I. noun Etymology: Middle English projecte, from Medieval Latin projectum, from Latin, neuter of projectus, past participle of proicere to throw forward, from pro- + jacere to throw — more at jet Date: 15th century 1. a specific plan or design ; scheme 2. obsolete idea 3. a planned undertaking: as a. a definitely formulated piece of research b. a large usually government-supported undertaking c. a task or problem engaged in usually by a group of students to supplement and apply classroom studies 4. a usually public housing development consisting of houses or apartments built and arranged according to a single plan Synonyms: see plan II. verb Etymology: Anglo-French projecter, from Latin projectus, past participle Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. a. to devise in the mind ; design b. to plan, figure, or estimate for the future <
project expenditures for the coming year
2. to throw or cast forward ; thrust 3. to put or set forth ; present for consideration 4. to cause to jut out 5. to cause (light or shadow) to fall into space or (an image) to fall on a surface <
project a beam of light
6. to reproduce (as a point, line, or area) on a surface by motion in a prescribed direction 7. to display outwardly especially to an audience <
project an image
an actress who could project amorality — Current Biography
8. to attribute (one's own ideas, feelings, or characteristics) to other people or to objects <
a nation is an entity on which one can project many of the worst of one's instincts — Times Literary Supplement
intransitive verb 1. to jut out ; protrude 2. a. to come across vividly ; give an impression b. to make oneself heard clearly • projectable adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Project — Proj ect (?; 277), n. [OF. project, F. projet, fr. L. projectus, p. p. of projicere to project; pro forward + jacere to throw. See {Jet} a shooting forth, and cf. {Projet}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The place from which a thing projects, or starts forth …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Project — Pro*ject , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Projected}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Projecting}.] [Cf. OF. projecter, F. projeter.] [1913 Webster] 1. To throw or cast forward; to shoot forth. [1913 Webster] Before his feet herself she did project. Spenser. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • project — [n] undertaking, work activity, adventure, affair, aim, assignment, baby*, blueprint*, business, concern, deal, design, enterprise, exploit, feat, game plan, intention, job, matter, occupation, outline, pet*, plan, program, proposal, proposition …   New thesaurus

  • project — [prä′jekt΄, prä′jikt; ] for v. [ prō jekt′, prəjekt′] n. [ME projecte < L projectum, neut. of projectus, pp. of projicere < pro , before, forward + jacere, to throw: see PRO 2 & JET1] 1. a proposal of something to be done; plan; scheme ☆ 2 …   English World dictionary

  • Project — Pro*ject , v. i. [1913 Webster] 1. To shoot forward; to extend beyond something else; to be prominent; to jut; as, the cornice projects; branches project from the tree. [1913 Webster] 2. To form a project; to scheme. [R.] Fuller. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • project# — project n scheme, design, plot, *plan Analogous words: sketch, delineation, draft, outline, diagram (see under SKETCH vb): *device, contrivance project vb 1 scheme, design, plot, plan (see under PLAN n) Analogous words: propose, purpose, *intend …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • project — ► NOUN 1) an enterprise carefully planned to achieve a particular aim. 2) a piece of research work by a school or college student. 3) N. Amer. a government subsidized estate or block of homes. ► VERB 1) estimate or forecast on the basis of… …   English terms dictionary

  • Project — (v. lat.), Entwurf, Plan, Vorhaben, Vorschlag; daher Projectenmacher, der sich im Entwerfen von neuen, oft unsicheren od. unausführbaren Plänen gefällt …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • project — I noun activity, aim, ambition, assignment, attempt, consilium, contrivance, deal, design, determination, device, employment, end, endeavor, engagement, enterprise, essay, fixed intention, goal, idea inceptum, intent, intention, job, object,… …   Law dictionary

  • project — In BrE the normal pattern is proj ekt with the stress on the first syllable for the noun, and prǝ jekt with the stress on the second syllable for the verb. In other English speaking countries (though not in AmE) a pronunciation with long first… …   Modern English usage

  • Project — For all other uses, see Project (disambiguation). A project, as defined in the field of project management, consists of a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service or result. A Guide to the Project Management Body of… …   Wikipedia

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