• WordNet 3.6
    • v object express or raise an objection or protest or criticism or express dissent "She never objected to the amount of work her boss charged her with","When asked to drive the truck, she objected that she did not have a driver's license"
    • v object be averse to or express disapproval of "My wife objects to modern furniture"
    • n object a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow "it was full of rackets, balls and other objects"
    • n object the focus of cognitions or feelings "objects of thought","the object of my affection"
    • n object the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable) "the sole object of her trip was to see her children"
    • n object (computing) a discrete item that provides a description of virtually anything known to a computer "in object-oriented programming, objects include data and define its status, its methods of operation and how it interacts with other objects"
    • n object (grammar) a constituent that is acted upon "the object of the verb"
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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: Psychokinesis refers to the ability of moving objects through psychic power
    • Object (Gram) A word, phrase, or clause toward which an action is directed, or is considered to be directed; as, the object of a transitive verb.
    • Object (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.
    • Object (Ontology) Anything which exists and which has attributes; distinguished from attributes processes, and relations.
    • Object 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; as, an object of knowledge, wonder, fear, thought, study, etc. "Object is a term for that about which the knowing subject is conversant; what the schoolmen have styled the “materia circa quam.”""The object of their bitterest hatred."
    • a Object Opposed; presented in opposition; also, exposed.
    • Object Sight; show; appearance; aspect. "He, advancing close
      Up to the lake, past all the rest, arose
      In glorious object ."
    • Object 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. "Object , beside its proper signification, came to be abusively applied to denote motive, end, final cause . . . . This innovation was probably borrowed from the French.""Let our object be, our country, our whole country, and nothing but our country."
    • Object 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; as, he observed an object in the distance; all the objects in sight; he touched a strange object in the dark.
    • v. i Object To make opposition in words or argument; to express one's displeasure; -- usually followed by to; as, she objected to his vulgar language.
    • Object To offer in opposition as a criminal charge or by way of accusation or reproach; to adduce as an objection or adverse reason. "He gave to him to object his heinous crime.""Others object the poverty of the nation.""The book . . . giveth liberty to object any crime against such as are to be ordered."
    • Object To set before or against; to bring into opposition; to oppose. "Of less account some knight thereto object , Whose loss so great and harmful can not prove .""Some strong impediment or other objecting itself.""Pallas to their eyes
      The mist objected , and condensed the skies."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Every year approximately 2,500 left-handed people are killed by using object or machinery designed for right-handed people
    • object To throw or place in the way; oppose; interpose.
    • object To throw or place before the view; set clearly in view; present; expose.
    • object 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.
    • object To offer or make opposition in words or arguments; offer reasons against a proposed action or form of statement.
    • object Plainly presented to the senses or the mind; in view; conspicuous.
    • n object 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 object 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 object An idea to the realization of which action is directed; purpose; aim; end.
    • n object 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 object 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 object 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 object The aspect in which a thing is presented to notice; sight; appearance.
    • n object A deformed person, or one helpless from bodily infirmity; a gazing-stock.
    • n object An obstacle.
    • n object See the adjectives.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century 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.
    • v.t Object ob-jekt′ to place before the view: to throw in the way of: to offer in opposition: to oppose
    • v.i Object to oppose: to give a reason against
    • n Object (gram.) the case of the object: in microscopes, &c., the lens which brings the rays to a focus: the point to which the operations of an army are directed
    • n Object ob′jekt anything perceived or set before the mind: that which is sought after, or that toward which an action is directed: end: motive:
    • n Object ob′jekt (gram.) that toward which the action of a transitive verb is directed
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.”
  • Heywood Broun
    “A technical objection is the first refuge of a scoundrel.”
  • John Keats
    “There is not a fiercer hell than the failure in a great object.”
  • Hermann Hesse
    “Happiness is a how, not a what: a talent, not an object”
  • Gunderson
    “A desire can overcome all objections and obstacles.”
  • Pablo Picasso
    “I paint objects as I think them not as I see them.”


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
L. objectus, p. p. of objicere, obicere, to throw or put before, to oppose; ob,see Ob-) + jacere, to throw: cf. objecter,. See Jet a shooting forth


In literature:

He was intent on a certain object, and he began to hope, nay to think, that his object might be achieved.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
When the object is hidden, the absent player is recalled, and proceeds to hunt for the hidden object.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
For no other object could they be travelling through the wild regions of the Red River.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
I don't remember altering the exact part you object to, but if there be anything here you object to, knock it out ruthlessly.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
That through which objects are seen directly through its double object-glass.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
But, in fact, it applies only to one special object, and indeed only to a restricted part of that object.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
An object present calls up an absent object.
"Essay on the Creative Imagination" by Th. Ribot
What object would anyone have in rowing across on a wet afternoon like this?
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
Practice looking at distant objects and discovering objects in the distance.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
That the noble associations of any object should embellish that object is very comprehensible.
"The Sense of Beauty" by George Santayana

In poetry:

Fond dreamer! little does she know
The anxious toil, the suffering,
The blasted hopes, the burning woe,
The object of her joy will bring.
"Views Of Life" by Anne Bronte
And now they drew the object near,
Behold! not blazing eyes were there,
But firmly standing 'gainst the wall,
An armed warrior stout and tall.
"The Watch And Ward." by Samuel Bamford
We deem the object of our trust;
There is a time, and come it must,
An hour of parting on the wing,
And friendship's heart must fell the sting.
"Valedictory On Leaving San Francisco, California." by James Madison Bell
In all the trusting faith of youth,
That knows no dread, that feels no care,
I deem'd thy heart was all of truth,
And I the cherish'd object there.
"Song.—In early days" by Louisa Stuart Costello
But there is one object unalter'd —
The sun with his heaven-lit flame ; —
The last time I o'er the hill falter'd
'Twas blazing and burning the same.
"The last time I stood" by Mary Anne Browne
And lo! there lay, uprooted quite,
The object of my heart's delight--
I did not weep or rant,
And yet a grain or two of spite
My secret thoughts would haunt.
"Revenge" by Hattie Howard

In news:

We got an email this morning objecting to the way we sequence the Narnia books on our website.
(AP) — A Christian rally open to the public will go ahead at Fort Bragg on Saturday, leaders at the post say, despite objections from national groups who say it's a violation of the separation between church and state.
World Cruising Rally sailboat Ciao sank after a collision with a submerged object.
Despite objection, Wi-Fi stays on list.
Before Alexander Ellison could object, the name of his historic high school had changed.
Church of England objects to gay marriage plan.
That's the closest near-Earth object approach currently known between now and the flyby in 2024 of a similar-size object known as 2007 XB23.
Cocoon 's designers hope to challenge how people perceive spaces and objects.
Object #1: The Greek Coffee Cup.
The Story of New York in 10 Objects.
The top object in our countdown is perhaps the most accidental of New York icons.
No, it's not that kind of coloring book where you draw other objects on there, you just color in an outline of Ryan Gosling.
The Sloan Digital Sky Survey showed the object on October 21 (top), 23 (middle) and 28 (bottom).
These new chemicals that were made, you know, changes took place in the common objects of living.
They utilized several technology methods to reach their objectives.

In science:

Corollary 30 Let δ be a object in S A (C ) with underlying object B .
The categorical theory of relations and quantizations
Proposition 31 Let δ and γ be objects in S A (C ) with underlying objects B and E in C .
The categorical theory of relations and quantizations
Proposition 51 Let δ be a object in S A (C ) with underlying object B .
The categorical theory of relations and quantizations
In this way, we have arrived at the interesting conjecture that the ‘classical’ counterpart of an n-index object is an (n − 2)-dimensional object and that M-matrix mechanics can describe the ‘quantum’ physics of extended objects.
Generalized Matrix Mechanics
The subcategory ω [−1] is the class of al l projective objects in A′ and A′ has sufficiently many projective objects.
Infinite dimensional representations of canonical algebras