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  1. intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; "He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face"; "criticism directed at her superior"; "direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. be a signal for or a symptom of; "These symptoms indicate a serious illness"; "Her behavior points to a severe neurosis"; "The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a contact in the distributor; as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts distributor points and current flows to the spark plugs Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. direct the course; determine the direction of travelling Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass; "he checked the point on his compass" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process; "a remarkable degree of frankness"; "at what stage are the social sciences?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole; "several of the details are similar"; "a point of information" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. a very small circular shape; "a row of points"; "draw lines between the dots" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations; "in England they call a period a stop" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. the gun muzzle's direction; "he held me up at the point of a gun" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively; "I showed the customer the glove section"; "He pointed to the empty parking space"; "he indicated his opponents" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. sail close to the wind Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. be oriented; "The weather vane points North" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. a V shape; "the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. sharp end; "he stuck the point of the knife into a tree"; "he broke the point of his pencil" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. (British) a wall socket Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. an outstanding characteristic; "his acting was one of the high points of the movie" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. a distinguishing or individuating characteristic; "he knows my bad points as well as my good points" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp point Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  21. a geometric element that has position but no extension; "a point is defined by its coordinates" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  22. a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer; "the point of the arrow was due north" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  23. repair the joints of bricks; "point a chimney" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  24. give a point to; "The candles are tapered" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  25. a wall socket Wordnet Dictionary DB
  26. the object of an activity; "what is the point of discussing it?" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  27. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  28. the precise location of something; a spatially limited location; "she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  29. a promontory extending out into a large body of water; "they sailed south around the point" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  30. the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest; "he scored 20 points in the first half"; "a touchdown counts 6 points" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  31. a linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch Wordnet Dictionary DB
  32. a style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect Wordnet Dictionary DB
  33. an instant of time; "at that point I had to leave" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  34. direct into a position for use; "point a gun"; "He charged his weapon at me" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  35. be positionable in a specified manner; "The gun points with ease" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  36. mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes Wordnet Dictionary DB
  37. mark with diacritics; "point the letter" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  38. mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics Wordnet Dictionary DB
  39. One of the raised dots used in certain systems of printing and writing for the blind. The first practical system was that devised by Louis Braille in 1829, and still used in Europe (see Braille). Two modifications of this are current in the United States: New York point founded on three bases of equidistant points arranged in two lines (viz., : :: :::), and a later improvement, American Braille, embodying the Braille base (:::) and the New-York-point principle of using the characters of few points for the commonest letters. Webster Dictionary DB
  40. In various games, a position of a certain player, or, by extension, the player himself; Webster Dictionary DB
  41. The position of the player of each side who stands a short distance in front of the goal keeper; also, the player himself. Webster Dictionary DB
  42. The position of the pitcher and catcher. Webster Dictionary DB
  43. A spot to which a straight run is made; hence, a straight run from point to point; a cross-country run. Webster Dictionary DB
  44. The perpendicular rising of a hawk over the place where its prey has gone into cover. Webster Dictionary DB
  45. Act of pointing, as of the foot downward in certain dance positions. Webster Dictionary DB
  46. To appoint. Webster Dictionary DB
  47. That which pricks or pierces; the sharp end of anything, esp. the sharp end of a piercing instrument, as a needle or a pin. Webster Dictionary DB
  48. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  49. The mark made by the end of a sharp, piercing instrument, as a needle; a prick. Webster Dictionary DB
  50. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  51. An indivisible portion of time; a moment; an instant; hence, the verge. Webster Dictionary DB
  52. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  53. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  54. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  55. A small matter; a trifle; a least consideration; a punctilio. Webster Dictionary DB
  56. A dot or mark used to designate certain tones or time Webster Dictionary DB
  57. A dot or mark distinguishing or characterizing certain tones or styles; as, points of perfection, of augmentation, etc.; hence, a note; a tune. Webster Dictionary DB
  58. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  59. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  60. One of the several different parts of the escutcheon. See Escutcheon. Webster Dictionary DB
  61. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  62. A short piece of cordage used in reefing sails. See Reef point, under Reef. Webster Dictionary DB
  63. A a string or lace used to tie together certain parts of the dress. Webster Dictionary DB
  64. Lace wrought the needle; as, point de Venise; Brussels point. See Point lace, below. Newage Dictionary DB
  65. A switch. Webster Dictionary DB
  66. An item of private information; a hint; a tip; a pointer. Webster Dictionary DB
  67. A fielder who is stationed on the off side, about twelve or fifteen yards from, and a little in advance of, the batsman. Webster Dictionary DB
  68. The attitude assumed by a pointer dog when he finds game; as, the dog came to a point. See Pointer. Webster Dictionary DB
  69. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  70. A tyne or snag of an antler. Webster Dictionary DB
  71. One of the spaces on a backgammon board. Webster Dictionary DB
  72. A movement executed with the saber or foil; as, tierce point. Webster Dictionary DB
  73. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  74. To direct toward an abject; to aim; as, to point a gun at a wolf, or a cannon at a fort. Webster Dictionary DB
  75. Hence, to direct the attention or notice of. Webster Dictionary DB
  76. To supply with punctuation marks; to punctuate; as, to point a composition. Webster Dictionary DB
  77. To mark (as Hebrew) with vowel points. Webster Dictionary DB
  78. To give particular prominence to; to designate in a special manner; to indicate, as if by pointing; as, the error was pointed out. Webster Dictionary DB
  79. To indicate or discover by a fixed look, as game. Webster Dictionary DB
  80. To fill up and finish the joints of (a wall), by introducing additional cement or mortar, and bringing it to a smooth surface. Webster Dictionary DB
  81. To cut, as a surface, with a pointed tool. Webster Dictionary DB
  82. To indicate the presence of game by fixed and steady look, as certain hunting dogs do. Webster Dictionary DB
  83. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  84. Lace wrought the needle; as, point de Venise; Brussels point. See lace, below. Webster Dictionary DB
  85. A standard unit of measure for the size of type bodies, being one twelfth of the thickness of pica type. See system of type, under Type. Webster Dictionary DB
  86. To direct the point of something, as of a finger, for the purpose of designating an object, and attracting attention to it; - with at. Webster Dictionary DB
  87. To approximate to the surface; to head; - said of an abscess. Webster Dictionary DB
  88. A pointed piece of quill or bone covered at one end with vaccine matter; - called also vaccine point. Webster Dictionary DB
  89. The sharp end of a thing; as, the point of a pin; a tapering end of land; a cape; a speck or dot; a mark of punctuation; a particular spot; exact place; as, to reach a certain point on the road; a particular time or moment; as, the turning-point of a battle; a particular detail or item; particular aim or purpose; as, you missed the point of the story; to gain one's point; a step or stage; as, boiling point; one of the thirty-two divisions of a compass; lace made with the needle. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  90. To sharpen; to give force to; as, to point a moral; to show the direction of; direct or aim; to punctuate. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  91. To call attention by extending the finger; show clearly. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  92. 1. A spot or small area. 2. A sharp end or apex. 3. A slight projection. 4. A limit, as the boiling point. 5. To make ready to open, said of an abscess the wall of which is becoming thin and is about to break. See also punctum. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  93. That which pricks or pierces: anything coming to a sharp end: the mark made by a sharp instrument: (geom.) that which has neither length, breadth, nor thickness: a mark showing the divisions of a sentence: (mus.) a dot at the right hand of a note, to raise its value one-half: a very small space: a moment of time: a small affair: a single thing: a single assertion: the precise thing to be considered: anything intended: exact place: degree: that which stings, as the point of an epigram: a lively turn of thought: that which awakens attention: a peculiarity:-pl. the switch on a railway. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  94. To give a point to: to sharpen: to aim: to direct one's attention: to punctuate, as a sentence: to fill the joints of with mortar, as a wall. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  95. To direct the finger towards an object: to show game by looking, as a dog. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  96. A sharp end; dot; mark of punctuation; place; cape; moment; thing to be noticed; application. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  97. To direct the finger towards; indicate. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  98. To sharpen; aim; direct attention; punctuate. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  99. To put a point on; sharpen at the tip. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  100. To extend or direct; aim. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  101. To direct attention to. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  102. To punctuate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  103. To direct attention, as by the extended finger. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  104. The sharp end of a thing; anything pointed; a promontory. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  105. A place; position; feature; item. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  106. An instant. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  107. A prick; puncture; mark of punctuation, especially a period. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  108. The sharp end of any instrument; the mark made by it: an indivisible part; that which has neither length, breadth nor thickness; a dot; a stop in punctuation; a spot; verge; exact place; degree; lace wrought by the needle; quality; peculiarity; subject; aim; the switch of a railway; a small cape or promontory; the sting of an epigram; a lively turn of thought; the gist of an argument; punctilio. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  109. To sharpen: to direct; to aim; to mark with stops; to mark with vowel-points; to fill joints with mortar, and smooth them with the point of a trowel. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  110. To direct the finger for designating an object; to indicate; to show distinctly by any means. To point at to treat with scorn. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  111. The sharp end of any instrument or body; anything resembling a point; the sting of an epigram; a small cape or headland; a turn of thought or expression that strikes with agreeable surprise; in geom., that which has position but no magnitude; a moment; a small space; punctilio; nicety; place or time near; critical moment; eve or verge, as of death; position; state; dot, mark, or spot; direction of view, or part viewed; particular mark or aim; particular mode or parts; instance; example; single part; part of a whole; single position; the main question; lace wrought with the needle, as point-lace; a division of the mariner's compass. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  112. To bring to a sharp end; to direct towards; to aim; to show by way of example; to mark with characters in order to indicate certain distinctions; to distinguish by stops or points by way of punctuation; to fill the joints with mortar and smooth them with a trowel, as a stone wall; to direct attention to an object by the finger; to indicate, as dogs do to sportsmen. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  113. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  114. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  115. To direct the point of something, as of a finger, for the purpose of designating an object, and attracting attention to it; -- with at. mso.anu.edu.au
  116. To approximate to the surface; to head; -- said of an abscess. mso.anu.edu.au
  117. A distinct proposition or question of law arising or propounded iu a case. thelawdictionary.org
  118. point, n. anything coming to a sharp end: the mark made by a sharp instrument: (geom.) that which has position but not length, breadth, or thickness: a mark showing the divisions of a sentence: (mus.) a dot at the right hand of a note to lengthen it by one-half: needle-point lace: a very small space: a moment of time: a small affair: a single thing: a single assertion: the precise thing to be considered: anything intended: exact place: degree: the unit of count in a game: (print.) a unit of measurement for type-bodies: an advantage: that which stings, as the point of an epigram: an imaginary relish, in 'potatoes and point:' a lively turn of thought: that which awakens attention: a peculiarity, characteristic: (cricket) the fielder standing at the immediate right of the batsman, and slightly in advance: a signal given by a trumpet: (pl.) chief or excellent features, as of a horse, &c.: the switch or movable rails which allow a train to pass from one line to another.--v.t. to give a point to: to sharpen: to aim: to direct one's attention: to punctuate, as a sentence: to fill the joints of with mortar, as a wall.--v.i. to direct the finger, the eye, or the mind towards an object: to show game by looking, as a dog.--adj. POINT'ED, having a sharp point: sharp: intended for some particular person: personal: keen: telling: (archit.) having sharply-pointed arches, Gothic.--adv. POINT'EDLY.--ns. POINT'EDNESS; POINT'ER, that which points: a dog trained to point out game; POINT'ING, the act of sharpening: the marking of divisions in writing by points or marks: act of filling the crevices of a wall with mortar; POINT'ING-STOCK, a thing to be pointed at, a laughing-stock; POINT'-LACE, a fine kind of lace wrought with the needle.--adj. POINT'LESS, having no point: blunt: dull: wanting keenness or smartness; POINTS'MAN, a man who has charge of the points or switches on a railway; POINT'-SYS'TEM, a standard system of sizes for type-bodies, one point being .0138 inch.--POINT FOR POINT, exactly: all particulars; POINT OF ORDER, a question raised in a deliberative society as to whether proceedings are according to the rules; POINT OF VIEW, the position from which one looks at anything; POINT OUT (B.), to assign; POINTS OF THE COMPASS, the points north, south, east, and west, along with the twenty-eight smaller divisions, marked on the card of the mariner's compass.--At all points, completely; AT, or ON, THE POINT OF, just about to; CARDINAL POINT (see CARDINAL); CARRY ONE'S POINT, to gain what one contends for in controversy; FROM POINT TO POINT, from one particular to another; GIVE POINTS TO, to give odds to: to give an advantageous hint on any subject; IN POINT, apposite; IN POINT OF, with regard to; MAKE A POINT OF, to attach special importance to; STAND UPON POINTS, to be over-scrupulous; Strain a point, to go beyond proper limits; TO THE POINT, appropriate. [O. Fr.,--L. punctum--pung[)e]re, to prick.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  119. [Latin] The sharp end of a prickling or piercing instrument; hence, any acute extremity or that which tapers off acutely, as a Caustic p. na
  120. [Latin] Any sharply-defined limit, whether of spatial or other quantities; that which serves to mark degree or position, or to indicate transition from one state to another; as Boiling-p., Freezing-p., Melting-p., Far-p., Near-p. na
  121. Of an abscess, to come close to the surface; to be on the point of breaking. na
  122. Small dot on a surface; full p., full stop; dot, small stroke, used in Semitic languages to indicate vowels or distinguish consonants; dot separating integral from fractional parts in decimals, as four p. six (4-6); single item, detail, particular, as we differ on these pp., it is a p. of conscience, STRETCH a p.; (Mus.) important phrase or subject, (archaic) p. of war, short phrase sounded on instrument as signal; possession is nine pp. of the law (nine-tenths, almost the whole); give pp. (odds) to (opponent in game), (fig.) be superior to; unit in appraising qualities of exhibit in show; unit (of varying value) in quoting price of stocks &c.; (Print.) unit of measurement for type bodies, esp. Didot p., 1/72 of French inch; (Geom.) that which has position but not magnitude, e.g. p. of intersection of two lines; (Hunt.) spot to which straight run is made, such run, so p.-to-p. adj.; (Herald.) any of nine particular spots on shield used for determining position; stage, degree, in progress or increase, esp. of temperature, as boiling, freezing, -p. (at which thing boils &c.); precise moment for action &c., as when it came to the p., he declined; exact moment (of death &c.); distinctive trait, characteristic, as singing is not his strong p.; the essential thing, the thing under discussion, as that is just the p., come to the p.; make a p. of, regard, treat, as essential; carry one\'s p., secure one\'s object; make a p., establish proposition, prove contention; (also p. lace) thread lace made wholly with needle, (improp.) pillow lace imitating this; sharp end of tool, weapon, pin, pen, &c.; tip; promontory, esp. in names, as Start P.; (Mil.) small leading party of advanced guard; (pl.) extremities of horse, as bay with black pp.; sharp-pointed tool, e.g. etching needle; tine of deer\'s horn; (on railway) tapering movable rail by which train is directed from one line to another; tapered division on back gammon board; (Hist.) tagged lace for lacing bodice, attaching hose to doublet, &c.; (Naut.) short piece of cord at lower edge of sail for tying up a reef; pp. of the compass, 32 equidistant pp. on compass (N, N by E, NNE, NE by N, NE, NE by E, ENE, English by N, E, English by S, ESE, SE by E, SE, SE by S, SSE, S by E, S, S by W, SSW, SW by S, SW, SW by W, WSW, W by S, W, W by N, WNW, NW by W, NW, NW by N, NNW, N by W), at angular intervals of 11 15\'; salient feature of story, joke, &c., as don\'t see the p.; pungency, effectiveness, as his remarks lack p.; (Crick.) (position of) fieldsman placed more or less in line with popping-crease a short distance on off-side of batsman; (of dog) act of pointing, esp. make, come to, a p.; potatoes& p., potatoes to eat& bacon &c. to look at; at all pp., in every part; at the p. (on the verge) of death &c.; in p., apposite, as the case you take is not in p.; in p. (as a matter) of fact; (up)on the p. of, on the very verge of (action, doing); p. of (thing that vitally affects one\'s) honour, esp. the p. of honour (obligation to demand satisfaction, esp. by duel); p. of view, position from which thing is viewed, (fig.) way of looking at a matter; p.-duty (of constable stationed at particular p. to regulate traffic &c.); pointsman, man in charge of railway pp., constable on p.-duty. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  123. Furnish (pencil &c.) with point, sharpen; mark (Psalms &c.) with points for chanting; give point to (words, actions), as pointing his remarks with apt illustrations; fill in joints of (brickwork &c.) with mortar or cement smoothed with trowel; prick in (manure), turn over (soil), with point of spade; direct attention (to, at, lit. & fig.); p. out, indicate, show, (thing, fact, that &c.); (of hound) indicate presence of (game or abs.) by standing looking rigidly towards it; direct (finger, weapon, &c., at); direct attention of (person to); aim at, tend towards. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  124. (Pugil.) the p. of the jaw or the p., the tip of the chin as the spot for a knock-out blow. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  125. The sharp end or fine tapering extremity of any object. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  126. That which has position, but no extension; hence, position in space, time, or degree. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  127. Of an abscess, to be about to break at a certain portion of its periphery that has approached a free surface. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  128. [L.] A mark of position which has no magnitude. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  129. [L.] Used in several connexions with a meaning plain from the context ; as, zero point, equinoctial point, point of contrary flexure, etc. (For P. of sight, or Projecting P., vide Perspective.) Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  130. See Switch. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  131. n. [Latin] That which pricks or pierces; especially, the sharp end of a piercing instrument;—hence, a sort of needle used by engravers, etchers, lace workers, &c.;—an indefinitely small space; a mere spot;—a small promontory or cape;—exact place in which a person or affair is;—state of rank; degree;—condition of affairs; critical state;—state of transition or change; turning point; verge; eve;—place to which any thing is directed; hence, object; aim;—end; result;—a single part of any whole; a distinct assertion; a proposition; the pith or gist or an argument or discussion;—an instance; an example;—a lively turn of thought; epigrammatic expression;—a characteristic feature; silent trait or peculiarity;—in astronomy, a place marked in the heavens from which bearings and distances of the heavenly bodies are calculated;—one of the 32 divisions of the mariner's compass;—in geometry, that which has neither length, breadth, no thickness;—a character used to mark the divisions of a sentence;—a small affair; a punctilio;—a dot or mark to designate certain tones or time;—a tagged lace, used to tie together certain parts of the dress;—a flat, tapering piece of braided cordage, used in reefing sails;—switch of a railway track. Cabinet Dictionary

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