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Meaning of pointed by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • enPR: poinʹtĭd, IPA: /ˈpɔɪntɪd/, X-SAMPA: /"pOIntId/


    pointed ( comparative more pointed, superlative most pointed )

    1. ( comparable ) Sharp, barbed; not dull .
      The warrior brandished a pointed spear .
    2. ( not comparable ) In animals, having a coat pattern with points, that is, darkening of the extremities .
      The Siamese is a pointed breed of cat .



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Explanation of pointed by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. direct and obvious in meaning or reference

    2. a pointed critique
      a pointed allusion to what was going on
      another pointed look in their direction
    3. having a point

    Definition of pointed by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.

    2. Pointed a.
      1. Sharp; having a sharp point; as, “a pointed rock”.

      2. Characterized by sharpness, directness, or pithiness of expression; terse; epigrammatic; especially, directed to a particular person or thing.

      His moral pleases, not his pointed wit. Pope.

      Pointed arch ( Arch. ), an arch with a pointed crown. -- Pointed style ( Arch. ), a name given to that style of architecture in which the pointed arch is the predominant feature; -- more commonly called Gothic.

      -- Pointedly, adv. -- Pointedness, n.