предмет=вещь? предмет=урок? if i got it correct in some cases it means "thing", in some cases it means "lesson"?
There are several meanings of the noun "предмет" in Russian.
- A thing:
предмет домашнего обихода, предмет неопределённой формы.
An object of thought, action:
предмет спора,предмет любви.
Science or school subject:
школьные предметы, успевать по всем предметам.
Purpose in the phrase:
на предмет чего-то.
Предмет is a word whose meaning oscillates between "object" and "subject". Предмет doesn't mean "lesson", it means the thing that lessons are in — math, literature, etc. In English, these are called subjects, so there.
Word Предмет was created by the first famous russian scientist Vasiliy Lomonosov. It means the thing in front of your eyes. Point of interest. Or interest itself. Lomonosov used it to point to a subject of his scientific research.