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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Object \Ob*ject"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Objected}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Objecting}.] [L. objectus, p. p. of objicere, obicere, to
throw or put before, to oppose; ob (see {Ob-}) + jacere to
throw: cf. objecter. See {Jet} a shooting forth.]
1. To set before or against; to bring into opposition; to
oppose. [Obs.]

Of less account some knight thereto object, Whose
loss so great and harmful can not prove. --Fairfax.

Some strong impediment or other objecting itself.

Pallas to their eyes The mist objected, and
condensed the skies. --Pope.

2. To offer in opposition as a criminal charge or by way of
accusation or reproach; to adduce as an objection or
adverse reason.

He gave to him to object his heinous crime.

Others object the poverty of the nation. --Addison.

The book . . . giveth liberty to object any crime
against such as are to be ordered. --Whitgift.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Object \Ob*ject"\, v. i.
To make opposition in words or argument; -- usually followed
by to. --Sir. T. More.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Object \Ob"ject\, n. [L. objectus. See {Object}, v. t.]
1. That which is put, or which may be regarded as put, in the
way of some of the senses; something visible or tangible;
as, he observed an object in the distance; all the objects
in sight; he touched a strange object in the dark.

2. That which is set, or which may be regarded as set, before
the mind so as to be apprehended or known; that of which
the mind by any of its activities takes cognizance,
whether a thing external in space or a conception formed
by the mind itself; as, an object of knowledge, wonder,
fear, thought, study, etc.

Object is a term for that about which the knowing
subject is conversant; what the schoolmen have
styled the ``materia circa quam.'' --Sir. W.

The object of their bitterest hatred. --Macaulay.

3. That by which the mind, or any of its activities, is
directed; that on which the purpose are fixed as the end
of action or effort; that which is sought for; end; aim;
motive; final cause.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Object \Ob*ject"\, a. [L. objectus, p. p.]
Opposed; presented in opposition; also, exposed. [Obs.]

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a
shadow; "it was full of rackets, balls and other
objects" [syn: {physical object}]
2: the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to
be attainable); "the sole object of her trip was to see
her children" [syn: {aim}, {objective}, {target}]
3: a grammatical constituent that is acted upon; "the object of
the verb"
4: the focus of cognitions or feelings; "objects of thought";
"the object of my affection"
v : express or raise an objection or protest; express dissent;
"She never objected to the amount of work her boss
charged her with"

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