Definition of object in English:

object

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noun

Pronunciation: /ˈɒbdʒɪkt
 
, -dʒɛkt/
  • 1A material thing that can be seen and touched: he was dragging a large object small objects such as shells
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    • In the language center, for instance, toddlers learn vocabulary by touching and feeling available objects as they practice the names of the items and the sound of the letter.
    • Just as in art everything depends on a limited but skillful use of color and sounds, so too the art of living demands a limited but skillful use of material objects.
    • The group's knowledge of everyday objects and materials will then be tested through a quiz and the children will discover how fragments of history can help us build up a picture of the past.
    Synonyms
    thing, article, item, piece, device, gadget, entity, body
    informal thingamajig, thingamabob, thingummy, whatsit, whatchamacallit, what-d'you-call-it, thingy
    British informal doodah, doobry, gubbins
    North American informal doodad, doohickey, doojigger
    North American & South African informal dingus
  • 1.1 Philosophy A thing external to the thinking mind or subject.
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    • Schopenhauer's second class of objects for the mind is made up of concepts.
    • We do not perceive the external object but only its effects in consciousness.
    • Where Fichte in particular was happy to absorb the object into the subject, Kant preferred inconsistency to such a move.
  • 2A person or thing to which a specified action or feeling is directed: disease became the object of investigation he hated being the object of public attention
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    • The relationship between environment and organisms became the object of his attention.
    • The romance became public when the object of her affection, a Swiss named Franco, announced plans to divorce his wife.
    • If the object of a public consultation is to find out what the market thinks, Black's Consulting is on the right track.
    Synonyms
    target, butt, focus, recipient, victim
  • 2.1A goal or purpose: the Institute was opened with the object of promoting scientific study
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    • A goal is an object that the eye is focused on for the purpose of attaining it through constant attention and effort.
    • This decision does illustrate how closely the express and implied powers of specialized agencies must be related to their specific objects and purposes.
    • The result would hardly prove consistent with the object and purpose of the Statute and its intent to put an end to impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes.
    Synonyms
    purpose, objective, aim, goal, target, end, end in view, plan, object of the exercise; ambition, design, intent, intention, idea, point
  • 3 Grammar A noun or noun phrase governed by an active transitive verb or by a preposition: in Gaelic the word order is verb, subject, object
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    • Earlier forerunners rely entirely on intransitive or quasi-transitive verbs, with the object preceded by a preposition.
    • Verbs can be either transitive or intransitive a transitive verb governs an object, whereas an intransitive verb does not.
    • Mohawk is a polysynthetic language, in which noun objects can easily be incorporated into the verb.
  • 4 Computing A data construct that provides a description of anything known to a computer (such as a processor or a piece of code) and defines its method of operation: the interface treats most items, including cells, graphs, and buttons, as objects
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    • This method provides the ServletConfig object for initializing the servlet's parameters.
    • System and method for distributed conflict resolution between data objects replicated across a computer network
    • In order to put the Mason components and Perl objects on separate computers, we somehow need the ability to call an object method across a network.

verb

Pronunciation: /əbˈdʒɛkt
 
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Phrases

no object

Not influencing or restricting choices or decisions: a tycoon for whom money is no object
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  • I have to say that if money was no object and I had my choice of notebook computers, the T41p would be at the very top of my list.
  • With money no object, the 600-acre grounds were no less spectacular, with soil specially imported from the mainland to create a wooded landscape on a virtually treeless island.
  • It has to have at least six bedrooms and it's fair to say that money is no object.

the object of the exercise

The main purpose of an activity: the object of the exercise was to recover stolen property
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  • Unfortunately for those who would really rather not have the plot given away, the review section tends to assume knowledge of the plot summary, rather defeating the object of the exercise.
  • We could wait a few decades to see how real temperatures pan out, but that rather defeats the object of the exercise, especially if you believe we'll all be parched or drowned in a century's time.
  • I just don't know what the object of the exercise is here.

object of virtu

see virtu.

Derivatives

objectless

Pronunciation: /ˈɒbdʒɪk(t)lɪs/
adjective
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  • Baudrillard insists that consumption is objectless, the ceaseless acquisition of artefacts that in fact have no end in themselves, and in doing so repeats a theme from Schopenhauer.
  • Mystical illumination, then, unlike objectless contemplation, is inherently of the nature of a gift.
  • The cliff was not in the way of anything, but this objectless blasting was all the work going on.

objector

Pronunciation: /əbˈdʒɛktə/
noun
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  • Nevertheless it is within my power, says the evidentialist objector, to refuse to accept that proposition.
  • Maura refuses to accept that the objectors have reached the end of the road.
  • The landfill in west Waterford was given the go-ahead following a High Court decision to refuse a judicial review sought by an objector to the project.

Origin

late Middle English: from medieval Latin objectum 'thing presented to the mind', neuter past participle (used as a noun) of Latin obicere, from ob- 'in the way of' + jacere 'to throw'; the verb may also partly represent the Latin frequentative objectare.

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