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project

[n. proj-ekt, -ikt; v. pruh-jekt] /n. ˈprɒdʒ ɛkt, -ɪkt; v. prəˈdʒɛkt/
noun
1.
something that is contemplated, devised, or planned; plan; scheme.
2.
a large or major undertaking, especially one involving considerable money, personnel, and equipment.
3.
a specific task of investigation, especially in scholarship.
4.
Education. a supplementary, long-term educational assignment necessitating personal initiative, undertaken by an individual student or a group of students.
5.
Often, projects. housing project.
verb (used with object), project
6.
to propose, contemplate, or plan.
7.
to throw, cast, or impel forward or onward.
8.
to set forth or calculate (some future thing):
They projected the building costs for the next five years.
9.
to throw or cause to fall upon a surface or into space, as a ray of light or a shadow.
10.
to cause (a figure or image) to appear, as on a background.
11.
to regard (something within the mind, as a feeling, thought, or attitude) as having some form of reality outside the mind:
He projected a thrilling picture of the party's future.
12.
to cause to jut out or protrude.
13.
Geometry.
  1. to throw forward an image of (a figure or the like) by straight lines or rays, either parallel, converging, or diverging, that pass through all its points and reproduce it on another surface or figure.
  2. to transform the points (of one figure) into those of another by a correspondence between points.
14.
to present (an idea, program, etc.) for consideration or action:
They made every effort to project the notion of world peace.
15.
to use (one's voice, gestures, etc.) forcefully enough to be perceived at a distance, as by all members of the audience in a theater.
16.
to communicate clearly and forcefully (one's thoughts, personality, role, etc.) to an audience, as in a theatrical performance; produce a compelling image of.
17.
to cause (the voice) to appear to come from a source other than oneself, as in ventriloquism; throw.
verb (used without object), project
18.
to extend or protrude beyond something else.
19.
to use one's voice forcefully enough to be heard at a distance, as in a theater.
20.
to produce a clear impression of one's thoughts, personality, role, etc., in an audience; communicate clearly and forcefully.
21.
Psychology. to ascribe one's own feelings, thoughts, or attitudes to others.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; (noun) Middle English project(e) design, plan < Medieval Latin prōjectum, Latin: projecting part, noun use of neuter of Latin prōjectus, past participle of prōicere to throw forward, extend, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + -icere, combining form of jacere to throw; (v.) late Middle English project(e) (past participle) extended, projected < Latin prōjectus
Related forms
projectable, adjective
projectingly, adverb
counterproject, noun
nonprojecting, adjective
reproject, verb
subproject, noun
unprojected, adjective
unprojecting, adjective
Synonyms
1. proposal. See plan. 6. contrive, scheme, plot, devise. 8. predict. 18. bulge, obtrude, overhang.
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Examples from the web for project
  • The road is long from the project to its completion.
  • He entertains your thought or your project with sympathy and praise.
  • The boring project manager, in other words, meant more to the success or failure of the project than did the flashy designer.
  • If the dollar goal isn't met, the project's funds aren't collected and dispersed.
  • The project is a public-private partnership, and the private firms involved are also committing considerable sums to it.
  • For a slightly more ambitious project, turn two or more chairs into an eclectic set.
  • The project moves me toward my goal of publishing more complex fiction with a larger publishing house.
  • They can prevent you from publishing data gathered for a project that was not submitted for consideration.
  • The project is situated on a plot of land, adjacent to the campus, that was once a golf course.
  • They may also be reluctant to embark on a project in a country that they do not know.
British Dictionary definitions for project

project

noun (ˈprɒdʒɛkt)
1.
a proposal, scheme, or design
2.
  1. a task requiring considerable or concerted effort, such as one by students
  2. the subject of such a task
3.
(US) short for housing project
verb (prəˈdʒɛkt)
4.
(transitive) to propose or plan
5.
(transitive) to predict; estimate; extrapolate: we can project future needs on the basis of the current birth rate
6.
(transitive) to throw or cast forwards
7.
to jut or cause to jut out
8.
(transitive) to send forth or transport in the imagination: to project oneself into the future
9.
(transitive) to cause (an image) to appear on a surface
10.
to cause (one's voice) to be heard clearly at a distance
11.
(psychol)
  1. (intransitive) (esp of a child) to believe that others share one's subjective mental life
  2. to impute to others (one's hidden desires and impulses), esp as a means of defending oneself Compare introject
12.
(transitive) (geometry) to draw a projection of
13.
(intransitive) to communicate effectively, esp to a large gathering
Word Origin
C14: from Latin prōicere to throw down, from pro-1 + iacere to throw
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Word Origin and History for project
n.

c.1400, "a plan, draft, scheme," from Latin proiectum "something thrown forth," noun use of neuter of proiectus, past participle of proicere "stretch out, throw forth," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + combining form of iacere (past participle iactus) "to throw" (see jet (v.)).

Meaning "scheme, proposal, mental plan" is from c.1600. Meaning "group of low-rent apartment buildings" first recorded 1935, American English, short for housing project (1932). Related: Projects. Project manager attested from 1913.

v.

late 15c., "to plan," from Latin proiectus, past participle of proicere (see project (n.)). Sense of "to stick out" is from 1718. Meaning "to cast an image on a screen" is recorded from 1865. Psychoanalytical sense, "attribute to another (unconsciously)" is from 1895 (implied in a use of projective). Meaning "convey to others by one's manner" is recorded by 1955. Related: Projected; projecting.

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project in Medicine

project proj·ect (prŏj'kt', -ĭkt)
n.

  1. A plan or proposal; a scheme.

  2. An undertaking requiring concerted effort.

v. (prə-jěkt') pro·ject·ed, pro·ject·ing, pro·jects
  1. To extend forward or out; jut out:

  2. To cause an image to appear on a surface.

  3. In psychology, to externalize and attribute something, such as an emotion, to someone or something else.

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Slang definitions & phrases for project

project

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project in Technology


Subsystem of ICES. Sammet 1969, p.616.

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