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Point (IPA: /ˈpɔɪnt/)


Point (v. t. & i.)

To appoint.

Point (n.)

That which pricks or pierces; the sharp end of anything, esp. the sharp end of a piercing instrument, as a needle or a pin.

Point (n.)

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.

Point (n.)

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.

Point (n.)

The mark made by the end of a sharp, piercing instrument, as a needle; a prick.

Point (n.)

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.

Point (n.)

An indivisible portion of time; a moment; an instant; hence, the verge.

Point (n.)

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.

Point (n.)

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.

Point (n.)

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.

Point (n.)

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.

Point (n.)

A small matter; a trifle; a least consideration; a punctilio.

Point (n.)

A dot or mark used to designate certain tones or time

Point (n.)

A dot or mark distinguishing or characterizing certain tones or styles; as, points of perfection, of augmentation, etc.; hence, a note; a tune.

Point (n.)

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.

Point (n.)

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.

Point (n.)

One of the several different parts of the escutcheon. See Escutcheon.

Point (n.)

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.

Point (n.)

A short piece of cordage used in reefing sails. See Reef point, under Reef.

Point (n.)

A a string or lace used to tie together certain parts of the dress.

Point (n.)

Lace wrought the needle; as, point de Venise; Brussels point. See Point lace, below.

Point (n.)

A switch.

Point (n.)

An item of private information; a hint; a tip; a pointer.

Point (n.)

A fielder who is stationed on the off side, about twelve or fifteen yards from, and a little in advance of, the batsman.

Point (n.)

The attitude assumed by a pointer dog when he finds game; as, the dog came to a point. See Pointer.

Point

Fundamental object of geometry: locus within which we can distinguish no other locus than itself

Point

Measurement unit used in typography

Point

Heraldic ordinary

Point

Ice hockey statistic summing a player's goals and assists

Point

Woven, braided, or leather laces with metal tags or aglets on their ends, used in the Medieval and Early Modern periods for fastening clothing or attaching armour pieces, or as decoration

Example Sentence (Quote)

" (Teaching Oliver about guns) This is the business end. You should never point this at anything you don't intend to kill." - Shoot 'Em Up

Example Sentence (Quote)

" (To Kyle Reese) You point that gun at someone you better be ready to pull the trigger." - Terminator Salvation

Example Sentence (Quote)

".. .so full was I of slumber at that point where I abandoned the true way." - Inferno (Dante)

Example Sentence (Quote)

" [On selling porn] I don't buy it. I don't endorse it. I just point the way." - 8mm (film)

Example Sentence (Quote)

"3 is the point of the 1. 4 the 1-5-9 are 2. 6-5, 3-5! 8-9, 7-9! 32384 62643 38327! And... perfect." - The World Ends with You


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