Dictionary: OB-JECT' – OB-LEC-TA'TION

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OB-JECT', a.

Opposed; presented in opposition. [Not used.] Sandys.

OB'JECT, n. [Fr. objet; L. objectum, objectus. See the Verb.]

  1. That about which any power or faculty is employed, or something apprehended or presented to the mind by sensation or imagination. Thus that quality of a rose which is perceived by the sense of smell, is an object of perception. When the object is not in contact with the organ of sense, there must be some medium through which we obtain the perception of it. The impression which objects make on the senses, must be by the immediate application of them to the organs of sense, or by means of the medium that intervenes between the organs and the objects.
  2. That to which the mind is directed for accomplishment or attainment; end; ultimate purpose. Happiness is the object of every man's desires; we all strive to attain to that object. Wealth and honor are pursued with eagerness as desirable objects.
  3. Something presented to the senses or the mind, to excite emotion, affection or passion. This passenger felt some degree of concern at the sight of so moving an object. Atterbury. In this sense, the word uttered with a particular emphasis, signifies something that may strongly move our pity, abhorrence or disgust. What an object!
  4. In grammar, that which is produced, influenced or acted on by something else; that which follows a transitive verb. When we say, “God created the world,” world denotes the thing produced, and is the object after the verb created. When we say, “the light affects the eye,” eye denotes that which is affected or acted on. When we say, “instruction directs the mind or opinions,” mind and opinions are the objects influenced.

OB-JECT', v.i.

To oppose in words or arguments; to offer reasons against. The counsel objected to the admission of the plaintif's witnesses.

OB-JECT', v.t. [L. objicio; ob and jacio, to throw against.]

  1. To oppose; to, present in opposition. Pallas to their eyes / The mist objected, and condens'd the skies. Pope.
  2. To present or offer in opposition, as a charge criminal, or as a reason adverse to something supposed to be erroneous or wrong; with to or against. The book – giveth liberty to object any crime against such as are to be ordered. Whitgifte. The adversaries of religion object against professors the irregularity of their lives, and too often with justice. Anon. There was this single fault that Erasmus, though an enemy, could abject to him. Atterbury.
  3. To offer; to exhibit. [Little used.] Warburton.


That may be opposed. Taylor.


Opposed in words; offered reasons against.


In a telescope or microscope, the glass placed at the end of a tube next the object.


Opposing; offering reasons against.

OB-JEC'TION, n. [L. objectio.]

  1. The act of objecting.
  2. That which is presented in opposition; adverse reason or argument. The defendant urged several objections to the plaintif's claims. The plaintif has removed or overthrown those objections.
  3. That which may be offered in opposition; reason existing, though not offered, against a measure or an opinion. We often have objections in our minds which we never offer or present in opposition.
  4. Criminal charge; fault found.


Justly liable to objections; such as may be objected against.

OB-JEC'TIVE, a. [Fr. objectif.]

  1. Belonging to the object; contained in the object. Objective certainty, is when the proposition is certainly true in itself; and subjective, when we are certain of the truth of it. The one is in things, the other in our minds. Watts.
  2. In grammar, the objective case is that which follows a transitive verb or a preposition; that case in which the object of the verb is placed, when produced or affected by the act expressed by the verb. This case in English answers to the oblique cases of the Latin. Lowth.


  1. In the manner of an object; as, a determinate idea objectively in the mind. Locke.
  2. In the state of an object. Brown.


The state of being an object. Is there such a motion or objectiveness of external bodies, which produceth light? Hale.




Having no object. Coleridge.


One that objects; one that offers arguments or reasons in opposition to a proposition or measure. Bentley.

OB-JUR'GATE, v.t. [L. objurgo; ob and jurgo, to chide.]

To chide; to reprove. [Not used.]

OB-JUR-GA'TION, n. [L. objurgatio.]

The act of chiding by way of censure; reproof; reprehension. [Little used.] Bramhall.


Containing censure or reproof; culpatory. [Little used.] Howell.

OB-LA'DA, n.

A fish of the sparus kind, variegated with longitudinal lines, and having a large black spot on each side, near the tail. Dict. Nat. Hist.

OB-LATE, a. [L. oblatus, offero; ob and fero, to bear.]

Flattened or depressed at the poles; as, an oblate spheroid, which is the figure of the earth. Cheyne.


The quality or state of being oblate. Fleming.

OB-LA'TION, n. [L. oblatio, from offero; ob and fero, to bear or bring.]

Any thing offered or presented in worship or sacred service; an offering; a sacrifice. Bring no more vain oblations. Is. i.

OB-LEC'TATE, v.t. [L. oblecto.]

To delight; to please highly. [Not used.]


The act of pleasing highly; delight. Feltham.