What does Point mean?

Definitions for Point

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Point.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pointnoun

    a geometric element that has position but no extension

    "a point is defined by its coordinates"

  2. pointnoun

    the precise location of something; a spatially limited location

    "she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"

  3. pointnoun

    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"

  4. detail, item, pointnoun

    an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole

    "several of the details are similar"; "a point of information"

  5. degree, level, stage, pointnoun

    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?"

  6. point, point in timenoun

    an instant of time

    "at that point I had to leave"

  7. pointnoun

    the object of an activity

    "what is the point of discussing it?"

  8. point, tip, peaknoun

    a V shape

    "the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points"

  9. point, dotnoun

    a very small circular shape

    "a row of points"; "draw lines between the dots"

  10. pointnoun

    the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest

    "he scored 20 points in the first half"; "a touchdown counts 6 points"

  11. pointnoun

    a promontory extending out into a large body of water

    "they sailed south around the point"

  12. item, pointnoun

    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"

  13. pointnoun

    a style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect

  14. point, spotnoun

    an outstanding characteristic

    "his acting was one of the high points of the movie"

  15. pointnoun

    sharp end

    "he stuck the point of the knife into a tree"; "he broke the point of his pencil"

  16. compass point, pointnoun

    any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass

    "he checked the point on his compass"

  17. pointnoun

    a linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch

  18. pointnoun

    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

  19. period, point, full stop, stop, full pointnoun

    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"

  20. point, headnoun

    a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer

    "the point of the arrow was due north"

  21. decimal point, percentage point, pointnoun

    the dot at the left of a decimal fraction

  22. point, pointednessnoun

    the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp tip

  23. pointnoun

    a distinguishing or individuating characteristic

    "he knows my bad points as well as my good points"

  24. point, gunpointnoun

    the gun muzzle's direction

    "he held me up at the point of a gun"

  25. point, power pointnoun

    a wall socket

  26. distributor point, breaker point, pointverb

    a contact in the distributor; as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts them and current flows to the spark plugs

  27. indicate, point, designate, showverb

    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"

  28. orient, pointverb

    be oriented

    "The weather vane points North"; "the dancers toes pointed outward"

  29. charge, level, pointverb

    direct into a position for use

    "point a gun"; "He charged his weapon at me"

  30. steer, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, direct, point, head, guide, channelize, channeliseverb

    direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

  31. bespeak, betoken, indicate, point, signalverb

    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"

  32. luff, pointverb

    sail close to the wind

  33. pointverb

    mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics

  34. pointverb

    mark with diacritics

    "point the letter"

  35. pointverb

    mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes

  36. pointverb

    be positionable in a specified manner

    "The gun points with ease"

  37. target, aim, place, direct, pointverb

    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"

  38. pointverb

    indicate the presence of (game) by standing and pointing with the muzzle

    "the dog pointed the dead duck"

  39. sharpen, taper, pointverb

    give a point to

    "The candles are tapered"

  40. point, repointverb

    repair the joints of bricks

    "point a chimney"


  1. pointnoun

    A discrete division of something.

  2. pointnoun

    A sharp extremity.

  3. pointverb

    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.

  4. pointverb

    To draw attention to something or indicate a direction.

  5. pointverb

    to indicate a probability of something

  6. pointverb

    To repair mortar.

  7. pointverb

    To direct or encourage (someone) in a particular direction

    If he asks for food, point him toward the refrigerator.

  8. pointverb

    to separate an integer from a decimal with a decimal point

  9. pointverb

    to mark with diacritics

  10. pointverb

    To direct the central processing unit to seek information at a certain location in memory.

  11. pointverb

    To direct requests sent to a domain name to the IP address corresponding to that domain name.

  12. pointverb

    to sail close to the wind

    Bear off a little, we're pointing.

  13. Etymology: 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).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Point

    to appoint

  2. Pointnoun

    that which pricks or pierces; the sharp end of anything, esp. the sharp end of a piercing instrument, as a needle or a pin

  3. Pointnoun

    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

  4. Pointnoun

    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

  5. Pointnoun

    the mark made by the end of a sharp, piercing instrument, as a needle; a prick

  6. Pointnoun

    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

  7. Pointnoun

    an indivisible portion of time; a moment; an instant; hence, the verge

  8. Pointnoun

    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

  9. Pointnoun

    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

  10. Pointnoun

    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

  11. Pointnoun

    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

  12. Pointnoun

    a small matter; a trifle; a least consideration; a punctilio

  13. Pointnoun

    a dot or mark used to designate certain tones or time

  14. Pointnoun

    a dot or mark distinguishing or characterizing certain tones or styles; as, points of perfection, of augmentation, etc.; hence, a note; a tune

  15. Pointnoun

    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

  16. Pointnoun

    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

  17. Pointnoun

    one of the several different parts of the escutcheon. See Escutcheon

  18. Pointnoun

    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

  19. Pointnoun

    a short piece of cordage used in reefing sails. See Reef point, under Reef

  20. Pointnoun

    a a string or lace used to tie together certain parts of the dress

  21. Pointnoun

    lace wrought the needle; as, point de Venise; Brussels point. See Point lace, below

  22. Pointnoun

    a switch

  23. Pointnoun

    an item of private information; a hint; a tip; a pointer

  24. Pointnoun

    a fielder who is stationed on the off side, about twelve or fifteen yards from, and a little in advance of, the batsman

  25. Pointnoun

    the attitude assumed by a pointer dog when he finds game; as, the dog came to a point. See Pointer

  26. Pointnoun

    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

  27. Pointnoun

    a tyne or snag of an antler

  28. Pointnoun

    one of the spaces on a backgammon board

  29. Pointnoun

    a movement executed with the saber or foil; as, tierce point

  30. Pointnoun

    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

  31. Pointnoun

    to direct toward an abject; to aim; as, to point a gun at a wolf, or a cannon at a fort

  32. Pointnoun

    hence, to direct the attention or notice of

  33. Pointnoun

    to supply with punctuation marks; to punctuate; as, to point a composition

  34. Pointnoun

    to mark (as Hebrew) with vowel points

  35. Pointnoun

    to give particular prominence to; to designate in a special manner; to indicate, as if by pointing; as, the error was pointed out

  36. Pointnoun

    to indicate or discover by a fixed look, as game

  37. Pointnoun

    to fill up and finish the joints of (a wall), by introducing additional cement or mortar, and bringing it to a smooth surface

  38. Pointnoun

    to cut, as a surface, with a pointed tool

  39. Pointverb

    to direct the point of something, as of a finger, for the purpose of designating an object, and attracting attention to it; -- with at

  40. Pointverb

    to indicate the presence of game by fixed and steady look, as certain hunting dogs do

  41. Pointverb

    to approximate to the surface; to head; -- said of an abscess

  42. Etymology: [F. point, and probably also pointe, L. punctum, puncta, fr. pungere, punctum, to prick. See Pungent, and cf. Puncto, Puncture.]


  1. Point

    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

  1. Point

    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. punctumpungĕre, to prick.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. point

    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

  1. point

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. point

    A number created to assess eligibility to access a system.

    The housing system has a points structure to it to assess a person or people eligibility to a specific types of social housing.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 20, 2020  
  2. point

    Accurate location.

    The two points on the satellite navigation system were accurate.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 26, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Point' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #260

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Point' in Written Corpus Frequency: #184

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Point' in Nouns Frequency: #30

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Point' in Verbs Frequency: #161

Anagrams for Point »

  1. pinto

  2. pinot

  3. opt in, opt-in

  4. piton

  5. Opt in

  6. Opt-in

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Point in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Point in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Point in a Sentence

  1. David McLaughlin:

    Paramedics arrived on scene, and I see them put him in a four-point restraint or hogtie, I don't know how else to describe it.

  2. Gordana Biernat:

    Stillness is the absence of motion. There's no space for time to fly and no time for space to be. In stillness space and time are point-less.

  3. Michael Steele:

    I am just so exhausted with This President, at this point. ... We all knew this was coming and yet this administration has done jack about it.

  4. Grigory Berdennikov:

    We officially informed the IAEA secretariat that these units in Crimea are under Russian jurisdiction and offered the agency to apply guarantees according to our (Russian) agreement, the Russian Federation cannot agree to any point of the annual report.

  5. Ramchandar Gomajee:

    This study is the first to point out that even if smokers may succeed in stopping smoking with the aid of electronic cigarettes, they still need to be monitored by doctors and health professionals to prevent a relapse in the long term.

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Translations for Point

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  • نقطة, موقعArabic
  • точкаBulgarian
  • বিন্দুBengali
  • 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
  • ivaEstonian
  • 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
  • stigFaroese
  • 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
  • બિંદુGujarati
  • נקודהHebrew
  • बिंदुHindi
  • csúcs, pont, lényeg, tizedespont, hegy, szempont, mutat, tizedesvesszőHungarian
  • կետ, ստորակետ, ծայր, թերակղզի, վայր, մատնացույց անել, միավոր, բերան, պահ, տեղArmenian
  • puncto, puncta, indicarInterlingua
  • titikIndonesian
  • PintarIdo
  • punto, virgolaItalian
  • ポイント, 点, 指す, 先Japanese
  • წვერიGeorgian
  • 점, 포인트Korean
  • نووکKurdish
  • punctumLatin
  • taškasLithuanian
  • kātara, mata, pūwāhi, pōkanekane, kūreitangaMāori
  • बिंदूMarathi
  • mata, tujuMalay
  • spissNorwegian
  • बिन्दुNepali
  • doelpunt, komma, onderdeel, tijdpunt, standpunt, punt, plek, doelstelling, oord, locatie, schiereiland, eenheid, stopcontact, tijdstip, wijzen, tel, plaats, objectief, target, doelDutch
  • punktNorwegian
  • 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
  • punctRomanian
  • полуо́стров, мне́ние, взгляд, пункт, указывать, очко́, то́чка, край, моме́нт, ме́сто, цель, смысл, острыйRussian
  • बिन्दुSanskrit
  • konica, pokazati, točka, kazati, pikaSlovene
  • punkt, plats, poäng, peka ut, peka på, peka, komma, spetsSwedish
  • pointiSwahili
  • புள்ளிTamil
  • พินทุThai
  • tuldok, puntoTagalog
  • nơiVietnamese
  • pün, länalineg, tinisulVolapük
  • ponteWalloon
  • indawo, iphuzu, iphoyinti, isihloko, umklomeloZulu

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