General English

  • noun a noun, pronoun or phrase which follows directly from a verb or preposition
  • verb to say that you do not like something or you do not want something to happen

General Science

  • noun a thing which you can experience physically by touch, sight, or another sense and which has a particular form and dimensions
  • noun a variable used in an expert system within a reasoning operation
  • noun a piece of data in a statement which is to be operated on by the operator


  • noun something that you can touch and see and that has a particular form and dimensions


  • verb to refuse to do something or to say that you do not accept something



  • A material or virtual item or thing. For instance, a ball, or a ball displayed on a computer screen.
  • In computers, a single item or entity which can be selected and manipulated. An example of such an item is a ball displayed on a screen while running a graphics program.
  • In object oriented programming, an item or variable which is treated as a distinct entity, and which incorporates both data and the associated routines necessary to manipulate it. Examples include a spell checker, or a graphics routine utilized to draw a ball. Objects are characterized by modularity, and utilize information hiding.
  • A figure seen through, or imaged by, an optical system. The image so formed may be real or virtual. An object may be considered as a collection of points serving as the source of light rays for such a system.


  • noun purpose or aim

Media Studies

  • noun something that can be seen or touched, or something that is perceived as an entity and given a name
  • noun a focus of somebody’s attention or emotion
  • noun a collection of variables, data structures, and procedures stored as an entity and forming a basic building block of object-oriented programming

Origin & History of “object”

Object the noun (14th c.) and object the verb (15th c.) have diverged considerably over the centuries, but they come from the same ultimate source: Latin obicere. this was a compound verb formed from the prefix ob- ‘towards’ and jacere ‘throw’ (source of English ejaculate, inject, subject, etc), and hence originally meant literally ‘throw towards’, but by classical times it had been extended metaphorically to ‘place a hindrance in the way of, oppose’. This was the strand of the word’s meaning taken up by English in the verb object, and also originally in the noun (‘how Christ answered to objects (that is, objections) of false Jews’, John Wycliffe 1380). The standard present-day meaning of the noun, however, comes from a post-classical meaning of Latin objectum (the noun formed from the past participle of obicere): ‘something put in someone’s way so that it can be seen’, hence a ‘visible object’.