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"
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
Origin: [F. point, and probably also pointe, L. punctum, puncta, fr. pungere, punctum, to prick. See Pungent, and cf. Puncto, Puncture.]
In geometry, topology, and related branches of mathematics, a spatial point is a primitive notion upon which other concepts may be defined. In geometry, points are zero-dimensional; i.e., they do not have volume, area, length, or any other higher-dimensional analogue. In branches of mathematics dealing with set theory, an element is sometimes referred to as a point.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
point, n. anything coming to a sharp end: the mark made by a sharp instrument: (geom.) that which has position but not length, breadth, or thickness: a mark showing the divisions of a sentence: (mus.) a dot at the right hand of a note to lengthen it by one-half: needle-point lace: a very small space: a moment of time: a small affair: a single thing: a single assertion: the precise thing to be considered: anything intended: exact place: degree: the unit of count in a game: (print.) a unit of measurement for type-bodies: an advantage: that which stings, as the point of an epigram: an imaginary relish, in 'potatoes and point:' a lively turn of thought: that which awakens attention: a peculiarity, characteristic: (cricket) the fielder standing at the immediate right of the batsman, and slightly in advance: a signal given by a trumpet: (pl.) chief or excellent features, as of a horse, &c.: the switch or movable rails which allow a train to pass from one line to another.—v.t. to give a point to: to sharpen: to aim: to direct one's attention: to punctuate, as a sentence: to fill the joints of with mortar, as a wall.—v.i. to direct the finger, the eye, or the mind towards an object: to show game by looking, as a dog.—adj. Point′ed, having a sharp point: sharp: intended for some particular person: personal: keen: telling: (archit.) having sharply-pointed arches, Gothic.—adv. Point′edly.—ns. Point′edness; Point′er, that which points: a dog trained to point out game; Point′ing, the act of sharpening: the marking of divisions in writing by points or marks: act of filling the crevices of a wall with mortar; Point′ing-stock, a thing to be pointed at, a laughing-stock; Point′-lace, a fine kind of lace wrought with the needle.—adj. Point′less, having no point: blunt: dull: wanting keenness or smartness; Points′man, a man who has charge of the points or switches on a railway; Point′-sys′tem, a standard system of sizes for type-bodies, one point being .0138 inch.—Point for point, exactly: all particulars; Point of order, a question raised in a deliberative society as to whether proceedings are according to the rules; Point of view, the position from which one looks at anything; Point out (B.), to assign; Points of the compass, the points north, south, east, and west, along with the twenty-eight smaller divisions, marked on the card of the mariner's compass.—At all points, completely; At, or On, the point of, just about to; Cardinal point (see Cardinal); Carry one's point, to gain what one contends for in controversy; From point to point, from one particular to another; Give points to, to give odds to: to give an advantageous hint on any subject; In point, apposite; In point of, with regard to; Make a point of, to attach special importance to; Stand upon points, to be over-scrupulous; Strain a point, to go beyond proper limits; To the point, appropriate. [O. Fr.,—L. punctum—pungĕre, to prick.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
A low spit of land projecting from the main into the sea, almost synonymous with promontory or head. Also, the rhumb the winds blow from.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
In heraldry, a triangular figure issuing from the dexter and sinister base of the shield. It is common in French and German heraldry, and occurs in the shield of Hanover, which was a part of the royal arms of Great Britain from the accession of George I. till that of the present sovereign. A shield charged with a point is in heraldic drawing hardly distinguishable from one parted per chevron.
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Rank popularity for the word 'Point' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #260
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Point' in Written Corpus Frequency: #184
Rank popularity for the word 'Point' in Nouns Frequency: #30
Rank popularity for the word 'Point' in Verbs Frequency: #161
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The numerical value of Point in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of Point in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
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- نقطة, موقعArabic
- punt, endollCatalan, Valencian
- ukázat, špička, výběžek, bod, čárka, nasměrovat, okamžik, místoCzech
- punktum, pege, komma, punkt, point, tidspunkt, pointeDanish
- Punkt, Komma, zeigen, Spitze, Landzunge, Standpunkt, Zeitpunkt, Halbinsel, PeninsulaGerman
- σημείο, μνεία, θέση, δείχνω, βαθμός, ακίδα, μύτη, ακρωτήριο, στιγμή, αναφορά, αιχμή, υποδιαστολή, κόμμαGreek
- poento, punktoEsperanto
- [[punto]], punto, indicar, apuntar, puntaSpanish
- نقطه, پوانPersian
- pilkku, yksityiskohta, niemenkärki, kärki, nokka, pointti, piikki, rahtu, kiila, hetki, ilmansuunta, kunto, osoittaa, osoitella, täplä, piste, kymmenys, desimaalipilkku, pistorasia, sähköpiste, niemimaa, vaihe, hitunen, niemi, vaihde, näkökohta, näyttää, paikka, puoli, mieli, järkiFinnish
- indiquer, instant, point, but, objectif, pointe, virgule, flèche, case, point de vue, avis, pointer, dixième, prise, prise électrique, aiguillage, aiguille, péninsule, détail, opinionFrench
- pointe, ponc, pointe ama, tráth, bior, rinn, rinn compáis, aird an chompáis, áit, pointe deachúlachIrish
- àm, sròn, àird, àite, puing, seòl, bàrr, tomh, brìgh, amais, rubhaScottish Gaelic
- csúcs, pont, lényeg, tizedespont, hegy, szempont, mutat, tizedesvesszőHungarian
- կետ, ստորակետ, ծայր, թերակղզի, վայր, մատնացույց անել, միավոր, բերան, պահ, տեղArmenian
- puncto, puncta, indicarInterlingua
- punto, virgolaItalian
- ポイント, 点, 指す, 先Japanese
- 점, 포인트Korean
- kātara, mata, pūwāhi, pōkanekane, kūreitangaMāori
- mata, tujuMalay
- doelpunt, komma, onderdeel, tijdpunt, standpunt, punt, plek, doelstelling, oord, locatie, schiereiland, eenheid, stopcontact, tijdstip, wijzen, tel, plaats, objectief, target, doelDutch
- ਬਿੰਦੂPanjabi, Punjabi
- ostrze, szpic, chwila, punkt, wskazywać, kierować, punkty, przecinek, czubek, cypel, moment, punkt widzeniaPolish
- pingo, ponto, apontar, objetivo, [[apontar]] [[para]], pontinha, décimo, península, direção, vírgula, ponta, milésimo, instante, propósito, indicar, ponto final, agulhaPortuguese
- полуо́стров, мне́ние, взгляд, пункт, указывать, очко́, то́чка, край, моме́нт, ме́сто, цель, смысл, острыйRussian
- konica, pokazati, točka, kazati, pikaSlovene
- punkt, plats, poäng, peka ut, peka på, peka, komma, spetsSwedish
- tuldok, puntoTagalog
- pün, länalineg, tinisulVolapük
- indawo, iphuzu, iphoyinti, isihloko, umklomeloZulu
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