What does object mean?

Definitions for object
ˈɒb dʒɪkt, -dʒɛkt; əbˈdʒɛktob·ject

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. object, physical objectnoun

    a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow

    "it was full of rackets, balls and other objects"

  2. aim, object, objective, targetnoun

    the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)

    "the sole object of her trip was to see her children"

  3. objectnoun

    (grammar) a constituent that is acted upon

    "the object of the verb"

  4. objectnoun

    the focus of cognitions or feelings

    "objects of thought"; "the object of my affection"

  5. objectverb

    (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"

  6. objectverb

    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"

  7. objectverb

    be averse to or express disapproval of

    "My wife objects to modern furniture"


  1. Objectverb

    To make opposition in words or argument; to express one's displeasure; -- usually followed by to; as, she objected to his vulgar language. Sir. T. More.

  2. Objectnoun

    (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. More narrowly, anything defined as an object within an object-oriented programming language.

  3. Objectnoun

    (Ontology) Anything which exists and which has attributes; distinguished from attributes, processes, and relations.


  1. objectnoun

    A thing that has physical existence.

  2. objectnoun

    The goal, end or purpose of something.

  3. objectnoun

    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.

  4. objectnoun

    A person or thing toward which an emotion is directed.

  5. objectnoun

    In object-oriented programming, an instantiation of a class or structure.

  6. objectverb

    To disagree with something or someone; especially in a Court of Law, to raise an objection.

  7. Etymology: From obiectum literally "thrown against", from obiectus, perfect passive participle of obicio, from ob + iacio.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. OBJECTnoun

    Etymology: objet, Fr. objectum, Latin.

    The flat unrais’d spirit, that hath dar’d,
    On this unworthy scaffold to bring forth
    So great an object. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    They are her farthest reaching instrument,
    Yet they no beams unto their objects send;
    But all the rays are from their objects sent,
    And in the eyes with pointed angles end. Davies.

    The object of true faith is, either God himself, or the word of God: God who is believed in, and the word of God as the rule of faith, or matter to be believed. Henry Hammond.

    Those things in ourselves, are the only proper objects of our zeal, which, in others, are the unquestionable subjects of our praises. Thomas Sprat, Serm.

    Truth is the object of our understanding, as good is of the will. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    Dishonour not your eye
    By throwing it on any other object. William Shakespeare.

    Why else this double object in our sight,
    Of flight pursu’d in the air, and o’er the ground. John Milton.

    This passenger felt some degree of concern, at the sight of so moving an object, and therefore withdrew. Francis Atterbury.

    The accusative after a verb transitive, or a sentence in room thereof, is called, by grammarians, the object of the verb. John Clarke, Latin Grammar.

  2. To Objectverb

    Etymology: objecter, Fr. objicio, objectum, Latin.

    Flowers growing scattered in divers beds, will shew more so as that they be object to view at once. Francis Bacon.

    Pallas to their eyes
    The mist objected, and condens’d the skies. Alexander Pope.

    Were it not some kind of blemish to be like unto Infidels and Heathens, it would not so usually be objected; men would not think it any advantage in the cause of religion to be able therewith justly to charge their adversaries. Richard Hooker.

    The book requireth due examination, and giveth liberty to object any crime against any such as are to be ordered. John Whitgift.

    Men in all deliberations find ease to be of the negative side, and affect a credit to object and foretel difficulties: for when propositions are denied, there is an end of them; but if they be allowed, it requireth a new work; which false point of wisdom is the bane of business. Francis Bacon.

    This the adversaries of faith have too much reason to object against too many of its professors; but against the faith itself nothing at all. Thomas Sprat, Serm.

    It was objected against a late painter, that he drew many graceful pictures, but few of them were like. Dryden.

    Others object the poverty of the nation, and difficulties in furnishing greater supplies. Joseph Addison, State of the War.

    There was but this single fault that Erasmus, though an enemy, could object to him. Francis Atterbury.


  1. object

    An object is a material or immaterial thing that can be seen, touched, observed, studied, or perceived in any way. In different contexts, the term 'object' can be defined slightly differently. For instance, in computer science, an object refers to a specific instance of a class, containing both data and functions. In grammar, it is a word or group of words that receives the action of a verb.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Objectverb

    to set before or against; to bring into opposition; to oppose

  2. Objectverb

    to offer in opposition as a criminal charge or by way of accusation or reproach; to adduce as an objection or adverse reason

  3. Objectverb

    to make opposition in words or argument; -- usually followed by to

  4. Objectverb

    that which is put, or which may be regarded as put, in the way of some of the senses; something visible or tangible; as, he observed an object in the distance; all the objects in sight; he touched a strange object in the dark

  5. Objectverb

    that 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

  6. Objectverb

    that by 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; end; aim; motive; final cause

  7. Objectverb

    sight; show; appearance; aspect

  8. Objectverb

    a word, phrase, or clause toward which an action is directed, or is considered to be directed; as, the object of a transitive verb

  9. Objectadjective

    opposed; presented in opposition; also, exposed

  10. Etymology: [L. objectus. See Object, v. t.]


  1. Object

    In computer science, an object is a location in memory having a value and referenced by an identifier. An object can be a variable, function, or data structure. With the later introduction of object-oriented programming the same word, "object," refers to a particular instance of a class.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Object

    ob-jekt′, v.t. to place before the view: to throw in the way of: to offer in opposition: to oppose.—v.i. to oppose: to give a reason against.—n. Objectificā′tion.—v.t. Object′ify, to make objective.—n. Objec′tion, act of objecting: anything said or done in opposition: argument against.—adj. Objec′tionable, that may be objected to: requiring to be disapproved of.—adv. Objec′tionably, in an objectionable manner or degree.—adj. Object′ive, 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: (gram.) belonging to the case of the object.—n. (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.—adv. Object′ively.—ns. Object′iveness; Object′ivism.—adj. Objectivist′ic.—ns. Objectiv′ity, state of being objective; Object′or. [Fr.,—L. objectāre, a freq. of objicĕre, -jectumob, in the way of, jacĕre, to throw.]

  2. Object

    ob′jekt, n. anything perceived or set before the mind: that which is sought after, or that toward which an action is directed: end: motive: (gram.) that toward which the action of a transitive verb is directed.—ns. Ob′ject-find′er, a device in microscopes for locating an object in the field before examination by a higher power; Ob′ject-glass, the glass at the end of a telescope or microscope next the object; Ob′jectist, one versed in the objective philosophy.—adj. Ob′jectless, having no object: purposeless.—ns. Ob′ject-less′on, a lesson in which the object to be described, or a representation of it, is shown; Ob′ject-soul, a vital principle attributed by the primitive mind to inanimate objects.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. object

    A word in military movements and evolutions, synonymous with point. Thus, in marching forward in line, etc., the guide of a squad, company, or battalion, must take two objects at least to fix his line of march by which the whole body is regulated. As he advances he selects succession objects or points to prolong the line.

  2. object

    The mark aimed at in the fire of small-arms or artillery.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'object' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1942

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'object' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3524

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'object' in Nouns Frequency: #462

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'object' in Verbs Frequency: #732

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of object in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of object in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of object in a Sentence

  1. Simone de Beauvoir:

    To make oneself an object, to make oneself passive, is a very different thing from being a passive object.

  2. Richard Hook:

    This is the most precise match, this is the best Jupiter-like object around a sun-like object.

  3. George Orwell, 1984 Book 3, Chapter 3:

    Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.

  4. Earl Nightingale:

    The man who succeeds above his fellows is the one who early in life clearly discerns his object, and towards that object habitually directs his powers.

  5. Ritch Workman:

    This is the first time that I’ve seen an immovable object on top of the budget, and no negotiation can take place until somehow we move that object.

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  • objekAfrikaans
  • كائن, مفعول, هدفArabic
  • прадмет, аб'ектBelarusian
  • предмет, обектBulgarian
  • objecteCatalan, Valencian
  • objekt, předmět, namítnoutCzech
  • objekt, ting, indvendeDanish
  • Objekt, Gegenstand, Einwände haben, dagegen sein, einwendenGerman
  • αντικείμενο, σκοπός, αντιτίθεμαι, ενίσταμαι, αντιτείνω, διαφωνώGreek
  • complemento, objeto, objetarSpanish
  • eseEstonian
  • چیز, شیء, مفعولPersian
  • kohde, olio, objekti, esine, vastustaa, väittää vastaanFinnish
  • objet, objecter, opposerFrench
  • cuspairScottish Gaelic
  • obxectoGalician
  • אוביקט, חפץ, מושאHebrew
  • चीज़, कर्मHindi
  • objèHaitian Creole
  • tárgy, ellenezHungarian
  • խնդիր, իր, օբյեկտArmenian
  • objekto, objecionarIdo
  • hlutur, andlag, andl., mótmæla, malda í mórinn, mæla á mótiIcelandic
  • oggetto, obiettareItalian
  • 物, 物件, オブジェクト, 目的語, 対象, 物体, 反対Japanese
  • កម្មបទ, វត្ថុវិស័យKhmer
  • 물건, 物件, 목적어Korean
  • objectLatin
  • zavatra, mitohitra, tsy manaikyMalagasy
  • rauweneMāori
  • предмет, објект, приговараMacedonian
  • कर्म, वस्तुMarathi
  • voorwerp, lijdend voorwerp, object, meewerkend voorwerp, ertegen zijn, protesterenDutch
  • gjenstand, objekt, tingNorwegian
  • przedmiot, obiekt, dopełnienie, sprzeciwiać sięPolish
  • objeto, objetivo, objetarPortuguese
  • kutipakuyQuechua
  • obiect, lucru, obiecta, opuneRomanian
  • объект, дополнение, предмет, возражать, возразитьRussian
  • वस्तु, कर्मSanskrit
  • وَٿَ, وَکَرُ, مفعول, نشانو, شَيSindhi
  • objekat, objekt, објект, предмет, објекат, predmetSerbo-Croatian
  • predmet, objekt, namietaťSlovak
  • objekt, predmetSlovene
  • föremål, objekt, protestera, invända, motsätta sigSwedish
  • కర్మ, వస్తువుTelugu
  • шайъTajik
  • วัตถุThai
  • nesne, obje, cisim, karşı çıkmak, itirazı olmakTurkish
  • об'єкт, предметUkrainian
  • چیزUrdu
  • đồ vật, vật thể, tân ngữ, đối tượng, phản đốiVietnamese

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    pleasing in appearance especially by reason of conformity to ideals of form and proportion
    • A. profound
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