physical object


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Noun1.physical object - a tangible and visible entityphysical object - a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow; "it was full of rackets, balls and other objects"
physical entity - an entity that has physical existence
whole, unit - an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity; "how big is that part compared to the whole?"; "the team is a unit"
location - a point or extent in space
good luck charm, charm - something believed to bring good luck
curio, curiosity, oddment, peculiarity, rarity, oddity - something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting
draw, lot - anything (straws or pebbles etc.) taken or chosen at random; "the luck of the draw"; "they drew lots for it"
film - a thin coating or layer; "the table was covered with a film of dust"
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; "some of the items in the collection are mere makeweights"
part, portion - something less than the whole of a human artifact; "the rear part of the house"; "glue the two parts together"
prop, property - any movable articles or objects used on the set of a play or movie; "before every scene he ran down his checklist of props"
snake - something long, thin, and flexible that resembles a snake
stuff - miscellaneous unspecified objects; "the trunk was full of stuff"
small beer, trivia, triviality, trifle - something of small importance
paring - (usually plural) a part of a fruit or vegetable that is pared or cut off; especially the skin or peel; "she could peel an apple with a single long paring"
catch - anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching); "he shared his catch with the others"
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; "the findings in the gastrointestinal tract indicate that he died several hours after dinner"; "an area rich in archaeological findings"
floater - an object that floats or is capable of floating
fomite, vehicle - 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 - (geology) the geological features of the earth
growth - something grown or growing; "a growth of hair"
hail - many objects thrown forcefully through the air; "a hail of pebbles"; "a hail of bullets"
head - a rounded compact mass; "the head of a comet"
ice - the frozen part of a body of water
dry land, ground, solid ground, terra firma, earth, land - the solid part of the earth's surface; "the plane turned away from the sea and moved back over land"; "the earth shook for several minutes"; "he dropped the logs on the ground"
land, soil, ground - material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use); "the land had never been plowed"; "good agricultural soil"
moon - any object resembling a moon; "he made a moon lamp that he used as a night light"; "the clock had a moon that showed various phases"
neighbor, neighbour - a nearby object of the same kind; "Fort Worth is a neighbor of Dallas"; "what is the closest neighbor to the Earth?"
remains - any object that is left unused or still extant; "I threw out the remains of my dinner"
ribbon, thread - any long object resembling a thin line; "a mere ribbon of land"; "the lighted ribbon of traffic"; "from the air the road was a grey thread"; "a thread of smoke climbed upward"
shiner - something that shines (with emitted or reflected light)
vagabond - anything that resembles a vagabond in having no fixed place; "pirate ships were vagabonds of the sea"
wall - anything that suggests a wall in structure or function or effect; "a wall of water"; "a wall of smoke"; "a wall of prejudice"; "negotiations ran into a brick wall"
web - an intricate network suggesting something that was formed by weaving or interweaving; "the trees cast a delicate web of shadows over the lawn"
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On this theory, a physical object is coincident with the region of spacetime which it exactly fills.
Unlike other scientific units, which can theoretically be measured anywhere in the world based on natural properties, the kilogram is still based on a physical object: a cylinder of platinum and iridium that dates back to 1889.
However, other experts say an alien would send a message via a physical object because radio signals break up during space travel.
Indeed, in order to follow their movements and map them onto his work, Starling often composes itineraries for himself that take him far away from the world of art and design--so far, in fact, that one often wonders how the artist manages to return us, as well as himself, to the starting point and to somehow pack all the experience gathered during the journey into a physical object on display.
However, other experts claim an alien would send a message via a physical object because radio signals break up during space travel.
But whereas Settis aims to follow the labyrinths of interpretations without being caught in them and to ultimately extricate the work of art from its interpretive fortunes, Brilliant prefers to implicate the physical object in the trajectory of its own critical discourse.
Recording the image of a man positioned like Atlas holding up the world, the projection existed as a physical object in the exhibition space, with a front and back that registered both sides of the performer's pose, in a nod to earlier experiments like Michael Snow's double-sided projection Two Sides to Every Story, 1974.
Henceforth consumers began to define themselves by means of their "durables," as in the qualities of "taste and refinement." In this fashion, the reader is led almost imperceptibly from physical object to discriminating consciousness, from material culture to high culture.
Since, however, no one (not even God!) can be acquainted with another person or with a physical object, no one can grasp the haecceity of another person or the haecceity of a physical object.

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