Meaning of OBJECT in English


— objector , n.

n. /ob"jikt, -jekt/ ; v. /euhb jekt"/ , n.

1. anything that is visible or tangible and is relatively stable in form.

2. a thing, person, or matter to which thought or action is directed: an object of medical investigation.

3. the end toward which effort or action is directed; goal; purpose: Profit is the object of business.

4. 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.

5. anything that may be apprehended intellectually: objects of thought.

6. Optics. the thing of which a lens or mirror forms an image.

7. Gram. (in many languages, as English) a noun, noun phrase, or noun substitute representing by its syntactical position either the goal of the action of a verb or the goal of a preposition in a prepositional phrase, as ball in John hit the ball, Venice in He came to Venice, coin and her in He gave her a coin. Cf. direct object, indirect object .

8. Computers. any item that can be individually selected or manipulated, as a picture, data file, or piece of text.

9. Metaphys. something toward which a cognitive act is directed.


10. to offer a reason or argument in opposition.

11. to express or feel disapproval, dislike, or distaste; be averse.

12. to refuse or attempt to refuse to permit some action, speech, etc.


13. to state, claim, or cite in opposition; put forward in objection: Some persons objected that the proposed import duty would harm world trade.

14. Archaic. to bring forward or adduce in opposition.

[ 1325-75; (n.) ME: something perceived, purpose, objection objectum something thrown down or presented (to the mind), n. use of neut. of L objectus (ptp. of objicere ), equiv. to ob- OB- + jec- (comb. form of jacere to throw; see JET 1 ) + -tus ptp. suffix; (v.) ME objecten to argue against ( obje ( c ) ter ) objectare to throw or put before, oppose ]

Syn. 3. objective, target, destination, intent, intention, motive. See aim .

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .