: something material that may be perceived by the senses
- I see an object in the distance.
: something that when viewed stirs a particular emotion (such as pity)
- Look on the tragic loading of this bed … the object poisons sight; let it be hid.
- —William Shakespeare
: something mental or physical toward which thought, feeling, or action is directed
- the object of my affection
- delicately carved art objects
: something physical that is perceived by an individual and becomes an agent for psychological identification
- The mother is the primary object of the child.
: the goal or end of an effort or activity : purpose, objective
- Their object is to investigate the matter thoroughly.
- The object of the game is to score the most points.
: a cause for attention or concern
: a thing that forms an element of or constitutes the subject matter of an investigation or science
: a noun or noun equivalent (such as a pronoun, gerund, or clause) denoting the goal or result of the action of a verb (such as ball in I hit the ball)
: a noun or noun equivalent in a prepositional phrase (such as table in on the table)
: a discrete entity (such as a window or icon) in computer graphics (see 2graphic 2b) that can be manipulated independently of other such entities