What does pointer mean?

Definitions for pointer
ˈpɔɪn tərpoint·er

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word pointer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. arrow, pointernoun

    a mark to indicate a direction or relation

  2. pointernoun

    an indicator as on a dial

  3. cursor, pointernoun

    (computer science) indicator consisting of a movable spot of light (an icon) on a visual display; moving it allows the user to point to commands or screen positions

  4. pointer, Spanish pointernoun

    a strong slender smooth-haired dog of Spanish origin having a white coat with brown or black patches; scents out and points to game


  1. pointernoun

    Anything that points or is used for pointing.

  2. pointernoun

    A needle-like component of a timepiece or measuring device that indicates the time or the current reading of the device.

  3. pointernoun

    A breed of hunting dog.

  4. pointernoun

    A variable that holds the address of a memory location where a value can be stored.

  5. pointernoun

    An icon that indicates the position of the mouse; a cursor.

  6. pointernoun

    A tip, a bit of advice (usually plural.)

    The instructor gave me some pointers on writing a good paper.

  7. pointernoun

    Something worth a given number of points.

    a ten-pointer

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pointernoun

    Etymology: from point.

    I ought to tell him what are the wheels, springs, pointer, hammer and bell whereby a clock gives notice of the time. Isaac Watts.

    The well taught pointer leads the way,
    The scent grows warm; he stops, he springs his prey. John Gay.


  1. pointer

    In programming, a pointer is a variable that stores the memory address of another value stored in the computer's memory. Rather than holding the actual value, it "points" to the location where the value is stored. Pointers are primarily used in lower-level programming languages like C and C++, and they are very powerful but can be complex to manage properly, often leading to bugs if not handled correctly.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pointernoun

    one who, or that which, points

  2. Pointernoun

    the hand of a timepiece

  3. Pointernoun

    one of a breed of dogs trained to stop at scent of game, and with the nose point it out to sportsmen

  4. Pointernoun

    the two stars (Merak and Dubhe) in the Great Bear, the line between which points nearly in the direction of the north star

  5. Pointernoun

    diagonal braces sometimes fixed across the hold


  1. Pointer

    The Pointer, often called the English Pointer, is a breed of dog developed as a gun dog. It is one of several pointing breeds.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. pointer

    The index or indicator of an instrument.--Station pointer. A brass graduated circle with one fixed and two radial legs; by placing them at two adjoining angles taken by a sextant between three known objects, the position of the observer is fixed on the chart.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Pointer

    This dog is so called on account of its remarkable instinct for pointing out or indicating to sportsmen the presence of game.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Pointer is ranked #4752 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Pointer surname appeared 7,453 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Pointer.

    47.3% or 3,530 total occurrences were Black.
    47.1% or 3,517 total occurrences were White.
    3% or 230 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.6% or 125 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.4% or 33 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.2% or 18 total occurrences were Asian.

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Anagrams for pointer »

  1. interop

  2. protein

  3. pterion

  4. repoint

  5. tropein

  6. tropine

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pointer in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pointer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of pointer in a Sentence

  1. Kaylee Muthart:

    So I pushed my thumb, pointer, and middle finger into each eye. I gripped each eyeball, twisted, and pulled until each eye popped out of the socket — it felt like a massive struggle, the hardest thing I ever had to do, because I could no longer see, I don't know if there was blood. But I know the drugs numbed the pain. I'm pretty sure I would have tried to claw right into my brain if a pastor hadn't heard me screaming, ‘I want to see the light!’ — which I don't recall saying — and restrained me.

  2. Fabian White Jr.:

    We have a lot of vets and older guys, so we’re not really fazed with the crowd getting loud or a hostile environment, the (3-pointer) was just the play that was there. If I wasn’t going to hit it, somebody else was going to.

  3. Bonnie Pointer:

    The Pointer Sisters never would have happened had it not been for Bonnie.

  4. Generation Xers:

    The obvious pointer is economics.

  5. James Harden:

    The Lakers, on their biggest possession of the night, went to Davis who was guarded by Eric Gordon, who stands about half-a-foot shorter than Davis. It led to an easy score for Davis with 1:47 left, and The Lakers had a bit of breathing room. Alex Caruso 3-pointer off a pass from James Harden with 34.6 seconds left made it 108-100, sealing the win. Obviously, weve got to be better.

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