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Definitions for pointer
ˈpɔɪn tərpoint·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. arrow, pointer(noun)

    a mark to indicate a direction or relation

  2. pointer(noun)

    an indicator as on a dial

  3. cursor, pointer(noun)

    (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 pointer(noun)

    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. pointer(Noun)

    Anything that points or is used for pointing.

  2. pointer(Noun)

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

  3. pointer(Noun)

    A breed of hunting dog.

  4. pointer(Noun)

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

  5. pointer(Noun)

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

  6. pointer(Noun)

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

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

  7. pointer(Noun)

    Something worth a given number of points.

    a ten-pointer

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pointer(noun)

    one who, or that which, points

  2. Pointer(noun)

    the hand of a timepiece

  3. Pointer(noun)

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

  4. Pointer(noun)

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

  5. Pointer(noun)

    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.

Anagrams for pointer »

  1. interop, protein, pterion, repoint, tropein, tropine

How to pronounce pointer?

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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. L.F. Magister:

    The time just passes quickly when we are involved with something that makes us pay more attention in moment than the clocks pointer.

  2. Bonnie Pointer:

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

  3. Generation Xers:

    The obvious pointer is economics.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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    an outward bevel around a door or window that makes it seem larger
    • A. dicotyledonous
    • B. repugnant
    • C. splay
    • D. numinous

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