Meaning of OBJECT in English

I. ˈäb-jikt, -(ˌ)jekt noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin objectum, from Latin, neuter of objectus, past participle of obicere to throw in the way, present, hinder, from ob- in the way + jacere to throw — more at ob- , jet

Date: 14th century


a. : something material that may be perceived by the senses

I see an object in the distance

b. : something that when viewed stirs a particular emotion (as pity)

look to the tragic loading of this bed…the object poisons sight; let it be hid — Shakespeare


a. : something mental or physical toward which thought, feeling, or action is directed

an object for study

the object of my affection

delicately carved art object s

b. : something physical that is perceived by an individual and becomes an agent for psychological identification

the mother is the primary object of the child


a. : the goal or end of an effort or activity : purpose , objective

their object is to investigate the matter thoroughly

b. : a cause for attention or concern

money is no object

4. : a thing that forms an element of or constitutes the subject matter of an investigation or science


a. : a noun or noun equivalent (as a pronoun, gerund, or clause) denoting the goal or result of the action of a verb

b. : a noun or noun equivalent in a prepositional phrase


a. : a data structure in object-oriented programming that can contain functions as well as data, variables, and other data structures

b. : a discrete entity (as a window or icon) in computer graphics that can be manipulated independently of other such entities

Synonyms: see intention

• ob·ject·less -ləs adjective

• ob·ject·less·ness noun

II. əb-ˈjekt verb

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin objectus, past participle of obicere to throw in the way, object

Date: 15th century

transitive verb

: to put forth in opposition or as an objection

object ed that the statement was misleading

intransitive verb

1. : to oppose something firmly and usually with words or arguments

2. : to feel distaste for something

• ob·jec·tor -ˈjek-tər noun

III. same as 1 adjective

Date: 1959

: of, relating to, or being object code

an object file

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.