- any item that can be individually selected or manipulated, as a picture, data file, or piece of text.
- in object-oriented programming, a self-contained entity that consists of both data and operations to manipulate the data.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of object
Synonyms for object
Related Words for objectbody, substance, phenomenon, commodity, matter, gadget, item, something, article, design, target, balk, protest, criticize, oppose, complain, bulk, widget, doohickey, doodad
Examples from the Web for object
Contemporary Examples of object
And who better to do that with than the actress who is playing the object of said (alleged) lesbian affection in the flick?Inside the Lifetime Whitney Houston Movie’s Lesbian Lover Storyline
December 16, 2014
If they run off with somebody else, we say they were stolen—as if they are an object or a commodity.Owning Up to Possession’s Downside
December 14, 2014
The show, Bell Hooks argued in Black Looks: Race and Representation, “represents wom[e]n as the object of a phallocentric gaze.”Science-Fiction TV Finds a New Muse: Feminism
November 29, 2014
And for some clients, money was no object in getting their fantasies fulfilled.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
Hockney saw the object that would become the bane of office secretaries everywhere as bringing him closer to his art.The Many Lives of Artist David Hockney
November 23, 2014
Historical Examples of object
The object of her solicitude entered in dressing-gown and slippers.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"I shall not interfere with that arrangement," said the lawyer, misunderstanding his object.
My object in calling upon him was to induce him to do me justice at last.
This object, through the kindness of friends, was accomplished.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
I remembered the object of my visit, and struggled for composure.
Word Origin for object
Word Origin for object
late 14c., "tangible thing, something perceived or presented to the senses," from Medieval Latin objectum "thing put before" (the mind or sight), noun use of neuter of Latin obiectus "lying before, opposite" (as a noun in classical Latin, "charges, accusations"), past participle of obicere "to present, oppose, cast in the way of," from ob "against" (see ob-) + iacere "to throw" (see jet (v.)). Sense of "thing aimed at" is late 14c. No object "not a thing regarded as important" is from 1782. As an adjective, "presented to the senses," from late 14c. Object lesson "instruction conveyed by examination of a material object" is from 1831.
c.1400, "to bring forward in opposition," from Old French objecter and directly from Latin obiectus, past participle of obiectare "to cite as grounds for disapproval, set against, oppose," literally "to put or throw before or against," frequentative of obicere (see object (n.)). Related: Objected; objecting.
see money is no object.