Definitions of point

  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
  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
  3.   a contact in the distributor as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts distributor points and current flows to the spark plugs
  4.   direct the course determine the direction of travelling
  5.   any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass he checked the point on his compass
  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
  7.   an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole several of the details are similar a point of information
  8.   a very small circular shape a row of points draw lines between the dots
  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
  10.   the gun muzzle's direction he held me up at the point of a gun
  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
  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
  13.   sail close to the wind
  14.   be oriented The weather vane points North
  15.   a V shape the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points
  16.   sharp end he stuck the point of the knife into a tree he broke the point of his pencil
  17.   British a wall socket
  18.   an outstanding characteristic his acting was one of the high points of the movie
  19.   a distinguishing or individuating characteristic he knows my bad points as well as my good points
  20.   the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp point
  21.   a geometric element that has position but no extension a point is defined by its coordinates
  22.   a V shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer the point of the arrow was due north
  23.   repair the joints of bricks point a chimney
  24.   give a point to The candles are tapered
  25.   a wall socket
  26.   the object of an activity what is the point of discussing it
  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
  28.   the precise location of something a spatially limited location she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street
  29.   a promontory extending out into a large body of water they sailed south around the point
  30.   the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest he scored 20 points in the first half a touchdown counts 6 points
  31.   a linear unit used to measure the size of type approximately 1 72 inch
  32.   a style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect
  33.   an instant of time at that point I had to leave
  34.   direct into a position for use point a gun He charged his weapon at me
  35.   be positionable in a specified manner The gun points with ease
  36.   mark a psalm text to indicate the points at which the music changes
  37.   mark with diacritics point the letter
  38.   mark Hebrew words with diacritics
  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
  40.   In various games a position of a certain player or by extension the player himself
  41.   The position of the player of each side who stands a short distance in front of the goal keeper also the player himself
  42.   The position of the pitcher and catcher
  43.   A spot to which a straight run is made hence a straight run from point to point a cross country run
  44.   The perpendicular rising of a hawk over the place where its prey has gone into cover
  45.   Act of pointing as of the foot downward in certain dance positions
  46.   To appoint
  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
  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
  49.   The mark made by the end of a sharp piercing instrument as a needle a prick
  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
  51.   An indivisible portion of time a moment an instant hence the verge
  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
  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
  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
  55.   A small matter a trifle a least consideration a punctilio
  56.   A dot or mark used to designate certain tones or time
  57.   A dot or mark distinguishing or characterizing certain tones or styles as points of perfection of augmentation etc hence a note a tune
  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
  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
  60.   One of the several different parts of the escutcheon See Escutcheon
  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
  62.   A short piece of cordage used in reefing sails See Reef point under Reef
  63.   A a string or lace used to tie together certain parts of the dress
  64.   Lace wrought the needle as point de Venise Brussels point See Point lace below
  65.   A switch
  66.   An item of private information a hint a tip a pointer
  67.   A fielder who is stationed on the off side about twelve or fifteen yards from and a little in advance of the batsman
  68.   The attitude assumed by a pointer dog when he finds game as the dog came to a point See Pointer
  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
  70.   A tyne or snag of an antler
  71.   One of the spaces on a backgammon board
  72.   A movement executed with the saber or foil as tierce point
  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
  74.   To direct toward an abject to aim as to point a gun at a wolf or a cannon at a fort
  75.   Hence to direct the attention or notice of
  76.   To supply with punctuation marks to punctuate as to point a composition
  77.   To mark as Hebrew with vowel points
  78.   To give particular prominence to to designate in a special manner to indicate as if by pointing as the error was pointed out
  79.   To indicate or discover by a fixed look as game
  80.   To fill up and finish the joints of a wall by introducing additional cement or mortar and bringing it to a smooth surface
  81.   To cut as a surface with a pointed tool
  82.   To indicate the presence of game by fixed and steady look as certain hunting dogs do
  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
  84.   Lace wrought the needle as point de Venise Brussels point See lace below
  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
  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
  87.   To approximate to the surface to head said of an abscess
  88.   A pointed piece of quill or bone covered at one end with vaccine matter called also vaccine point
  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
  90.   To sharpen to give force to as to point a moral to show the direction of direct or aim to punctuate
  91.   To call attention by extending the finger show clearly
  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
  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
  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
  95.   To direct the finger towards an object to show game by looking as a dog
  96.   A sharp end dot mark of punctuation place cape moment thing to be noticed application
  97.   To direct the finger towards indicate
  98.   To sharpen aim direct attention punctuate
  99.   To put a point on sharpen at the tip
  100.   To extend or direct aim
  101.   To direct attention to
  102.   To punctuate
  103.   To direct attention as by the extended finger
  104.   The sharp end of a thing anything pointed a promontory
  105.   A place position feature item
  106.   An instant
  107.   A prick puncture mark of punctuation especially a period
  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
  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
  110.   To direct the finger for designating an object to indicate to show distinctly by any means To point at to treat with scorn
  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
  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

Quotes of point

  1. It's always been too slow for me Playing The pace of things I'm a fast sprinter The trouble was after playing in the group for a few months I couldn't reach that point – Syd Barrett
  2. A common misperception of me is that I am a tough rough northerner which I suppose I am really But I'm pretty mild -mannered most of the time It's the parts that you play I guess I don't mind it I'm not a tough guy I'd like to act as a fair easy -going kind man at some point – Sean Bean
  3. I play the way I do because it allows me to come up with the sickest sounds possible That's the point now isn't it – Jeff Beck
  4. We should not judge people by their peak of excellence but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started – Henry Ward Beecher
  5. When music fails to agree to the ear to soothe the ear and the heart and the senses then it has missed the point – Maria Callas
  6. But the point you need to know is that no president at war cut taxes $1 5 trillion like Bush did – Chaka Fattah
  7. Obviously talent gets you to a certain point but it's what you do with it how you handle – Brett Favre
  8. You know how you smoke out a sniper You send a guy out in the open and you see if he gets shot They thought that one up at West Point – Samuel Fuller
  9. There is always a point when one senses one's lack of skill the doubt – Arne Jacobsen
  10. I like somebody who makes me laugh He's also got to be prepared I'm sort of a loose cannon in a good way I also like people who disagree with me and make me work to prove my point – Monica Keena
  11. When we reach the point where the women athletes are getting their pick of dates just as easily as the men athletes then we've really and truly arrived Parity at last – Billie Jean King
  12. Once everyone else around you starts to become incredibly comfortable if anything quite happy with what you are doing then I start to settling in and trusting all those choices that I've made up to that point – Josh Lucas
  13. I never feel like I have to hang on to the music I don't expect that the music will go away Ideas are the only thing I can point to that are permanent and fixed – Michael Nesmith
  14. Even military ministers have no more than a certain amount of control It is customary that they have the right and the power to participate from a political and military point of view in the planning of actual operations – Hideki Tojo
  15. Be extremely subtle even to the point of formlessness Be extremely mysterious even to the point of soundlessness Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate – Sun Tzu

Usage examples for point

  1. That wasn't the point – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell
  2. “ I say no more upon that point – Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V) by Alexander Maclaren
  3. Being alive is the point – The Lost Art of Reading by Gerald Stanley Lee
  4. Nor did that point seem to matter – The Lion's Share by E. Arnold Bennett
  5. But why was not so much to the point as how – A Canadian Bankclerk by J. P. Buschlen
  6. Now I said to him where did you get it that's the point – Loyalties (Fifth Series Plays) by John Galsworthy Last Updated: February 10, 2009
  7. Or to put the same point in another way – A Grammar of Freethought by Chapman Cohen
  8. The sounds seemed to come from the sea from some point very near to the ship – The Captain of the Kansas by Louis Tracy
  9. You know that's not the point – Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood by George MacDonald
  10. “ I walked down to the point and could see them – An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad
  11. “ I can only give you my point of view – The Golden Scarecrow by Hugh Walpole
  12. But since I have been here I have felt that I could not go away to think without first asking you what you think on one point whether you could ever marry me – The Hand of Ethelberta by Thomas Hardy
  13. Where is your father point him out said the captain to Alfred ” – The Boy Volunteers with the Submarine Fleet by Kenneth Ward
  14. Dolly tried to get off but he held her to the point – The End of a Coil by Susan Warner
  15. At one point a door opened – The Ball and The Cross by G.K. Chesterton
  16. The point is that you're back again – Tom of the Raiders by Austin Bishop
  17. Oh but that's just the point she cried – Prudence of the Parsonage by Ethel Hueston
  18. You see my point Billikins ” – The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories by Ethel M. Dell
  19. Which isn't the point of the story – Fanny Herself by Edna Ferber

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