- 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)
- obiter dictum,
- object ball,
- object choice,
- object code,
- object complement,
- object distance
Origin of object
Examples from the Web for 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|Kevin Fallon|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If they run off with somebody else, we say they were stolen—as if they are an object or a commodity.
And for some clients, money was no object in getting their fantasies fulfilled.
Hockney saw the object that would become the bane of office secretaries everywhere as bringing him closer to his art.
And it is difficult to object to same-sex marriage when so many binary-defying unions have already taken place.
That child was as truly an object of reverence to us as any patient sufferer of mature age.Household Education|Harriet Martineau
At first it appeared so totally dark that Ben could not distinguish any object in the room.Biographical Stories|Nathaniel Hawthorne
The object was a picture, the picture of a young man in the uniform of a captain in the German cuirassiers.Stories That End Well|Octave Thanet
Moreover, they opened a handsome casino and less reputable gambling houses with the object of collecting further toll.Brandon of the Engineers|Harold Bindloss
Admiration is in its nature respectful, whilst desire tends to profane its object.Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good|Victor Cousin
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.