object

objector, n.
n. /ob"jikt, -jekt/; v. /euhb jekt"/, n.
1. anything that is visible or tangible and is relatively stable in form.
2. a thing, person, or matter to which thought or action is directed: an object of medical investigation.
3. the end toward which effort or action is directed; goal; purpose: Profit is the object of business.
4. a person or thing with reference to the impression made on the mind or the feeling or emotion elicited in an observer: an object of curiosity and pity.
5. anything that may be apprehended intellectually: objects of thought.
6. Optics. the thing of which a lens or mirror forms an image.
7. Gram. (in many languages, as English) a noun, noun phrase, or noun substitute representing by its syntactical position either the goal of the action of a verb or the goal of a preposition in a prepositional phrase, as ball in John hit the ball, Venice in He came to Venice, coin and her in He gave her a coin. Cf. direct object, indirect object.
8. Computers. any item that can be individually selected or manipulated, as a picture, data file, or piece of text.
9. Metaphys. something toward which a cognitive act is directed.
v.i.
10. to offer a reason or argument in opposition.
11. to express or feel disapproval, dislike, or distaste; be averse.
12. to refuse or attempt to refuse to permit some action, speech, etc.
v.t.
13. to state, claim, or cite in opposition; put forward in objection: Some persons objected that the proposed import duty would harm world trade.
14. Archaic. to bring forward or adduce in opposition.
[1325-75; (n.) ME: something perceived, purpose, objection < ML objectum something thrown down or presented (to the mind), n. use of neut. of L objectus (ptp. of objicere), equiv. to ob- OB- + jec- (comb. form of jacere to throw; see JET1) + -tus ptp. suffix; (v.) ME objecten to argue against ( < MF obje(c)ter) < L objectare to throw or put before, oppose]
Syn. 3. objective, target, destination, intent, intention, motive. See aim.

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(as used in expressions)
object oriented programming

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