verb (used with object) pro·ject [pruh-jekt] /prəˈdʒɛkt/
- to throw forward an image of (a figure or the like) by straight lines or rays, either parallel, converging, or diverging, that pass through all its points and reproduce it on another surface or figure.
- to transform the points (of one figure) into those of another by a correspondence between points.
verb (used without object) pro·ject [pruh-jekt] /prəˈdʒɛkt/
- project note,
- projected window,
- projectile vomiting
Origin of project
- a task requiring considerable or concerted effort, such as one by students
- the subject of such a task
- (intr)(esp of a child) to believe that others share one's subjective mental life
- to impute to others (one's hidden desires and impulses), esp as a means of defending oneselfCompare introject
Word Origin for project
c.1400, "a plan, draft, scheme," from Latin proiectum "something thrown forth," noun use of neuter of proiectus, past participle of proicere "stretch out, throw forth," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + combining form of iacere (past participle iactus) "to throw" (see jet (v.)).
Meaning "scheme, proposal, mental plan" is from c.1600. Meaning "group of low-rent apartment buildings" first recorded 1935, American English, short for housing project (1932). Related: Projects. Project manager attested from 1913.
late 15c., "to plan," from Latin proiectus, past participle of proicere (see project (n.)). Sense of "to stick out" is from 1718. Meaning "to cast an image on a screen" is recorded from 1865. Psychoanalytical sense, "attribute to another (unconsciously)" is from 1895 (implied in a use of projective). Meaning "convey to others by one's manner" is recorded by 1955. Related: Projected; projecting.