Definitions for pointpɔɪnt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a sharp or tapering end, as of a dagger.
a projecting part of anything:
a point of land.
something having a sharp or tapering end (often used in combination):
something that has position but not extension, as the intersection of two lines.
an embossed dot used in printing for the blind.
Ref: period (def. 6). 10
Ref: See under decimal fraction .
a pointed tool or instrument, as an etching needle.
Category: Building Trades
any of 32 separate horizontal directions on a compass, 11° 15~ apart.
Category: Nautical, Navy
a degree or stage:
frankness to the point of insult.
a particular instant of time.
a critical position in a course of affairs.
the important or essential thing:
the point of the matter.
an individual part or element of something:
noble points in her character.
a distinguishing mark or quality of an animal, used as a standard in stockbreeding, judging, etc.
a diacritic, as a dot or line, indicating a vowel or modification of a sound in a writing system.
Category: Phonetics, Language/Linguistics
a stone implement with a tapering end found in some Middle and Upper Paleolithic and Mesolithic industries, used primarily for hunting.
Category: Anthropology, Archaeology
points, the extremities of an animal, esp. a horse, dog, or cat. markings on the extremities of an animal, as on the ears, feet, and tail, that contrast in color with the rest of the body.
Category: Dogs, Cats, and Horses
points,Brit. a railroad switch.
Category: Railroads, British
a unit of count in the score of a game.
(in craps) the number that must be thrown to win but not including 7 or 11 on the first roll.
Ice Hockey. either of two positions, to the right or left of the goal, to which an attacking defenseman is assigned.
Category: Sports and Games
Basketball. a position in the rear of the front court, usu. taken by the point guard.
Category: Sports and Games
Cricket. the position of the fielder who plays in front of and to the offside of the batsman.
Chiefly Boxing. the end or tip of the chin.
the action of a hunting dog in locating game by direction of its head toward the game. such a position taken by a hunting dog.
a branch of an antler of a deer:
an eight-point buck.
Educ. a credit hour.
a unit of price quotation, as, in the U.S., one dollar in stock transactions. one percent of gross profits or of the face value of a loan, paid to an investor as compensation or by a borrower as a fee.
Category: Business, Common Vocabulary
Jewelry.a unit of weight equal to 1/100 of a carat.
Mil. a patrol that goes ahead of the advance party, or, sometimes, follows the rear party.
Ref: point man.
Print. a unit of type measurement equal to 0.013835 inch (1/72 inch), or 1/12 pica.
a unit of measure of paper or card thickness, equal to 1/1000 of an inch.
Category: Weights and Measures
Ref: point lace.
one of the divisions of a heraldic shield by which the position of a charge is determined.
the act of pointing.
Archaic. a tagged ribbon or cord, formerly much used in dress, as for tying or fastening parts.
(v.t.)to direct (the finger, a weapon, the attention, etc.) at, to, or upon something.
to indicate the presence or position of (usu. fol. by out):
to point out an object in the sky.
to direct attention to (usu. fol. by out):
to point out advantages.
to furnish with a point; sharpen.
to mark with points, dots, or the like.
to mark (letters, as in Arabic or Hebrew) with diacritics.
Category: Phonetics, Language/Linguistics
to separate (figures) by dots or points (usu. fol. by off).
to give greater or added force to (often fol. by up):
to point up the need for caution.
(of a hunting dog) to indicate the presence and location of (game) by standing rigid and facing toward the game.
Masonry. to fill the joints of (brickwork, stonework, etc.) with new mortar or cement.
Category: Building Trades
(v.i.)to indicate position or direction, as with the finger.
to direct the mind or thought in some direction; call attention to:
Everything points to their guilt.
to have or signify a tendency toward something:
Conditions point to inflation.
(of a hunting dog) to point game.
Naut. to sail close to the wind.
Category: Nautical, Navy
Idioms for point:
beside the point,irrelevant.
in point,pertinent; applicable:
a case in point.
in point of,as regards; in reference to:
in point of fact.
make a point of,to regard as important; insist upon.
onorat the point of,on the verge of; close to.
strain or stretch a point,to make a concession or exception.
to the point, relevant.
Origin of point:
1175–1225; ME point(e) < OF point dot, mark, place, moment (< L pūnctum, n. use of neut. ptp. of pungere to prick, stab) and pointe sharp end (< ML pūncta, n. use of fem. ptp. of L pungere)
a geometric element that has position but no extension
"a point is defined by its coordinates"
the precise location of something; a spatially limited location
"she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"
a brief version of the essential meaning of something
"get to the point"; "he missed the point of the joke"; "life has lost its point"
detail, item, point(noun)
an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole
"several of the details are similar"; "a point of information"
degree, level, stage, point(noun)
a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process
"a remarkable degree of frankness"; "at what stage are the social sciences?"
point, point in time(noun)
an instant of time
"at that point I had to leave"
the object of an activity
"what is the point of discussing it?"
point, tip, peak(noun)
a V shape
"the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points"
a very small circular shape
"a row of points"; "draw lines between the dots"
the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest
"he scored 20 points in the first half"; "a touchdown counts 6 points"
a promontory extending out into a large body of water
"they sailed south around the point"
a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list
"he noticed an item in the New York Times"; "she had several items on her shopping list"; "the main point on the agenda was taken up first"
a style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect
an outstanding characteristic
"his acting was one of the high points of the movie"
"he stuck the point of the knife into a tree"; "he broke the point of his pencil"
compass point, point(noun)
any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass
"he checked the point on his compass"
a linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch
one percent of the total principal of a loan; it is paid at the time the loan is made and is independent of the interest on the loan
period, point, full stop, stop, full point(noun)
a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations
"in England they call a period a stop"
a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer
"the point of the arrow was due north"
decimal point, percentage point, point(noun)
the dot at the left of a decimal fraction
the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp tip
a distinguishing or individuating characteristic
"he knows my bad points as well as my good points"
the gun muzzle's direction
"he held me up at the point of a gun"
point, power point(noun)
a wall socket
distributor point, breaker point, point(verb)
a contact in the distributor; as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts them and current flows to the spark plugs
indicate, point, designate, show(verb)
indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively
"I showed the customer the glove section"; "He pointed to the empty parking space"; "he indicated his opponents"
"The weather vane points North"; "the dancers toes pointed outward"
charge, level, point(verb)
direct into a position for use
"point a gun"; "He charged his weapon at me"
steer, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, direct, point, head, guide, channelize, channelise(verb)
direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
bespeak, betoken, indicate, point, signal(verb)
be a signal for or a symptom of
"These symptoms indicate a serious illness"; "Her behavior points to a severe neurosis"; "The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued"
sail close to the wind
mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics
mark with diacritics
"point the letter"
mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes
be positionable in a specified manner
"The gun points with ease"
target, aim, place, direct, point(verb)
intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
"He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face"; "criticism directed at her superior"; "direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself"
indicate the presence of (game) by standing and pointing with the muzzle
"the dog pointed the dead duck"
sharpen, taper, point(verb)
give a point to
"The candles are tapered"
repair the joints of bricks
"point a chimney"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a particular moment in time
At that point I was feeling pretty nervous.; We should call them at some point soon.
a particular place or position
Choose a point on the map and circle it.
a stage in a process
boiling point; At what point do children start losing their baby teeth?
an opinion or idea
There are several important points in the report.
to fail to understand what sb is trying to explain
You're missing the point. I didn't say I wanted to start again.
a quality or feature
There are good points and bad points to each option.
a good thing about sb or sth
Communication is one of your strong points.
a unit that shows the score in sports and games
How many points do you need to win?; to score a point
the end or tip of a sharp object
the point of the knife
a unit used to measure
The stock market fell by 1 point today.
to intend or be sure to do sth
She makes a point of stopping to talk to her employees every morning.
She was on the point of leaving when he arrived.
an opinion or judgment
other people's points of view; From my point of view, it'd be better to meet in the morning.
expressing sth without unnecessary detail
I'll be brief and to the point.
to some degree, but not entirely
He's right up to a point, but I don't agree with everything he says.
to indicate with your finger or a long object
Don't point, it's rude.; He was pointing at/to the door.
to be in a position that indicates a particular direction
The big hand is pointing to the five.
to aim sth at sb or sth
He was pointing the gun at the man's head.
A discrete division of something.
A sharp extremity.
To extend the index finger in the direction of something in order to show where it is or to draw attention to it.
It's rude to point at other people.
To draw attention to something or indicate a direction.
to indicate a probability of something
To repair mortar.
To direct or encourage (someone) in a particular direction
If he asks for food, point him toward the refrigerator.
to separate an integer from a decimal with a decimal point
to mark with diacritics
To direct the central processing unit to seek information at a certain location in memory.
To direct requests sent to a domain name to the IP address corresponding to that domain name.
to sail close to the wind
Bear off a little, we're pointing.
Origin: From point, from point, from punctum, prop. a hole punched in, substantive use of punctus, perfect passive participle of pungo. Displaced native ord (from ord).
that which pricks or pierces; the sharp end of anything, esp. the sharp end of a piercing instrument, as a needle or a pin
an instrument which pricks or pierces, as a sort of needle used by engravers, etchers, lace workers, and others; also, a pointed cutting tool, as a stone cutter's point; -- called also pointer
anything which tapers to a sharp, well-defined termination. Specifically: A small promontory or cape; a tract of land extending into the water beyond the common shore line
the mark made by the end of a sharp, piercing instrument, as a needle; a prick
an indefinitely small space; a mere spot indicated or supposed. Specifically: (Geom.) That which has neither parts nor magnitude; that which has position, but has neither length, breadth, nor thickness, -- sometimes conceived of as the limit of a line; that by the motion of which a line is conceived to be produced
an indivisible portion of time; a moment; an instant; hence, the verge
a mark of punctuation; a character used to mark the divisions of a composition, or the pauses to be observed in reading, or to point off groups of figures, etc.; a stop, as a comma, a semicolon, and esp. a period; hence, figuratively, an end, or conclusion
whatever serves to mark progress, rank, or relative position, or to indicate a transition from one state or position to another, degree; step; stage; hence, position or condition attained; as, a point of elevation, or of depression; the stock fell off five points; he won by tenpoints
that which arrests attention, or indicates qualities or character; a salient feature; a characteristic; a peculiarity; hence, a particular; an item; a detail; as, the good or bad points of a man, a horse, a book, a story, etc
hence, the most prominent or important feature, as of an argument, discourse, etc.; the essential matter; esp., the proposition to be established; as, the point of an anecdote
a small matter; a trifle; a least consideration; a punctilio
a dot or mark used to designate certain tones or time
a dot or mark distinguishing or characterizing certain tones or styles; as, points of perfection, of augmentation, etc.; hence, a note; a tune
a dot placed at the right hand of a note, to raise its value, or prolong its time, by one half, as to make a whole note equal to three half notes, a half note equal to three quarter notes
a fixed conventional place for reference, or zero of reckoning, in the heavens, usually the intersection of two or more great circles of the sphere, and named specifically in each case according to the position intended; as, the equinoctial points; the solstitial points; the nodal points; vertical points, etc. See Equinoctial Nodal
one of the several different parts of the escutcheon. See Escutcheon
one of the points of the compass (see Points of the compass, below); also, the difference between two points of the compass; as, to fall off a point
a short piece of cordage used in reefing sails. See Reef point, under Reef
a a string or lace used to tie together certain parts of the dress
lace wrought the needle; as, point de Venise; Brussels point. See Point lace, below
an item of private information; a hint; a tip; a pointer
a fielder who is stationed on the off side, about twelve or fifteen yards from, and a little in advance of, the batsman
the attitude assumed by a pointer dog when he finds game; as, the dog came to a point. See Pointer
a standard unit of measure for the size of type bodies, being one twelfth of the thickness of pica type. See Point system of type, under Type
a tyne or snag of an antler
one of the spaces on a backgammon board
a movement executed with the saber or foil; as, tierce point
to give a point to; to sharpen; to cut, forge, grind, or file to an acute end; as, to point a dart, or a pencil. Used also figuratively; as, to point a moral
to direct toward an abject; to aim; as, to point a gun at a wolf, or a cannon at a fort
hence, to direct the attention or notice of
to supply with punctuation marks; to punctuate; as, to point a composition
to mark (as Hebrew) with vowel points
to give particular prominence to; to designate in a special manner; to indicate, as if by pointing; as, the error was pointed out
to indicate or discover by a fixed look, as game
to fill up and finish the joints of (a wall), by introducing additional cement or mortar, and bringing it to a smooth surface
to cut, as a surface, with a pointed tool
to direct the point of something, as of a finger, for the purpose of designating an object, and attracting attention to it; -- with at
to indicate the presence of game by fixed and steady look, as certain hunting dogs do
to approximate to the surface; to head; -- said of an abscess
Translations for point
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the sharp end of anything
the point of a pin; a sword point; at gunpoint (= threatened by a gun).
- pontaPortuguese (BR)
- die SpitzeGerman
- αιχμή, άκρη, μύτηGreek
- नोक, अनीHindi
- hegy, csúcsHungarian
- 뾰족한 끝Korean
- smaile; (ass) galsLatvian
- ostrze, czubekPolish
- spets, udd, mynningSwedish
- 尖端，尖狀物Chinese (Trad.)
- вістря; наконечникUkrainian
- đầu nhọnVietnamese
- 尖端，尖状物Chinese (Simp.)
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