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  1. pointingnoun

    Mortar that has been placed between bricks to hold them together. This is not strictly speaking correct word to use in this context, mortar would be the correct word, or joint filling. (or perhaps applies in the US only) This term is often misused as meaning mortar or joint filling, as 'repointing' is the action of making good and repairing of joints between stone.

  2. pointingnoun

    The action of the verb to point.


  1. Pointing

    Pointing is a gesture specifying a direction from a person's body, usually indicating a location, person, event, thing or idea. It typically is formed by extending the arm, hand, and index finger, although it may be functionally similar to other hand gestures. Types of pointing may be subdivided according to the intention of the person, as well as by the linguistic function it serves. Pointing typically develops within the first two years of life in humans, and plays an important role in language development and reading in children. It is central to the use of sign language, with a large number of signs being some variation on pointing. The nature of pointing may differ for children who have autism or who are deaf, and may also vary by gender. It is typically not observed in children who are blind from birth. Pointing may vary substantially across cultures, with some having many distinct types of pointing, both with regard to the physical gestures employed and their interpretation. Pointing, especially at other people, may be considered inappropriate or rude in certain contexts and in many cultures. It is generally regarded as a species-specific human feature that does not normally occur in other primates in the wild. It has been observed in animals in captivity; however, there is disagreement on the nature of this non-human pointing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pointing

    of Point

  2. Pointingnoun

    the act of sharpening

  3. Pointingnoun

    the act of designating, as a position or direction, by means of something pointed, as a finger or a rod

  4. Pointingnoun

    the act or art of punctuating; punctuation

  5. Pointingnoun

    the act of filling and finishing the joints in masonry with mortar, cement, etc.; also, the material so used

  6. Pointingnoun

    the rubbing off of the point of the wheat grain in the first process of high milling

  7. Pointingnoun

    the act or process of measuring, at the various distances from the surface of a block of marble, the surface of a future piece of statuary; also, a process used in cutting the statue from the artist's model

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. pointing

    The operation of unlaying and tapering the end of a rope, and weaving some of its yarns about the diminished part, which is very neat to the eye, prevents it from being fagged out, and makes it handy for reeving in a block, &c.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. pointing

    To point or aim a fire-arm is, to give it such direction and elevation that the projectile shall strike the object.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pointing' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4192

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pointing' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4793

Anagrams for pointing »

  1. opting in

  2. pitoning

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pointing in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pointing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of pointing in a Sentence

  1. Chip Roy:

    We can go around and around in circles about trying to talk about and defining socialism, but at its core I was intrigued by an op-ed that I saw not too long ago by a Democrat from Cuba commenting on one of our colleagues, an avowed socialist, and essentially pointing out the extent to which democratic socialism is a lot like the system my family fled except its proponents promised to be nicer when seizing your business. That’s the truth, we can talk about these terms as if they don't matter, but they do. They do matter. They're actually at the core of who we are.

  2. David Fry:

    I'm actually pointing a gun at my head.

  3. Martha McSally:

    The Democrats have been effective in attacking us and branding us in a way that’s just not accurate, so in my race … my opponent, a white man, was trying to lump me in the war on women, she said, pointing to a Democratic attack line during the 2012 election accusing Republicans of waging a.

  4. James Firebrace:

    Fuel is needed to pump water and irrigate crops. Yemen's fishermen have been unable to go out and fish from lack of fuel, all of this is pointing to a severe breakdown in the functioning of the country's economy - both rural and urban.

  5. Chuck Grassley:

    We've all seen the finger-pointing. Every link in the supply chain has gotten skilled at that, but, like most Americans, I'm sick and tired of the blame game. It's time for solutions.

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  • اشارہ کرناUrdu

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