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Definitions of point

  1. 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.
  2. To appoint. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. To sharpen; aim; direct attention; punctuate. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. To put a point on; sharpen at the tip. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. To extend or direct; aim. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. To direct attention to. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. To punctuate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. To indicate the presence of game by fixed and steady look, as certain hunting dogs do. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. 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
  12. To approximate to the surface; to head; - said of an abscess. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. 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.
  14. To direct the finger towards; indicate. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. 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
  16. direct the course; determine the direction of travelling Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. 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
  18. be oriented; "The weather vane points North" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. repair the joints of bricks; "point a chimney" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. give a point to; "The candles are tapered" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  21. To direct attention, as by the extended finger. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass; "he checked the point on his compass" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  26. an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole; "several of the details are similar"; "a point of information" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  27. the gun muzzle's direction; "he held me up at the point of a gun" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  28. a V shape; "the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  29. sharp end; "he stuck the point of the knife into a tree"; "he broke the point of his pencil" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  30. an outstanding characteristic; "his acting was one of the high points of the movie" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  31. a distinguishing or individuating characteristic; "he knows my bad points as well as my good points" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  32. the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp point Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  33. a geometric element that has position but no extension; "a point is defined by its coordinates" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  34. a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer; "the point of the arrow was due north" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  35. a wall socket Wordnet Dictionary DB
  36. the object of an activity; "what is the point of discussing it?" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  37. 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
  38. the precise location of something; a spatially limited location; "she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  39. a promontory extending out into a large body of water; "they sailed south around the point" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  40. 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
  41. a linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch Wordnet Dictionary DB
  42. a style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect Wordnet Dictionary DB
  43. an instant of time; "at that point I had to leave" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  44. direct into a position for use; "point a gun"; "He charged his weapon at me" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  45. be positionable in a specified manner; "The gun points with ease" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  46. mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes Wordnet Dictionary DB
  47. mark with diacritics; "point the letter" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  48. mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics Wordnet Dictionary DB
  49. 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
  50. In various games, a position of a certain player, or, by extension, the player himself; Webster Dictionary DB
  51. 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
  52. The position of the pitcher and catcher. Webster Dictionary DB
  53. A spot to which a straight run is made; hence, a straight run from point to point; a cross-country run. Webster Dictionary DB
  54. The perpendicular rising of a hawk over the place where its prey has gone into cover. Webster Dictionary DB
  55. Act of pointing, as of the foot downward in certain dance positions. Webster Dictionary DB
  56. 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
  57. 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
  58. The mark made by the end of a sharp, piercing instrument, as a needle; a prick. Webster Dictionary DB
  59. 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
  60. An indivisible portion of time; a moment; an instant; hence, the verge. Webster Dictionary DB
  61. 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
  62. 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
  63. 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
  64. A small matter; a trifle; a least consideration; a punctilio. Webster Dictionary DB
  65. A dot or mark used to designate certain tones or time Webster Dictionary DB
  66. 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
  67. 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
  68. 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
  69. One of the several different parts of the escutcheon. See Escutcheon. Webster Dictionary DB
  70. 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
  71. A short piece of cordage used in reefing sails. See Reef point, under Reef. Webster Dictionary DB
  72. A a string or lace used to tie together certain parts of the dress. Webster Dictionary DB
  73. Lace wrought the needle; as, point de Venise; Brussels point. See Point lace, below. Newage Dictionary DB
  74. A switch. Webster Dictionary DB
  75. An item of private information; a hint; a tip; a pointer. Webster Dictionary DB
  76. 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
  77. The attitude assumed by a pointer dog when he finds game; as, the dog came to a point. See Pointer. Webster Dictionary DB
  78. 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
  79. A tyne or snag of an antler. Webster Dictionary DB
  80. One of the spaces on a backgammon board. Webster Dictionary DB
  81. A movement executed with the saber or foil; as, tierce point. Webster Dictionary DB
  82. 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
  83. To direct toward an abject; to aim; as, to point a gun at a wolf, or a cannon at a fort. Webster Dictionary DB
  84. Hence, to direct the attention or notice of. Webster Dictionary DB
  85. To supply with punctuation marks; to punctuate; as, to point a composition. Webster Dictionary DB
  86. To mark (as Hebrew) with vowel points. Webster Dictionary DB
  87. 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
  88. To indicate or discover by a fixed look, as game. Webster Dictionary DB
  89. 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
  90. To cut, as a surface, with a pointed tool. Webster Dictionary DB
  91. 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
  92. Lace wrought the needle; as, point de Venise; Brussels point. See lace, below. Webster Dictionary DB
  93. 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
  94. A pointed piece of quill or bone covered at one end with vaccine matter; - called also vaccine point. Webster Dictionary DB
  95. 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.
  96. 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.
  97. 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.
  98. The sharp end of a thing; anything pointed; a promontory. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  99. A place; position; feature; item. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  100. A prick; puncture; mark of punctuation, especially a period. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  101. 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.
  102. 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.

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Usage examples for point

  1. Being alive is the point – The Lost Art of Reading by Gerald Stanley Lee
  2. But " why" was not so much to the point as " how." – A Canadian Bankclerk by J. P. Buschlen
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