anything that is visible or tangible and is relatively stable in form.
a thing, person, or matter to which thought or action is directed: an object of medical investigation.
a person or thing with reference to the impression made on the mind or the feeling or emotion elicited in an observer: an object of curiosity and pity.
anything that may be apprehended intellectually: objects of thought.
Optics. the thing of which a lens or mirror forms an image.
Grammar. (in many languages, such as English) a noun, noun phrase, or pronoun that represents either the goal of the action of a verb or the goal of a preposition in a prepositional phrase: for example, ball in John hit the ball, or Venice in He came to Venice, or coin and her in He gave her a coin.: Compare direct object, indirect object.
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.
Metaphysics. something toward which a cognitive act is directed.
to offer a reason or argument in opposition.
to express or feel disapproval, dislike, or distaste; be averse.
to refuse or attempt to refuse to permit some action, speech, etc.
to state, claim, or cite in opposition; put forward in objection, disagreement, or disapproval: Some people objected that the proposed import duty would harm world trade.
Archaic. to bring forward or cite in opposition.
- ob·jec·tor, noun
- o·ver·ob·ject, verb
- re·ob·ject, verb (used with object)
- un·ob·ject·ed, adjective
- abject, object
Other definitions for object. (2 of 2)
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How to use object in a sentence
Physicists don’t usually deal with objects of different sizes at the same time.How Mathematical ‘Hocus-Pocus’ Saved Particle Physics | Charlie Wood | September 17, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
Powerful gusts not only blow objects around, they also churn up massive waves called storm surges.Soggy coastal soils? Here’s why ecologists love them | Alison Pearce Stevens | September 17, 2020 | Science News For Students
When you only look at things close-up, your eyes don’t get practice focusing on distant objects.Healthy screen time is one challenge of distance learning | Kathryn Hulick | September 11, 2020 | Science News For Students
GPT-3’s word embeddings are not perceptually grounded in the world, which explains why it often struggles to consistently answer common-sense questions about visual and physical features of familiar objects.Welcome to the Next Level of Bullshit - Issue 89: The Dark Side | Raphaël Millière | September 9, 2020 | Nautilus
It’s not yet clear what this object is and what its purpose might be.China says it has launched and landed a reusable spacecraft | Neel Patel | September 8, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
But by far the most interesting object, which held enormous fascination for me, sat high up on the top shelf.
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 | Kevin Fallon | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If they run off with somebody else, we say they were stolen—as if they are an object or a commodity.
He can barely speak the titles, but manages to let Viridiana and That Obscure object of Desire pass from his lips.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The show, Bell Hooks argued in Black Looks: Race and Representation, “represents wom[e]n as the object of a phallocentric gaze.”
The thought seemed to produce the dreaded object, for next moment a large hummock appeared right ahead.The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
Naturally the conversation fell on the all-absorbing topic of the day and the object of his mission.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
To make the effort of articulation a vital impulse in response to a mental concept,—this is the object sought.Expressive Voice Culture | Jessie Eldridge Southwick
The object of this practise is to attain facility in manipulating the elements while maintaining the smooth quality of the tone.Expressive Voice Culture | Jessie Eldridge Southwick
Every time he is dressed, or sees his mother dress, he has an object-lesson in symmetrical arrangement.Children's Ways | James Sully
British Dictionary definitions for object (1 of 2)
a tangible and visible thing
a person or thing seen as a focus or target for feelings, thought, etc: an object of affection
an aim, purpose, or objective
informal a ridiculous or pitiable person, spectacle, etc
philosophy that towards which cognition is directed, as contrasted with the thinking subject; anything regarded as external to the mind, esp in the external world
grammar a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase that is governed by a preposition
no object not a hindrance or obstacle: money is no object
computing a self-contained identifiable component of a software system or design: object-oriented programming
British Dictionary definitions for object (2 of 2)
(tr; takes a clause as object) to state as an objection: he objected that his motives had been good
(intr often foll by to) to raise or state an objection (to); present an argument (against)
- objector, noun
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Cultural definitions for object
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Other Idioms and Phrases with object
see money is no object.
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