object
I. 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 1. a. something material that may be perceived by the senses <
I see an object in the distance
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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
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2. a. something mental or physical toward which thought, feeling, or action is directed <
an object for study
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<
the object of my affection
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<
delicately carved art objects
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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
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3. a. the goal or end of an effort or activity ; purpose, objective <
their object is to investigate the matter thoroughly
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b. a cause for attention or concern <
money is no object
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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 intentionobjectless adjectiveobjectlessness 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
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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
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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