a word or group of words representing the person or thing with reference to which the action of a verb is performed, in English generally coming between the verb and the direct object and paraphrasable as the object of a preposition, usually to or for, following the direct object, as the boy in He gave the boy a book.
(grammar) a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase indicating the recipient or beneficiary of the action of a verb and its direct object, as John in the sentence I bought John a newspaper Compare direct object
A noun, pronoun, or group of words naming something indirectly affected by the action of a verb: “She showed me some carpet samples”; “The agent handed the Prentice family their tickets.”
Note: Indirect objects can often take or suggest the preposition to. For example, “He showed (to) me the book.”
- Indirect ophthalmoscope
indirect ophthalmoscope n. An instrument designed to visualize the interior of the eye, with the instrument at arm’s length from the subject’s eye and the observer viewing an inverted image through a convex lens located between the instrument and the subject’s eye.
noun, U.S. Politics. 1. a primary in which members of a party elect delegates to a party convention that in turn elects the party’s candidates.
noun 1. an argument for a proposition that shows its negation to be incompatible with a previously accepted or established premise. noun 1. (logic, maths) proof of a conclusion by showing its negation to be self-contradictory; reductio ad absurdum Compare direct (sense 17)
- Indirect question
noun 1. a question reported in indirect speech, as in She asked why you came Compare direct question noun a question embedded in a sentence; an inquiry in reported speech, e.g. He asked who I was. Usage Note gram.