doom'd, like the moon, with no being to cheer
The bright barren waste of her mind.
"The Paint-Kings" by Washington Allston
Or if he found it, providence stepp’d in,
And tore the cherish’d object from his sight,
Or fill’d its mind with visions weak and vain—
Could he survive all this? ah, no! he died,—
Died by the hand which injur’d none but him.
"The Suicide’s Grave (From The German)" by George Borrow

In news:

Every object has a height, depth and width.
Zentangling is filling in a simple object with black and white patters.
The Rematerialization of the Art Object .
Assembling art Objects and oddities come together in artist's works about women's lives and the past.
Assembling art Objects and oddities come together in artist's works on view at Silicon Valley Open Studios.
Energy lab's microscopic robots assemble selves, can move larger objects.
Each object has a servicePrincipal- Name attribute , which is a multivalue attribute in which all SPNs are stored.
Carol Baum can make out the print on a magazine, but her cataracts often make more distant objects harder to see.
Microsoft's exam objective guide lists no official self-study resources related to this exam.
Chabot Promotes MBL Bill Despite Banker Objections.
Families that object to the vaccine for religious and medical reasons can be exempt from the requirement.
Q & A: Sculptor uses found objects to ' choreograph ' his works.
The objective of this step is to carefully run the first workpiece in such a way that it will pass inspection.
How to establish target pricing objectives.
It is no secret that our elevated Sapien race is a collective fan of objects – beautiful, valuable, interesting, unusual.

In science:

Low luminosity sources and VeLLOs Our outflow survey includes many of the Spitzer-identified low luminosity objects (LLOs) and very low luminosity objects (VeLLOs) in the sample of (Dunham et al. 2008).
Star formation in Perseus - V. Outflows detected by HARP
Then F carries local objects of Fun(T0 , X) to local objects of Fun(T1 , X).
Derived Algebraic Geometry V: Structured Spaces
Let X be an ∞-topos, and let {Uα} be a col lection of objects of X which cover the final object of X.
Derived Algebraic Geometry V: Structured Spaces
An ordinary ge nerating series associated with a set of objects assigns as the coefficient of the z i th term, the number of objects of size i.
Statistics of Random Permutations and the Cryptanalysis Of Periodic Block Ciphers
If π ∈ Sn has k cycles, then its cycle structure defines a partition of n identical objects into k containers, where each container cannot have any number of objects that does not occur as a member of A.
Statistics of Random Permutations and the Cryptanalysis Of Periodic Block Ciphers