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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun object:

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Definition of the noun object

What does object mean as a name of something?

Object is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: objects

  1. a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow
    • example: it was full of rackets, balls and other objects
    • lexical domain: Tops - unique beginner for nouns
    • synonym of object: physical object
    • more generic term: physical entity = an entity that has physical existence
    • more specific terms:
      • whole / unit = an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity
      • location = a point or extent in space
      • good luck charm / charm = something believed to bring good luck
      • peculiarity / curiosity / oddment / oddity / rarity / curio = 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 / souvenir / relic / token = something of sentimental value
      • makeweight / filler = anything added to fill out a whole
      • portion / part = something less than the whole of a human artifact
      • property / prop = 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 / triviality / trifle / trivia = something of small importance
      • paring = a part of a fruit or vegetable that is pared or cut off
      • catch = anything that is caught
      • 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
      • vehicle / fomite = 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
      • geological formation / formation = 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
      • solid ground / terra firma / dry land / ground / earth / land = 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
      • moon = any object resembling a moon
      • neighbour / neighbor = 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
      • 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
  2. the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)
    • example: the sole object of her trip was to see her children
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of object: aim / objective / target
    • more generic words: end / goal = the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it
    • more specific words:
      • grail = the object of any prolonged endeavor
      • business = an immediate objective
      • point = the object of an activity
      • thing = a special objective
  3. (grammar) a constituent that is acted upon
  4. the focus of cognitions or feelings
  5. (computing) a discrete item that provides a description of virtually anything known to a computer
    • example: in object-oriented programming, objects include data and define its status, its methods of operation and how it interacts with other objects
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic terms: computer science / computing = the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures

Alternative definition of the noun object


  1. A thing that has physical existence.
  2. The goal, end or purpose of something.
  3. [grammar] The noun phrase which is an internal complement of a verb phrase or a prepositional phrase. In a verb phrase with a transitive action verb, it is typically the receiver of the action.
  4. A person or thing toward which an emotion is directed.
  5. [computing] In object-oriented programming, an instantiation of a class or structure.

Definition of the verb object

What does object mean as a doing word?

Object is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: objected | objecting | objects

  1. express or raise an objection or protest or criticism or express dissent
    • examples: 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
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb]Susan complained
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, quotation]Ellen complained, 'The mail didn't come today.' | Ellen warned, 'Avoid that hole in the sidewalk.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]Ellen warned that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan complained that the party would be tonight | Susan whispered that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic]Ellen complained about the situation
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic] to [Recipient]Ellen complained about the situation to Helen
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient]Susan complained to Rachel
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, quotation]Ellen complained to Helen, 'The mail didn't come today.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]Heather cabled to Sara that the party would be tonight | Susan complained to Rachel that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] about [Topic]The prime minister complained to the former president about U.S. interference in his country's affairs

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): bellyache, bitch, boast, brag, complain, crab, gripe, grouch, grouse, grumble, kvetch, moan, whine.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: disapprove / reject = deem wrong or inappropriate
    • more specific terms:
  2. be averse to or express disapproval of
    • example: My wife objects to modern furniture
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being

Alternative definition of the verb object


  1. [intransitive] To disagree with something or someone; especially in a Court of Law, to raise an objection.


  1. "Object", nicknamed Le Déjeuner en fourrure by André Breton, known in English as Fur Breakfast or Breakfast in Fur, is a 1936 sculpture by the surrealist Méret Oppenheim, consisting of a fur-covered teacup, saucer and spoon.
    • also known as Breakfast in Fur, Fur Breakfast, Le Déjeuner en fourrure
    • completed in (79 years ago)
    • media: fur-covered cup
  2. "Object" is an artwork (painted wood) by Joan Miró, completed in (84 years ago).
    • media: painted wood
  3. "Object" is an artwork (stuffed parrot) by Joan Miró, completed in (79 years ago).
    • media: stuffed parrot
  4. "Object" is an artwork by Claude Cahun, begun in (79 years ago).


  1. "Object" is a composition.
  2. "Object" is a musical album of Gramsci.
    • released in (13 years ago)
  3. "Object" is a composition.
  4. "Object" is a musical EP of Object.
    • released in (8 years ago)


Who is Object?

Object a.k.a. Lawrence English is a composer, artist and curator living in Brisbane, Australia. For over a decade and a half he has been an tireless force in Australian sound art and adventurous music, provoking new approaches and concerns, both as a creator and curator. His work broadly concerns the politics of perception.


Object is a musical group.

  • albums: "Object", "A Place to Hide"


  1. Object: Traditional grammar defines the object in a sentence as the entity that is acted upon by the subject. There is thus a primary distinction between subjects and objects that is understood in terms of the action expressed by the verb, e.g. Tom studies grammar - Tom is the subject and grammar is the object. Traditional theories of sentence structure divide the simple sentence into a subject and a predicate, whereby the object is taken to be part of the predicate. Many modern theories of grammar, in contrast, take the object to be a verb argument like the subject, the difference between them being mainly just their prominence; the subject is ranked higher than the object and is thus more prominent.
    • also known as Düz tümleç, 受詞
  2. Object: the most basic type in the system. This type contains the primitives necessary for the metaweb to function, and the details of the stuff contained directly in the primitives.
  3. Object: An object in image processing is an identifiable portion of an image that can be interpreted as a single unit or is an identifiable portion of an image that can be interpreted as a single unit.
  4. The Object type is an implicit type for all Freebase objects. The properties of Object are available for all elements of the Freebase system.

Phrases with Object

Phrases starting with the word Object:

  1. object ball
  2. object code
  3. object lens
  4. object glass
  5. Object Space
  6. Object-Based
  7. object lesson
  8. object program
  9. Object pronoun

Phrases ending with the word Object:

  1. art object
  2. sex object
  3. Verb-Object
  4. Found object
  5. Bl Lac Object
  6. direct object
  7. Direct-Object
  8. mental object
  9. Initial Object
  10. Messier Object
  11. natural object

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Object

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Google previewThe Brihad Aranyaka Upanishhad (1856)

by Śaṅkara, Ānandagiri

(If the last knowledge destroys ignorance, it is either, because it is the last, or because its object is the soul.)...

for if the first apprehension, whose object is the soul, does not destroy the ignorance, then also not the last, ...

Google previewSemantic Information Modeling Methodology

by Andries van Renssen

Typically the left hand object is an individual physical object in the product or an individual document and the right hand object is a kind of thing (a class) selected from the formal dictionary. 1,190 is a part of is a relation that relates two ...

Google previewA Treatise of Legal Philosophy and General Jurisprudence (2009)

Vol. 9: A History of the Philosophy of Law in the Civil Law World, 1600-1900; Vol. 10: The Philosophers' Philosophy of Law from the Seventeenth Century to Our Days. by Damiano Canale, Paolo Grossi, Hasso Hofmann, Patrick Riley

grammatical element, whose object is the meaning of words; a logical element, whose object is the logical relations between words; a historical element, whose object is the state of affairs regulated by a law and existing at the time when that ...

Google previewAn Architectonic for Science (2012)

The Structuralist Program by Wolfgang Balzer, C.U. Moulines, J.D. Sneed

In order to determine, for instance, the concept “hermaphrodite” a general method has to be specified according to which one can decide whether a given object is an hermaphrodite or not. If the concept is definable in a scientific context then ...

Google previewThe Structure of the Mind (2004)

Outlines of a Philosophical System by Francesco Belfiore

However, because the object is the sum of its properties, a true substantive, as commonly conceived, does not exist. What we commonly...

This means that an object is a set or collection of properties conceived as a whole. Therefore, when we ...

Google previewTime, Will, and Mental Process (2007)

by Jason W. Brown

An object is an entity in space-time. An unexpected change in...

Google previewCongressional Serial Set (1839)

It embraces in its objects every literary and scientific topic, but its principal object is the encouragement of the arts and manufactures. It has been said that no institution has more benefitted society, ...

Google previewA Language in Space (2013)

The Story of Israeli Sign Language by Irit Meir, Wendy Sandler

In each of these pairs, the subject of the first member of the pair is the source and the object is the goal, while in the second member, the subject is the goal and the object is the source. But for some verbs, the meaning does not give us any ...

Google previewThe Student's Gujarati Grammar (1985)

With Exercises and Vocabulary by Geo P. Taylor

Object of Transitive Verb. c. Subject of Trans. Verb except in Past Indef. and Perf. Tenses. CHAPTER III. ON THE SIGNIFICATION OF THE CASES, ...

Google previewHow Things Work Encyclopedia (2009)

by DK

resistance A force that pushes against movement and slows down a moving object. In electricity, resistance measures the voltage needed to give a particular current. satellite A natural or man—made ...

Google previewA Critical Dictionary of Jungian Analysis (2012)

by Andrew Samuels, Bani Shorter, Fred Plaut

object relations Theory developed in psychoanalysis of understanding psychological activity on the basis of human relating to 'objects' (that is, an entity which attracts attention and/or satisfies a ...

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Sign language class room object

Quotes about Object

I have always recognized that the object of business is to make money in an honorable manner. I have endeavored to remember that the object of life is to do good. (Peter Cooper)
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Scrabble value of O1B3J8E1C3T1

The value of this 6-letter word is 17 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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