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pointed Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively
    show; indicate; designate; point.
    • I showed the customer the glove section
    • He pointed to the empty parking space
    • he indicated his opponents
  2. verb be oriented
    orient; point.
    • The weather vane points North
    • the dancers toes pointed outward
  3. verb direct into a position for use
    charge; point; level.
    • point a gun
    • He charged his weapon at me
  4. verb direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
    maneuver; head; point; direct; guide; channelise; manoeuvre; channelize; manoeuver; steer.
  5. verb be a signal for or a symptom of
    bespeak; indicate; signal; betoken; point.
    • These symptoms indicate a serious illness
    • Her behavior points to a severe neurosis
    • The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued
  6. verb sail close to the wind
    luff; point.
  7. verb mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics
  8. verb mark with diacritics
    • point the letter
  9. verb mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes
  10. verb be positionable in a specified manner
    • The gun points with ease
  11. verb intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
    aim; point; 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
  12. verb indicate the presence of (game) by standing and pointing with the muzzle
    • the dog pointed the dead duck
  13. verb give a point to
    sharpen; point; taper.
    • The candles are tapered
  14. verb repair the joints of bricks
    repoint; point.
    • point a chimney
  15. adjective having a point
  16. adjective satellite direct and obvious in meaning or reference; often unpleasant
    • a pointed critique
    • a pointed allusion to what was going on
    • another pointed look in their direction

Point"ed adjective
  1. Sharp; having a sharp point; as, a pointed rock.
  2. Characterized by sharpness, directness, or pithiness of expression; terse; epigrammatic; especially, directed to a particular person or thing.
    His moral pleases, not his pointed wit. Pope.
    -- Point"ed*ly, adv. -- Point"ed*ness, n.

Webster 1913