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> 2. 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 objects> 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> 3. 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 5. 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 6. 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 • objectless adjective • objectlessness noun II. 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 <objected that the statement was misleading> intransitive verb 1. to oppose something firmly and usually with words or arguments 2. to feel distaste for something • objector noun III. adjective Date: 1959 of, relating to, or being object code <an object file>
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.