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. an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole; " several of the details are similar"; " a point of information"
  7. a very small circular shape; " a row of points"; " draw lines between the dots"
  8. the gun muzzle's direction; " he held me up at the point of a gun"
  9. 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"
  10. sail close to the wind
  11. be oriented; " The weather vane points North"
  12. a V shape; " the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points"
  13. sharp end; " he stuck the point of the knife into a tree"; " he broke the point of his pencil"
  14. ( British) a wall socket
  15. an outstanding characteristic; " his acting was one of the high points of the movie"
  16. a distinguishing or individuating characteristic; " he knows my bad points as well as my good points"
  17. the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp point
  18. a geometric element that has position but no extension; " a point is defined by its coordinates"
  19. a V- shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer; " the point of the arrow was due north"
  20. repair the joints of bricks; " point a chimney"
  21. give a point to; " The candles are tapered"
  22. a wall socket
  23. the object of an activity; " what is the point of discussing it?"
  24. 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"
  25. the precise location of something; a spatially limited location; " she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"
  26. a promontory extending out into a large body of water; " they sailed south around the point"
  27. the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest; " he scored 20 points in the first half"; " a touchdown counts 6 points"
  28. a linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/ 72 inch
  29. a style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect
  30. an instant of time; " at that point I had to leave"
  31. direct into a position for use; " point a gun"; " He charged his weapon at me"
  32. be positionable in a specified manner; " The gun points with ease"
  33. mark ( a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes
  34. mark with diacritics; " point the letter"
  35. mark ( Hebrew words) with diacritics
  36. 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.
  37. In various games, a position of a certain player, or, by extension, the player himself;
  38. The position of the player of each side who stands a short distance in front of the goal keeper; also, the player himself.
  39. The position of the pitcher and catcher.
  40. A spot to which a straight run is made; hence, a straight run from point to point; a cross- country run.
  41. The perpendicular rising of a hawk over the place where its prey has gone into cover.
  42. Act of pointing, as of the foot downward in certain dance positions.
  43. To appoint.
  44. That which pricks or pierces; the sharp end of anything, esp. the sharp end of a piercing instrument, as a needle or a pin.
  45. 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.
  46. The mark made by the end of a sharp, piercing instrument, as a needle; a prick.
  47. 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.
  48. An indivisible portion of time; a moment; an instant; hence, the verge.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
  51. 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.
  52. A small matter; a trifle; a least consideration; a punctilio.
  53. A dot or mark used to designate certain tones or time
  54. A dot or mark distinguishing or characterizing certain tones or styles; as, points of perfection, of augmentation, etc.; hence, a note; a tune.
  55. 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.
  56. 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.
  57. One of the several different parts of the escutcheon. See Escutcheon.
  58. 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.
  59. A short piece of cordage used in reefing sails. See Reef point, under Reef.
  60. A a string or lace used to tie together certain parts of the dress.
  61. Lace wrought the needle; as, point de Venise; Brussels point. See Point lace, below.
  62. A switch.
  63. An item of private information; a hint; a tip; a pointer.
  64. A fielder who is stationed on the off side, about twelve or fifteen yards from, and a little in advance of, the batsman.
  65. The attitude assumed by a pointer dog when he finds game; as, the dog came to a point. See Pointer.
  66. 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.
  67. A tyne or snag of an antler.
  68. One of the spaces on a backgammon board.
  69. A movement executed with the saber or foil; as, tierce point.
  70. 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.
  71. To direct toward an abject; to aim; as, to point a gun at a wolf, or a cannon at a fort.
  72. Hence, to direct the attention or notice of.
  73. To supply with punctuation marks; to punctuate; as, to point a composition.
  74. To mark ( as Hebrew) with vowel points.
  75. To give particular prominence to; to designate in a special manner; to indicate, as if by pointing; as, the error was pointed out.
  76. To indicate or discover by a fixed look, as game.
  77. To fill up and finish the joints of ( a wall), by introducing additional cement or mortar, and bringing it to a smooth surface.
  78. To cut, as a surface, with a pointed tool.
  79. To indicate the presence of game by fixed and steady look, as certain hunting dogs do.
  80. 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.
  81. Lace wrought the needle; as, point de Venise; Brussels point. See lace, below.
  82. 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.
  83. To direct the point of something, as of a finger, for the purpose of designating an object, and attracting attention to it; - with at.
  84. To approximate to the surface; to head; - said of an abscess.
  85. A pointed piece of quill or bone covered at one end with vaccine matter; - called also vaccine point.
  86. 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.
  87. To sharpen; to give force to; as, to point a moral; to show the direction of; direct or aim; to punctuate.
  88. 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.
  89. 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.
  90. To direct the finger towards an object: to show game by looking, as a dog.
  91. A sharp end; dot; mark of punctuation; place; cape; moment; thing to be noticed; application.
  92. To direct the finger towards; indicate.
  93. To sharpen; aim; direct attention; punctuate.
  94. To put a point on; sharpen at the tip.
  95. To extend or direct; aim.
  96. To direct attention to.
  97. To punctuate.
  98. To direct attention, as by the extended finger.
  99. The sharp end of a thing; anything pointed; a promontory.
  100. A place; position; feature; item.
  101. A prick; puncture; mark of punctuation, especially a period.
  102. 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.
  103. 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.
  104. To direct the finger for designating an object; to indicate; to show distinctly by any means. To point at to treat with scorn.
  105. 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.
  106. 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.

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
  3. 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
  4. Dolly tried to get off, but he held her to the point. – The End of a Coil by Susan Warner
  5. I can only give you my point of view. – The Golden Scarecrow by Hugh Walpole
  6. Nor did that point seem to matter. – The Lion's Share by E. Arnold Bennett
  7. The sounds seemed to come from the sea, from some point very near to the ship. – The Captain of the Kansas by Louis Tracy
  8. Which isn't the point of the story. – Fanny Herself by Edna Ferber
  9. " Where is your father; point him out," said the captain to Alfred. – The Boy Volunteers with the Submarine Fleet by Kenneth Ward
  10. I say no more upon that point. – Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V) by Alexander Maclaren
  11. At one point a door opened. – The Ball and The Cross by G.K. Chesterton
  12. Or to put the same point in another way. – A Grammar of Freethought by Chapman Cohen
  13. You see my point, Billikins?" – The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories by Ethel M. Dell
  14. You know that's not the point. – Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood by George MacDonald
  15. " 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
  16. " Oh, but that's just the point," she cried. – Prudence of the Parsonage by Ethel Hueston
  17. The point is that you're back again." – Tom of the Raiders by Austin Bishop
  18. I walked down to the point, and could see them. – An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad
  19. " That wasn't the point. – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell