noun a geometric element that has position but no extension
a point is defined by its coordinates
noun the precise location of something; a spatially limited location
she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street
noun 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
noun an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole
several of the details are similar
a point of information
noun a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process
stage; degree; level.
a remarkable degree of frankness
at what stage are the social sciences?
noun an instant of time
point in time.
at that point I had to leave
noun the object of an activity
what is the point of discussing it?
noun a V shape
the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points
noun a very small circular shape
a row of points
draw lines between the dots
noun the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest
he scored 20 points in the first half
a touchdown counts 6 points
noun a promontory extending out into a large body of water
they sailed south around the point
noun 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
noun a style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect
noun an outstanding characteristic
his acting was one of the high points of the movie
noun sharp end
he stuck the point of the knife into a tree
he broke the point of his pencil
noun any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass
he checked the point on his compass
noun a linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch
noun 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
noun a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations
full point; full stop; stop; period.
in England they call a period a stop
noun a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer
the point of the arrow was due north
noun the dot at the left of a decimal fraction
percentage point; decimal point.
noun the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp tip
noun a distinguishing or individuating characteristic
he knows my bad points as well as my good points
noun the gun muzzle's direction
he held me up at the point of a gun
noun a wall socket
noun a contact in the distributor; as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts them and current flows to the spark plugs
breaker point; distributor point.
verb indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively
show; indicate; designate.
I showed the customer the glove section
He pointed to the empty parking space
he indicated his opponents
verb be oriented
The weather vane points North
the dancers toes pointed outward
verb direct into a position for use
point a gun
He charged his weapon at me
verb direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
maneuver; head; direct; guide; channelise; manoeuvre; channelize; manoeuver; steer.
verb be a signal for or a symptom of
bespeak; indicate; signal; betoken.
These symptoms indicate a serious illness
Her behavior points to a severe neurosis
The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued
verb sail close to the wind
verb mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics
verb mark with diacritics
point the letter
verb mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes
verb be positionable in a specified manner
The gun points with ease
verb intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
aim; place; target; direct.
He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face
criticism directed at her superior
direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself
verb indicate the presence of (game) by standing and pointing with the muzzle
the dog pointed the dead duck
verb give a point to
The candles are tapered
verb repair the joints of bricks
point a chimney
Point transitive verb & intransitive verb
To appoint. Obs.
F. point, and probably also pointe, L. punctum, puncta, fr. pungere, punctum, to prick. See Pungent, and cf. Puncto, Puncture.
That which pricks or pierces; the sharp end of anything, esp. the sharp end of a piercing instrument, as a needle or a pin.
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.
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.
The mark made by the end of a sharp, piercing instrument, as a needle; a prick.
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.
An indivisible portion of time; a moment; an instant; hence, the verge.
When time's first point begun
Made he all souls.
Sir J. Davies.
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.
And there a point, for ended is my tale.
Commas and points they set exactly right.
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. "A point of precedence." Selden. "Creeping on from point to point." Tennyson.
A lord full fat and in good point.
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.
He told him, point for point, in short and plain.
In point of religion and in point of honor.
Shalt thou dispute
With Him the points of liberty ?
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. "Here lies the point."
They will hardly prove his point.
A small matter; a trifle; a least consideration; a punctilio.
This fellow doth not stand upon points.
[He] cared not for God or man a point.
(Mus.)A dot or mark used to designate certain tones or time; as: (a)(Anc. Mus.)A dot or mark distinguishing or characterizing certain tones or styles; as, points of perfection, of augmentation, etc.; hence, a note; a tune. "Sound the trumpet -- not a levant, or a flourish, but a point of war." Sir W. Scott. (b)(Mod. Mus.)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.
(Astron.)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.
(Her.)One of the several different parts of the escutcheon. See Escutcheon.
(Naut.)(a)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.(b)A short piece of cordage used in reefing sails. See Reef point, under Reef.
(Anc. Costume)A a string or lace used to tie together certain parts of the dress.Sir W. Scott.
Lace wrought the needle; as, point de Venise; Brussels point. See Point lace, below.
pl.(Railways)A switch. Eng.
An item of private information; a hint; a tip; a pointer. Cant, U. S.
(Cricket)A fielder who is stationed on the off side, about twelve or fifteen yards from, and a little in advance of, the batsman.
The attitude assumed by a pointer dog when he finds game; as, the dog came to a point. See Pointer.
(Type Making)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.
A tyne or snag of an antler.
One of the spaces on a backgammon board.
(Fencing)A movement executed with the saber or foil; as, tierce point.✍ The word point is a general term, much used in the sciences, particularly in mathematics, mechanics, perspective, and physics, but generally either in the geometrical sense, or in that of degree, or condition of change, and with some accompanying descriptive or qualifying term, under which, in the vocabulary, the specific uses are explained; as, boiling point, carbon point, dry point, freezing point, melting point, vanishing point, etc.
Point transitive verb
Cf. F. pointer. See Point, n.
imperfect & past participlePointed; present participle & verbal nounPointing
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.
To direct toward an abject; to aim; as, to point a gun at a wolf, or a cannon at a fort.
Hence, to direct the attention or notice of.
Whosoever should be guided through his battles by Minerva, and pointed to every scene of them.
To supply with punctuation marks; to punctuate; as, to point a composition.
To mark (as Hebrew) with vowel points.
To give particular prominence to; to designate in a special manner; to indicate, as if by pointing; as, the error was pointed out.Pope.
He points it, however, by no deviation from his straightforward manner of speech.
To indicate or discover by a fixed look, as game.
(Masonry)To fill up and finish the joints of (a wall), by introducing additional cement or mortar, and bringing it to a smooth surface.
(Stone Cutting)To cut, as a surface, with a pointed tool.
Point intransitive verb
To direct the point of something, as of a finger, for the purpose of designating an object, and attracting attention to it; -- with at.
Now must the world point at poor Katharine.
Point at the tattered coat and ragged shoe.
To indicate the presence of game by fixed and steady look, as certain hunting dogs do.
He treads with caution, and he points with fear.
(Med.)To approximate to the surface; to head; -- said of an abscess.