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Meaning of point by Wiktionary Dictionary

point


    Etymology

    From Middle English point, from Old French point ( “a point, dot, full stop, period, speck, hole, stitch, point of time, moment, difficulty, etc.” ), from Latin punctum ( “a point, puncture” ), prop. a hole punched in, substantive use of punctus, perfect passive participle of pungō ( “I prick, punch” ). Displaced native Middle English ord ( “point” ) ( from Old English ord ( “point” ) ) .

    Pronunciation

    • enPR: point, IPA: /ˈpɔɪnt/, X-SAMPA: /"pOInt/
    • Rhymes: -ɔɪnt

    Noun

    point ( plural: points )

    1. A discrete division of something.
      1. An individual element in a larger whole; a particular detail, thought, or quality. [from 13th c.]
        The Congress debated the finer points of the bill .
      2. A particular moment in an event or occurrence; a juncture. [from 13th c.]
        There comes a point in a marathon when some people give up .
        At this point in the meeting, I'd like to propose a new item for the agenda .
      3. ( archaic ) Condition, state. [from 13th c.]
        She was not feeling in good point .
      4. A topic of discussion or debate; a proposition, a focus of conversation or consideration. [from 14th c.]
        I made the point that we all had an interest to protect .
      5. ( obsolete ) The smallest quantity of something; a jot, a whit. [14th-17th c.]
      6. ( obsolete ) A tiny amount of time; a moment. [14th-17th c.]
      7. A specific location or place, seen as a spatial position. [from 14th c.]
        We should meet at a pre-arranged point .
      8. ( mathematics, sciences ) A zero-dimensional mathematical object representing a location in one or more dimensions; something considered to have position but no magnitude or direction. [from 14th c.]
      9. A purpose or objective. [from 14th c.]
        Since the decision has already been made, I see little point in further discussion .
      10. A full stop or other terminal punctuation mark. [from 14th c.]
      11. A distinguishing quality or characteristic. [from 15th c.]
        Logic isn't my strong point .
      12. Something tiny, as a pinprick; a very small mark. [from 15th c.]
        The stars showed as tiny points of yellow light .
      13. ( now only in phrases ) A tenth; formerly also a twelfth. [from 17th c.]
        Possession is nine points of the law .
      14. Each of the marks or strokes written above letters, especially in Semitic languages, to indicate vowels, stress etc. [from 17th c.]
      15. ( gaming ) A unit of scoring in a game or competition. [from 18th c.]
        The one with the most points will win the game
      16. ( mathematics ) A decimal point ( now especially when reading decimal fractions aloud ). [from 18th c.]
        10.5 ( "ten point five"; = ten and a half )
      17. ( economics ) A unit used to express differences in prices of stocks and shares. [from 19th c.]
      18. ( typography ) a unit of measure equal to 1/12 of a pica, or approximately 1/72 of an inch ( exactly 1/72 of an inch in the digital era ). [from 19th c.]
      19. ( UK ) An electric power socket. [from 20th c.]
      20. ( navigation, nautical ) A unit of bearing equal to one thirty-second of a circle, i.e. 11.25° .
        Ship ahoy, three points off the starboard bow!
    2. A sharp extremity.
      1. The sharp tip of an object. [from 14th c.]
        Cut the skin with the point of the knife .
      2. Any projecting extremity of an object. [from 14th c.]
      3. An object which has a sharp or tapering tip. [from 14th c.]
        His cowboy belt was studded with points .
      4. ( backgammon ) Each of the twelve triangular positions in either table of a backgammon board, on which the stones are played. [from 15th c.]
      5. A peninsula or promontory. [from 15th c.]
      6. The position at the front or vanguard of an advancing force. [from 16th c.]
      7. Each of the main directions on a compass, usually considered to be 32 in number; a direction. [from 16th c.]
      8. Pointedness of speech or writing; a penetrating or decisive quality of expression. [from 17th c.]
      9. ( rail transport, UK, in the plural: ) A railroad switch. [from 19th c.]
      10. ( usually in plural: ) An area of contrasting colour on an animal, especially a dog; a marking. [from 19th c.]
        The point color of that cat was a deep, rich sable .
      11. ( cricket ) A fielding position square of the wicket on the off side, between gully and cover. [from 19th c.]

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    Verb

    point ( third-person singular simple present points present participle pointing, simple past and past participle pointed )

    1. ( intransitive ) To extend the index finger in the direction of something in order to show where it is or to draw attention to it .
      It's rude to point at other people .
    2. ( intransitive ) To draw attention to something or indicate a direction .
      The arrow of a compass points north
      The skis were pointing uphill .
      The arrow on the map points towards the entrance
    3. ( intransitive ) to indicate a probability of something
    4. ( ambitransitive, masonry ) To repair mortar .
    5. ( transitive ) To direct or encourage ( someone ) in a particular direction
      If he asks for food, point him toward the refrigerator .
    6. ( transitive, mathematics ) to separate an integer from a decimal with a decimal point
    7. ( transitive ) to mark with diacritics
    8. ( transitive, computing ) To direct the central processing unit to seek information at a certain location in memory .
    9. ( transitive, Internet ) To direct requests sent to a domain name to the IP address corresponding to that domain name .
    10. ( intransitive, nautical ) to sail close to the wind
      Bear off a little, we're pointing .
    11. ( transitive, hunting ) This word needs a definition. Please help out and add a definition, then remove the text {{rfdef}} .

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    • point in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • point in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

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Explanation of point by Wordnet Dictionary

point


    Verb
    1. repair the joints of bricks

    2. point a chimney
    3. give a point to

    4. be a signal for or a symptom of

    5. Her behavior points to a severe neurosis
    6. indicate a place, direction, person, or thing

    7. He pointed to the empty parking space
    8. indicate the presence of ( game ) by standing and pointing with the muzzle

    9. the dog pointed the dead duck
    10. intend ( something ) to move towards a certain goal

    11. direct into a position for use

    12. point a gun
    13. be positionable in a specified manner

    14. The gun points with ease
    15. mark ( a psalm text ) to indicate the points at which the music changes

    16. mark with diacritics

    17. point the letter
    18. mark ( Hebrew words ) with diacritics

    19. sail close to the wind

    20. direct the course

    21. be oriented

    22. The weather vane points North
      the dancers toes pointed outward
    Noun
    1. a contact in the distributor

    2. sharp end

    3. he stuck the point of the knife into a tree
      he broke the point of his pencil
    4. a wall socket

    5. the gun muzzle's direction

    6. he held me up at the point of a gun
    7. an outstanding characteristic

    8. his acting was one of the high points of the movie
    9. a distinguishing or individuating characteristic

    10. he knows my bad points as well as my good points
    11. the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp tip

    12. an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole

    13. a point of information
    14. a geometric element that has position but no extension

    15. a point is defined by its coordinates
    16. the object of an activity

    17. what is the point of discussing it?
    18. a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list

    19. the main point on the agenda was taken up first
    20. a brief version of the essential meaning of something

    21. get to the point
      he missed the point of the joke
      life has lost its point
    22. the dot at the left of a decimal fraction

    23. a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer

    24. the point of the arrow was due north
    25. a punctuation mark ( . ) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations

    26. the precise location of something

    27. she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street
    28. a promontory extending out into a large body of water

    29. they sailed south around the point
    30. one percent of the total principal of a loan

    31. the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest

    32. he scored 20 points in the first half
      a touchdown counts 6 points
    33. a linear unit used to measure the size of type

    34. a style in speech or writing that arrests attention and ha



    Definition of point by GCIDE Dictionary

    point


    1. Point ( point ), v. t. & i. To appoint. [Obs.] Spenser.

    2. Point, n. [F. point, and probably also pointe, L. punctum, puncta, fr. pungere, punctum, to prick. See Pungent, and cf. Puncto, Puncture.]
      1. That which pricks or pierces; the sharp end of anything, esp. the sharp end of a piercing instrument, as a needle or a pin.

      2. 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.

      3. 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.

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

      5. 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.

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

      When time's first point begun

      Made he all souls. Sir J. Davies.

      7. 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.

      And there a point, for ended is my tale. Chaucer.

      Commas and points they set exactly right. Pope.

      8. 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.” “A point of precedence.” Selden. “Creeping on from point to point.” Tennyson.

      A lord full fat and in good point. Chaucer.

      9. 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.”

      He told him, point for point, in short and plain. Chaucer.

      In point of religion and in point of honor. Bacon.

      Shalt thou dispute

      With Him the points of liberty ? Milton.

      10. 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”. “Here lies the point.” Shak.

      They will hardly prove his point. Arbuthnot.

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

      This fellow doth not stand upon points. Shak.

      [He] cared not for God or man a point. Spenser.

      12. ( Mus. ) A dot or mark used to designate certain tones or time; as: ( Anc. Mus. ) A dot or mark distinguishing or characterizing certain tones or styles; as, “points of perfection, of augmentation, etc.”; hence, a note; a tune. “Sound the trumpet -- not a levant, or a flourish, but a point of war.” Sir W. Scott. ( Mod. Mus. ) 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.

      13. ( Astron. ) 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.”

      14. ( Her. ) One of the several different parts of the escutcheon. See Escutcheon.

      15. ( Naut. ) 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”. A short piece of cordage used in reefing sails. See Reef point, under Reef.

      16. ( Anc. Costume ) A a string or lace used to tie together certain parts of the dress. Sir W. Scott.

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

      18. pl. ( Railways ) A switch. [Eng.]

      19. An item of private information; a hint; a tip; a pointer. [Cant, U. S.]

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

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

      22. ( Type Making ) 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.

      23. A tyne or snag of an antler.

      24. One of the spaces on a backgammon board.

      25. ( Fencing ) A movement executed with the saber or foil; as, “tierce point”.

      26. ( Med. ) A pointed piecPoint, n. [F. point, and probably also pointe, L. punctum, puncta, fr. pungere, punctum, to prick. See Pungent, and cf. Puncto, Puncture.]
      1. That which pricks or pierces; the sharp end of anything, esp. the sharp end of a piercing instrument, as a needle or a pin.

      2. 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.

      3. 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.

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

      5. 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.

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

      When time's first point begun

      Made he all souls. Sir J. Davies.

      7. 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.

      And there a point, for ended is my tale. Chaucer.

      Commas and points they set exactly right. Pope.

      8. 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.” “A point of precedence.” Selden. “Creeping on from point to point.” Tennyson.

      A lord full fat and in good point. Chaucer.

      9. 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.”

      He told him, point for point, in short and plain. Chaucer.

      In point of religion and in point of honor. Bacon.

      Shalt thou dispute

      With Him the points of liberty ? Milton.

      10. 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”. “Here lies the point.” Shak.

      They will hardly prove his point. Arbuthnot.

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

      This fellow doth not stand upon points. Shak.

      [He] cared not for God or man a point. Spenser.

      12. ( Mus. ) A dot or mark used to designate certain tones or time; as: ( Anc. Mus. ) A dot or mark distinguishing or characterizing certain tones or styles; as, “points of perfection, of augmentation, etc.”; hence, a note; a tune. “Sound the trumpet -- not a levant, or a flourish, but a point of war.” Sir W. Scott. ( Mod. Mus. ) 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.

      13. ( Astron. ) 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.”

      14. ( Her. ) One of the several different parts of the escutcheon. See Escutcheon.

      15. ( Naut. ) 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”. A short piece of cordage used in reefing sails. See Reef point, under Reef.

      16. ( Anc. Costume ) A a string or lace used to tie together certain parts of the dress .
    3. Point ( point ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pointed; p. pr. & vb. n. Pointing.] [Cf. F. pointer. See Point, n.]
      1. 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”.

      2. To direct toward an abject; to aim; as, “to point a gun at a wolf, or a cannon at a fort”.

      3. Hence, to direct the attention or notice of.

      Whosoever should be guided through his battles by Minerva, and pointed to every scene of them. Pope.

      4. To supply with punctuation marks; to punctuate; as, “to point a composition”.

      5. To mark ( a text, as in Arabic or Hebrew ) with vowel points; -- also called vocalize.

      Syn. -- vocalize.
      [1913 Webster + RP]

      6. To give particular prominence to; to designate in a special manner; to indicate, as if by pointing; as, “the error was pointed out”. Pope.

      He points it, however, by no deviation from his straightforward manner of speech. Dickens.

      7. To indicate or discover by a fixed look, as game.

      8. ( Masonry ) To fill up and finish the joints of ( a wall ), by introducing additional cement or mortar, and bringing it to a smooth surface.

      9. ( Stone Cutting ) To cut, as a surface, with a pointed tool.

      To point a rope ( Naut. ), to taper and neatly finish off the end by interweaving the nettles. -- To point a sail ( Naut. ), to affix points through the eyelet holes of the reefs. -- To point off, to divide into periods or groups, or to separate, by pointing, as figures. -- To point the yards ( of a vessel ) ( Naut. ), to brace them so that the wind shall strike the sails obliquely. Totten.


    4. Point ( point ), v. i.
      1. To direct the point of something, as of a finger, for the purpose of designating an object, and attracting attention to it; -- with at.

      Now must the world point at poor Katharine. Shak.

      Point at the tattered coat and ragged shoe. Dryden.

      2. To indicate the presence of game by fixed and steady look, as certain hunting dogs do.

      He treads with caution, and he points with fear. Gay.

      3. ( Med. ) To approximate to the surface; to head; -- said of an abscess.

      To point at, to treat with scorn or contempt by pointing or directing attention to. -- To point well ( Naut. ), to sail close to the wind; -- said of a vessel.