What does pointer mean?

Definitions for pointer
ˈpɔɪn tərpoint·er

Here are all the possible meanings 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.

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.

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  1. interop, protein, pterion, repoint, tropein, 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. Anita PointerShe:

    The Pointer Sisters family is devastated, on behalf of my siblings and I and the entire Pointer family, The Pointer Sisters ask for your prayers at this time.

  2. Tim Phillips:

    After 4 years of hunting the St. Paul giant I finally was lucky enough to bag him. #Walter 39 pointer counting ring hooks. 32 points counting inch or more. ROUGH SCORE 243!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Andres Meira:

    The science is all there, we have tested it out in two earthquakes and they worked just fine. One was a seven pointer (on the Richter scale) and it worked perfectly.

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