physical object

Definitions of physical object
  1. noun
    a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow
    synonyms: 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
    memorabilia
    objects that are valued because of their link to historical events or a particular interest
    relic
    a revered object, especially a body part or belonging of a deceased holy person
    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 groundwater for wells, 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)
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    physical entity
    an entity that has physical existence
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