object

When your younger brother runs around the house with scissors, you should definitely object. Perhaps a less sharp object such as a roll of paper towels would suffice.

An object (OB-ject) is something that is a visible entity, something that can be perceived by the senses. If you are unsure whether something is an object, test it by seeing whether it can cast a shadow; if it can, it's an object, if it can't, it's not. In court, lawyers will often say, "I object!" Here, the verb object (ob-JECT) means to express disagreement.

Primary Meanings of object

1.
n
a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow
2.
v
express or raise an objection or protest or criticism or express dissent
3.
n
the focus of cognitions or feelings
4.
n
the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)
5.
n
(grammar) a constituent that is acted upon
6.
n
(computing) a discrete item that provides a description of virtually anything known to a computer
Full Definitions of object
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n a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow

“it was full of rackets, balls and other objects
Synonyms:
physical object
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unit, whole
an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity
location
a point or extent in space
charm, good luck charm
something believed to bring good luck
curio, curiosity, oddity, oddment, peculiarity, rarity
something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting
draw, lot
anything (straws or pebbles etc.) taken or chosen at random
film
a thin coating or layer
hoodoo
something believed to bring bad luck
je ne sais quoi
something indescribable
keepsake, relic, souvenir, token
something of sentimental value
filler, makeweight
anything added to fill out a whole
part, portion
something less than the whole of a human artifact
prop, property
any movable articles or objects used on the set of a play or movie
snake
something long, thin, and flexible that resembles a snake
stuff
miscellaneous unspecified objects
small beer, trifle, trivia, triviality
something of small importance
paring
(usually plural) a part of a fruit or vegetable that is pared or cut off; especially the skin or peel
catch
anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching)
commemorative
an object (such as a coin or postage stamp) made to mark an event or honor a person
discard
anything that is cast aside or discarded
finding
something that is found
floater
an object that floats or is capable of floating
fomite, vehicle
any inanimate object (as a towel or money or clothing or dishes or books or toys etc.) that can transmit infectious agents from one person to another
formation, geological formation
(geology) the geological features of the earth
growth
something grown or growing
hail
many objects thrown forcefully through the air
head
a rounded compact mass
ice
the frozen part of a body of water
dry land, earth, ground, land, solid ground, terra firma
the solid part of the earth's surface
ground, land, soil
material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use)
moon
any object resembling a moon
neighbor, neighbour
a nearby object of the same kind
remains
any object that is left unused or still extant
ribbon, thread
any long object resembling a thin line
shiner
something that shines (with emitted or reflected light)
vagabond
anything that resembles a vagabond in having no fixed place
wall
anything that suggests a wall in structure or function or effect
web
an intricate network suggesting something that was formed by weaving or interweaving
congener
a whole (a thing or person) of the same kind or category as another
animate thing, living thing
a living (or once living) entity
natural object
an object occurring naturally; not made by man
artefact, artifact
a man-made object taken as a whole
amulet, talisman
a trinket or piece of jewelry usually hung about the neck and thought to be a magical protection against evil or disease
appendage
a part that is joined to something larger
assembly
a unit consisting of components that have been fitted together
bagatelle, fluff, frippery, frivolity
something of little value or significance
bit
the part of a key that enters a lock and lifts the tumblers
bottleneck
the narrow part of a bottle near the top
bric-a-brac, knickknack, knickknackery, nicknack, whatnot
miscellaneous curios
bulb
a rounded part of a cylindrical instrument (usually at one end)
butt, stub
the small unused part of something (especially the end of a cigarette that is left after smoking)
closet auger
a snake used to unblock toilets
collectable, collectible
things considered to be worth collecting (not necessarily valuable or antique)
collector's item, piece de resistance, showpiece
the outstanding item (the prize piece or main exhibit) in a collection
component, constituent, element
an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system
custard pie
a prop consisting of an open pie filled with real or artificial custard; thrown in slapstick comedies
cutout
a part that is cut out or is intended to be cut out
doodad, doohickey, doojigger, gimmick, gismo, gizmo, gubbins, thingamabob, thingamajig, thingmabob, thingmajig, thingumabob, thingumajig, thingummy, whatchamacallit, whatchamacallum, whatsis, widget
something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known
etcetera
additional unspecified odds and ends; more of the same
foible
the weaker part of a sword's blade from the forte to the tip
fore edge, foredge
the part of a book that faces inward when the book is shelved; the part opposite the spine
forte
the stronger part of a sword blade between the hilt and the foible
fraction
a small part or item forming a piece of a whole
heel
(golf) the part of the clubhead where it joins the shaft
hub
the central part of a car wheel (or fan or propeller etc) through which the shaft or axle passes
item
a whole individual unit; especially when included in a list or collection
jetsam
the part of a ship's equipment or cargo that is thrown overboard to lighten the load in a storm
fetich, fetish, hoodoo, juju, voodoo
a charm superstitiously believed to embody magical powers
limb
either of the two halves of a bow from handle to tip
love-token
keepsake given as a token of love
neck
a narrow part of an artifact that resembles a neck in position or form
favor, favour, party favor, party favour
souvenir consisting of a small gift given to a guest at a party
peen
the part of a hammerhead opposite the flat striking surface (may have various shapes)
piece
a separate part of a whole
auger, plumber's snake
a long flexible steel coil for dislodging stoppages in curved pipes
pressing
a metal or plastic part that is made by a mechanical press
scum
a film of impurities or vegetation that can form on the surface of a liquid
seat
a part of a machine that supports or guides another part
section, segment
one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object
shank, waist
the narrow part of the shoe connecting the heel and the wide part of the sole
slick
a film of oil or garbage floating on top of water
soap film
a film left on objects after they have been washed in soap
spider web, spider's web
a web spun by spiders to trap insect prey
backbone, spine
the part of a book's cover that encloses the inner side of the book's pages and that faces outward when the book is shelved
aggregate, sum, total, totality
the whole amount
sundries
miscellaneous objects too numerous or too small to be specified
toe
(golf) the part of a clubhead farthest from the shaft
trap-and-drain auger
a plumber's snake for clearing a trap and drain
turnout, widening
a part of a road that has been widened to allow cars to pass or park
upstage
the rear part of the stage
upstairs
the part of a building above the ground floor
wreckage
the remaining parts of something that has been wrecked
here
the present location; this place
there
a location other than here; that place
somewhere
an indefinite or unknown location
bilocation
the ability (said of certain Roman Catholic saints) to exist simultaneously in two locations
seat
the location (metaphorically speaking) where something is based
home
the country or state or city where you live
base, home
the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end
outer space, space
any location outside the Earth's atmosphere
jungle
a location marked by an intense competition and struggle for survival
north
a location in the northern part of a country, region, or city
northeast
a location in the northeastern part of a country, region, or city
east
a location in the eastern part of a country, region, or city
southeast
a location in the southeastern part of a country, region, or city
south
a location in the southern part of a country, region, or city
southwest
a location in the southwestern part of a country, region, or city
west
a location in the western part of a country, region, or city
northwest
a location in the northwestern part of a country, region, or city
Earth, earth
the abode of mortals (as contrasted with Heaven or Hell)
line
a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
point
the precise location of something; a spatially limited location
part, region
the extended spatial location of something
region
a large indefinite location on the surface of the Earth
whereabouts
the general location where something is
sodom
any location known for vice and corruption
aquifer
underground bed or layer yielding ground water for wells and springs etc
archeological remains
a relic that has been excavated from the soil
archipelago
a group of many islands in a large body of water
badlands
deeply eroded barren land
beach
an area of sand sloping down to the water of a sea or lake
beachfront
a strip of land running along a beach
blade
something long and thin resembling a blade of grass
bottom, bottomland
low-lying alluvial land near a river
cape, ness
a strip of land projecting into a body of water
cave
a geological formation consisting of an underground enclosure with access from the surface of the ground or from the sea
cliff, drop, drop-off
a steep high face of rock
coastal plain
a plain adjacent to a coast
coastland
land in a coastal area
cultivated land, farmland, ploughland, plowland, tillage, tilled land, tilth
arable land that is worked by plowing and sowing and raising crops
delta
a low triangular area of alluvial deposits where a river divides before entering a larger body of water
diapir
a domed rock formation where a core of rock has moved upward and pierced through the more brittle overlying strata
drift ice
masses of ice floating in the open sea
floor
the ground on which people and animals move about
folium
a thin layer or stratum of (especially metamorphic) rock
footwall
the lower wall of an inclined fault
foreland
land forming the forward margin of something
foreshore
the part of the seashore between the highwater mark and the low-water mark
forest, timber, timberland, woodland
land that is covered with trees and shrubs
fossil
the remains (or an impression) of a plant or animal that existed in a past geological age and that has been excavated from the soil
hanging wall
the upper wall of an inclined fault
berg, iceberg
a large mass of ice floating at sea; usually broken off of a polar glacier
icefall
a steep part of a glacier resembling a frozen waterfall
ice mass
a large mass of ice
ingrowth
something that grows inward
island
a land mass (smaller than a continent) that is surrounded by water
isthmus
a relatively narrow strip of land (with water on both sides) connecting two larger land areas
lakefront
land bordering a lake
land mass, landmass
a large continuous extent of land
mainland
the main land mass of a country or continent; as distinguished from an island or peninsula
massif
a block of the earth's crust bounded by faults and shifted to form peaks of a mountain range
monocline
a geological formation in which all strata are inclined in the same direction
mouth
the point where a stream issues into a larger body of water
depression, natural depression
a sunken or depressed geological formation
elevation, natural elevation
a raised or elevated geological formation
neck
a narrow elongated projecting strip of land
neve
the upper part of a glacier (beyond the limit of perpetual snow) where the snow turns to ice
oceanfront
land bordering an ocean
overburden
the surface soil that must be moved away to get at coal seams and mineral deposits
oxbow
the land inside an oxbow bend in a river
ice pack, pack ice
a large expanse of floating ice
mountain pass, notch, pass
the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks
peninsula
a large mass of land projecting into a body of water
permafrost
ground that is permanently frozen
champaign, field, plain
extensive tract of level open land
polder
low-lying land that has been reclaimed and is protected by dikes (especially in the Netherlands)
chain, chain of mountains, mountain chain, mountain range, range, range of mountains
a series of hills or mountains
rangeland
land suitable for grazing livestock
relict
geological feature that is a remnant of a pre-existing formation after other parts have disappeared
ridge, ridgeline
a long narrow range of hills
ridge
a long narrow natural elevation on the floor of the ocean
scablands
(geology) flat elevated land with poor soil and little vegetation that is scarred by dry channels of glacial origin (especially in eastern Washington)
ice shelf, shelf ice
ice that is attached to land but projects out to sea
shore
the land along the edge of a body of water
slash
an open tract of land in a forest that is strewn with debris from logging (or fire or wind)
incline, side, slope
an elevated geological formation
fountain, natural spring, outflow, outpouring, spring
a natural flow of ground water
scree, talus
a sloping mass of loose rocks at the base of a cliff
tent
a web that resembles a tent or carpet
greensward, sod, sward, turf
surface layer of ground containing a mat of grass and grass roots
twinkler
an object that emits or reflects light in an intermittent flickering manner
mineral vein, vein
a layer of ore between layers of rock
crater, volcanic crater
a bowl-shaped geological formation at the top of a volcano
wall
a vertical (or almost vertical) smooth rock face (as of a cave or mountain)
groundwater level, water level, water table
underground surface below which the ground is wholly saturated with water
webbing
something forming a web (as between the toes of birds)
wetland
a low area where the land is saturated with water
wonderland
a place or scene of great or strange beauty or wonder
space
an empty area (usually bounded in some way between things)
Type of:
physical entity
an entity that has physical existence
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v express or raise an objection or protest or criticism or express dissent

“She never objected to the amount of work her boss charged her with”
“When asked to drive the truck, she objected that she did not have a driver's license”
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demur, except
take exception to
challenge, take exception
raise a formal objection in a court of law
carp, cavil, chicane
raise trivial objections
mind
be offended or bothered by; take offense with, be bothered by
remonstrate
argue in protest or opposition
make a stink, raise a stink, raise hell
take strong and forceful action, as to object or express discontent
bridle at, bridle up, bristle at, bristle up
show anger or indignation
appeal
challenge (a decision)
Type of:
disapprove, reject
deem wrong or inappropriate

v be averse to or express disapproval of

“My wife objects to modern furniture”
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
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n the focus of cognitions or feelings

objects of thought”
“the object of my affection”
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antipathy
the object of a feeling of intense aversion; something to be avoided
bugbear, hobgoblin
an object of dread or apprehension
execration
the object of cursing or detestation; that which is execrated
center, center of attention, centre, centre of attention
the object upon which interest and attention focuses
hallucination
an object perceived during a hallucinatory episode
infatuation
an object of extravagant short-lived passion
love, passion
any object of warm affection or devotion
conversation piece
something interesting that stimulates conversation
crosshairs
a center of interest
cynosure
something that strongly attracts attention and admiration
eye-catcher
a striking person or thing that attracts attention
Type of:
cognitive content, content, mental object
the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
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n the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)

“the sole object of her trip was to see her children”
Synonyms:
aim, objective, target
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grail
the object of any prolonged endeavor
business
an immediate objective
point
the object of an activity
thing
a special objective
occasions
something you have to do
Type of:
end, goal
the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it
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n (grammar) a constituent that is acted upon

“the object of the verb”
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object of a preposition, prepositional object
the object governed by a preposition
direct object, object of the verb
the object that receives the direct action of the verb
indirect object
the object that is the recipient or beneficiary of the action of the verb
retained object
an object in a passive construction
Type of:
constituent, grammatical constituent
(grammar) a word or phrase or clause forming part of a larger grammatical construction
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n (computing) a discrete item that provides a description of virtually anything known to a computer

“in object-oriented programming, objects include data and define its status, its methods of operation and how it interacts with other objects”
Type of:
computer science, computing
the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures

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