Object vs. Thing

Object vs. Thing — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Object and Thing

Objectnoun

A specific, individual, material entity, especially one that is not living or not sentient.

Thingnoun

An object or entity that is not or cannot be named specifically

What is this thing for?.

Objectnoun

A focus of attention, feeling, thought, or action

a product that was so bad it became an object of derision.

Thingnoun

An individual object, especially an inanimate object

There wasn't a thing in sight.

Objectnoun

A limiting factor that must be considered

Since money is no object, let's eat at that fancy place.

Thingnoun

A creature

That baby is the sweetest thing!.

Objectnoun

The purpose, aim, or goal of a specific action or effort

the object of the game.

Thingnoun

An entity or item

How many things are there on the test?.

Objectnoun

A noun, pronoun, or noun phrase that receives or is affected by the action of a verb within a sentence.

Thingnoun

Something referred to by a word, symbol, sign, or idea; a referent.

Objectnoun

A noun or substantive governed by a preposition and typically following it.

Thingnoun

things Articles of clothing

Put on your things and let's go.

Objectnoun

(Philosophy) Something intelligible to or perceptible by the mind.

Thingnoun

things Possessions, including clothing; belongings

Pack your things.it's time to go.

Objectnoun

A discrete item than can be selected and maneuvered, such as an onscreen graphic.

Thingnoun

often things(Law) That which can be possessed or owned

things personal.things real.

Objectnoun

In object-oriented programming, a structure that combines data and the procedures necessary to operate on that data.

Thingnoun

things The equipment needed for an activity or a special purpose.

Objectverb

To present a dissenting or opposing argument; raise an objection

objected to the testimony of the witness.

Thingnoun

An act, deed, or work

promised to do great things.

Objectverb

To be averse to or express disapproval of something

objects to modern materialism.

Thingnoun

The result of work or activity

is always building things.

Objectverb

To put forward in or as a reason for opposition; offer as criticism

They objected that discipline was lacking.

Thingnoun

A means to an end

just the thing to increase sales.

Objectnoun

A thing that has physical existence.

Thingnoun

A thought, notion, or utterance

What a rotten thing to say!.

Objectnoun

; the goal, end or purpose of something.

Thingnoun

A piece of information

wouldn't tell me a thing about the project.

Objectnoun

(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.

Thingnoun

An end or objective

In blackjack, the thing is to get nearest to 21 without going over.

Objectnoun

A person or thing toward which an emotion is directed.

Mary Jane had been the object of Peter's affection for years.The convertible, once the object of his desire, was now the object of his hatred.Where's your object of ridicule now?

Thingnoun

A matter of concern

many things on my mind.

Objectnoun

(object-oriented programming) An instantiation of a class or structure.

Thingnoun

A turn of events; a circumstance

The accident was a terrible thing.

Objectnoun

(category theory) An element within a category upon which functions operate. Thus, a category consists of a set of element objects and the functions that operate on them.

Thingnoun

A particular state of affairs; a situation

Let's deal with this thing promptly.

Objectnoun

(obsolete) Sight; show; appearance; aspect.

Thingnoun

things The general state of affairs; conditions

"Beneath the smooth surface of things, something was wrong" (Tom Wicker).

Objectverb

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

I object to the proposal to build a new airport terminal.

Thingnoun

(Informal) The latest fad or fashion

Drag racing was the thing then.

Objectverb

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

Thingnoun

(Informal) A persistent feeling, interest, desire, or aversion

She has a thing for him and keeps talking about him. I have a thing about seafood and never eat it.

Objectverb

To set before or against; to bring into opposition; to oppose.

Thingnoun

(Slang) An activity uniquely suitable and satisfying to one

Let him do his own thing. Mountain climbing is really my thing.

Objectnoun

a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow;

it was full of rackets, balls and other objects

Thingnoun

(Informal) Used to refer to something with disapproval or contempt

Where did you get that thing? I wouldn't drive that thing if you paid me.

Objectnoun

the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable);

the sole object of her trip was to see her children

Thingnoun

That which is considered to exist as a separate entity, object, quality or concept.

Objectnoun

(grammar) a constituent that is acted upon;

the object of the verb

Thingnoun

A word, symbol, sign, or other referent that can be used to refer to any entity.

Objectnoun

the focus of cognitions or feelings;

objects of thoughtthe object of my affection

Thingnoun

An individual object or distinct entity.

Objectverb

express or raise an objection or protest or criticism or express dissent;

She never objected to the amount of work her boss charged her withWhen asked to drive the truck, she objected that she did not have a driver's license

Thingnoun

(informal) A genuine concept, entity or phenomenon; something that actually exists (contrary to expectation or belief).

Bacon pie? Is that a thing?

Objectverb

be averse to or express disapproval of;

My wife objects to modern furniture

Thingnoun

(legal)

Thingnoun

Whatever can be owned.

Thingnoun

Corporeal object.

Thingnoun

The latest fad or fashion.

What do you mean you don't twerk, Stacy? It's the latest thing!

Thingnoun

(in the plural) Clothes, possessions or equipment.

Hold on, let me just grab my things.

Thingnoun

(informal) A unit or container, usually containing edible goods.

get me a thing of apple juice at the store;I just ate a whole thing of jelly beans

Thingnoun

(informal) A problem, dilemma, or complicating factor.

The car looks cheap, but the thing is, I have doubts about its safety.

Thingnoun

(slang) A penis.

Thingnoun

A living being or creature.

you poor thing;she's a funny old thing, but her heart's in the right place;I met a pretty blond thing at the bar

Thingnoun

That which matters; the crux.

that's the thing: we don't know where he went;the thing is, I don't have any money

Thingnoun

Used after a noun to refer dismissively to the situation surrounding the noun's referent.

Oh yeah, I'm supposed to promote that vision thing.

Thingnoun

(informal) That which is favoured; personal preference. (Used in possessive constructions.)

Thingnoun

A public assembly or judicial council in a Germanic country.

Thingnoun

(informal) A romantic relationship.

Thingverb

(rare) To express as a thing; to reify.

Thingnoun

a special situation;

this thing has got to endit is a remarkable thing

Thingnoun

an action;

how could you do such a thing?

Thingnoun

an artifact;

how does this thing work?

Thingnoun

an event;

a funny thing happened on the way to the...

Thingnoun

a statement regarded as an object;

to say the same thing in other termshow can you say such a thing?

Thingnoun

any attribute or quality considered as having its own existence;

the thing I like about her is ...

Thingnoun

a special abstraction;

a thing of the spiritthings of the heart

Thingnoun

a vaguely specified concern;

several matters to attend toit is none of your affairthings are going well

Thingnoun

an entity that is not named specifically;

I couldn't tell what the thing was

Thingnoun

a special objective;

the thing is to stay in bounds

Thingnoun

a persistent illogical feeling of desire or aversion;

he has a thing about seafoodshe has a thing about him

Thingnoun

a separate and self-contained entity