- The definition of a point is a sharp end or part of an argument.
- An example of point is the end of a pencil.
- An example of point is a reason why someone is against abortion.
- Point is defined as to gesture in the direction of someone or something.
An example of point is for a child to aim his finger toward a rainbow with excitement.
- a minute mark or dot
- a dot in printing or writing, as a period, decimal point, vowel point, etc.
- an element in geometry having definite position, but no size, shape, or extension: a line between two points
- a particular or precisely specified position, location, place, or spot: points on an itinerary
- any of certain positions a player is stationed at in cricket, lacrosse, and other games
- the player at such a position
- a particular time; exact moment: the point of death
- a stage, condition, level, or degree reached or indicated: a boiling point
- a particular detail or element; item: to explain a problem point by point
- a distinguishing feature; characteristic
- a physical characteristic or quality of an animal, used as a standard in judging breeding
- a unit, as of measurement, value, game scores, etc.
- a sharp or projecting end of something; tip
- something with a sharp end
- needlepoint lace
- a projecting or tapering piece of land; promontory; cape
- a horse's extremities
- a branch of a deer's antler: a ten-point buck
- the exact or essential fact or idea under consideration
- the main idea, striking feature, or effective twist of a joke, story, etc.
- a purpose; aim; object; use: no point in complaining
- an impressive or telling argument, fact, or idea: he has a point there
- ☆ a helpful hint or suggestion
- the posture of a hunting dog to show the presence and position of game
- ☆ the number that the thrower must roll again before rolling a seven in order to win in craps
- a unit used in rationing commodities, as in time of war
- a jeweler's unit of weight, equal to carat: a 10-point diamond
- Historical a cord with metal tips, used to lace up articles of clothing
- Backgammon any of the 24 triangular spaces on the board
- Ballet the position of being on the tips of the toes
- Boxing a scoring unit used when the bout is not ended by a knockout: to win on points
- ☆ Educ. a unit used in grading school or college work and figuring a student's academic average: a grade of A is worth four points per credit
- either of the two contacts, tipped with tungsten or platinum, that make or break the circuit in some distributors
- Brit. an electrical outletin full power point
- a standard unit of value used in quoting changes in the prices of stocks, bonds, etc.; specif., a $1 change in the price of a stock
- a unit equal to one percent: a two-point rise in interest rates
- an amount equal to one percent; specif., an amount equal to one percent of a loan secured by a mortgage: one or more points may be paid in advance by the borrower
- Heraldry any of certain areas on a shield
- Mil. a small party before an advance guard or behind a rear guard
- any of the 32 marks showing direction on the circumference of a compass card
- any of the corresponding positions on the horizon
- the angle between two successive compass points, equal to 11°
- Printing a measuring unit for type bodies and printed matter, equal to about of an inch: there are 12 points in a pica
- Railroading, Brit. switch (): usually used in pl.
Origin of pointOld French dot, prick ; from Classical Latin punctum, dot, neuter of punctus, past participle of pungere, to prick (; from Indo-European base an unverified form peuĝ-, an unverified form peu, to prick, jab from source German fichte, spruce tree, Classical Latin pugil, boxer, pugnus, fist); also ; from Old French pointe, sharp end ; from Medieval Latin puncta ; from Classical Latin punctus
- to put punctuation marks or pauses in
- to put vowel points on (Hebrew characters)
- to mark off (sums or numbers) with points, as esp. a decimal fraction from a whole number: with off
- to sharpen to a point, as a pencil
- to give (a story, remark, anecdote, action, etc.) extra force or special emphasis, as by repetition or elaboration: usually with up
- to show or call attention to: usually with out: to point the way, to point out a person's shortcomings
- to aim or direct (a gun, finger, etc.)
- to extend the foot so as to bring (the toe) more nearly in line with the leg
- to show the presence and location of (game) by standing still and facing toward it: said of hunting dogs
- Masonry to fill or refill and finish the joints of (brickwork or stonework) with mortar: often with up: to point up a chimney
- to direct one's finger or the like (at or to something)
- to call attention or allude (to something); hint (at something)
- to aim or be directed (to or toward something); extend in a specified direction
- to point game: said of a hunting dog
- Naut. to sail close to the wind
at the point of
beside the point
in point of
make a point of
- to make (something) one's strict rule, habit, or practice
- to call special attention to
on the point ofor upon the point of
stretch a pointor strain a point
to the point
- A sharp or tapered end: the point of a knife; the point of the antenna.
- An object having a sharp or tapered end: a stone projectile point.
- A tapering extension of land projecting into water; a peninsula, cape, or promontory.
- A mark formed by or as if by a sharp end.
- A mark or dot used in printing or writing for punctuation, especially a period.
- A decimal point.
- Linguistics A vowel point.
- One of the protruding marks used in certain methods of writing and printing for the blind.
- Mathematics a. A dimensionless geometric object having no properties except location.b. An element in a geometrically described set.
- a. A place or locality considered with regard to its position: connections to Chicago and points west.b. A narrowly particularized and localized position or place; a spot: The troops halted at a point roughly 1,000 yards from the river.
- A specified degree, condition, or limit, as in a scale or course: the melting point of a substance.
- a. Any of the 32 equal divisions marked at the circumference of a mariner's compass card that indicate direction.b. The interval of 11°15&minute; between any two adjacent markings.
- a. A distinct condition or degree: finally reached the point of exhaustion.b. The interval of time immediately before a given occurrence; the verge: on the point of resignation; at the point of death.
- A specific moment in time: At this point, we are ready to proceed.
- An objective or purpose to be reached or achieved, or one that is worth reaching or achieving: What is the point of discussing this issue further?
- The major idea or essential part of a concept or narrative: You have missed the whole point of the novel.
- A significant, outstanding, or effective idea, argument, or suggestion: Your point is well taken.
- A separate, distinguishing item or element; a detail: Diplomacy is certainly not one of his strong points. Your weak point is your constant need for approval.
- A quality or characteristic that is important or distinctive, especially a standard characteristic used to judge an animal.
- A single unit, as in counting, rating, or measuring.
- 21. a. A unit of academic credit usually equal to one hour of class work per week during one semester.b. A numerical unit of academic achievement equal to a letter grade.
- 22. Sports & Games A unit of scoring or counting.
- 23. a. A unit equal to one dollar, used to quote or state variations in the current prices of stocks or commodities.b. A unit equal to one percent, used to quote or state interest rates or shares in gross profits.
- 24. One percent of the total principal of a loan, paid up front to the lender and considered separately from the interest.
- 25. Music A phrase, such as a fugue subject, in contrapuntal music.
- 26. Printing A unit of type size equal to 0.01384 inch, or approximately 1/72 of an inch.
- 27. A jeweler's unit of weight equal to 2 milligrams or 0.01 carat.
- 28. a. The act or an instance of pointing.b. The stiff and attentive stance taken by a hunting dog.
- 29. a. A reconnaissance or patrol unit that moves ahead of an advance party or guard, or that follows a rear guard.b. The position occupied by such a unit or guard: A team of Rangers were walking point at the outset of the operation.
- 30. Sports a. Either of two positions in ice hockey just inside the offensive zone near the boards, usually assumed by defenders attempting to keep the puck in the offensive zone.b. Basketball A position in the forecourt beyond the top of the key, usually taken by the point guard.c. In women's lacrosse, a defensive player who marks the opponent playing nearest to the goal (the first home).
- 31. a. An electrical contact, especially one in the distributor of an automobile engine.b. Chiefly British An electrical socket or outlet.
- 32. points The extremities of an animal, such as a cat or horse, especially when they differ in color from the rest of the coat.
- 33. a. A movable rail, tapered at the end, such as that used in a railroad switch.b. The vertex of the angle created by the intersection of rails in a frog or switch.
- 34. A ribbon or cord with a metal tag at the end, used to fasten clothing in the 16th and 17th centuries.
verbpoint·ed, point·ing, points
- To direct or aim: point a weapon. See Synonyms at aim.
- To bring (something) to notice: pointed out an error in their reasoning.
- To indicate the position or direction of: pointed out the oldest buildings on the skyline.
- To sharpen (a pencil, for example); provide with a point.
- To separate with decimal points: pointing off the hundredths place in a column of figures.
- To mark (text) with points; punctuate.
- Linguistics To mark (a consonant) with a vowel point.
- To give emphasis to; stress: comments that simply point up flawed reasoning.
- To indicate the presence and position of (game) by standing immobile and directing the muzzle toward it. Used of a hunting dog.
- To fill and finish the joints of (masonry) with cement or mortar.
- To direct attention or indicate position with or as if with the finger.
- To turn the mind or thought in a particular direction or to a particular conclusion: All indications point to an early spring.
- To be turned or faced in a given direction; aim.
- To indicate the presence and position of game. Used of a hunting dog.
- Nautical To sail close to the wind.
Origin of pointMiddle English, partly from Old French point, prick, mark, moment (from Vulgar Latin *punctum, from Latin pūnctum, from neuter past participle of pungere, to prick) and partly from Old French pointe, sharp end (from Vulgar Latin *puncta, from Latin pūncta, from feminine past participle of pungere, to prick; see peuk- in Indo-European roots).
- A discrete division of something.
- 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.
- 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.
- (archaic) Condition, state. [from 13th c.]
- She was not feeling in good point.
- 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.
- An individual element in a larger whole; a particular detail, thought, or quality. [from 13th c.]
- A specific location or place, seen as a spatial position. [from 14th c.]
- We should meet at a pre-arranged point.
- (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.]
- A purpose or objective. [from 14th c.]
- Since the decision has already been made, I see little point in further discussion.
- A full stop or other terminal punctuation mark. [from 14th c.]
- (music) A dot or mark used to designate certain tones or time. In ancient music, it distinguished or characterized certain tones or styles (points of perfection, of augmentation, etc.). In modern music, it is placed on the right of a note to raise its value, or prolong its time, by one half.
- (by extension) A note; a tune.
- A distinguishing quality or characteristic. [from 15th c.]
- Logic isn't my strong point.
- Something tiny, as a pinprick; a very small mark. [from 15th c.]
- The stars showed as tiny points of yellow light.
- (now only in phrases) A tenth; formerly also a twelfth. [from 17th c.]
- Possession is nine points of the law.
- Each of the marks or strokes written above letters, especially in Semitic languages, to indicate vowels, stress etc. [from 17th c.]
- (gaming) A unit of scoring in a game or competition. [from 18th c.]
- The one with the most points will win the game
- (mathematics) A decimal point (now especially when reading decimal fractions aloud). [from 18th c.]
- 10.5 ("ten point five"; = ten and a half)
- (economics) A unit used to express differences in prices of stocks and shares. [from 19th c.]
- (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.]
- (UK) An electric power socket. [from 20th c.]
- (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!
- The sharp tip of an object. [from 14th c.]
- Cut the skin with the point of the knife.
- Any projecting extremity of an object. [from 14th c.]
- An object which has a sharp or tapering tip. [from 14th c.]
- His cowboy belt was studded with points.
- (backgammon) Each of the twelve triangular positions in either table of a backgammon board, on which the stones are played. [from 15th c.]
- A peninsula or promontory. [from 15th c.]
- The position at the front or vanguard of an advancing force. [from 16th c.]
- Each of the main directions on a compass, usually considered to be 32 in number; a direction. [from 16th c.]
- (nautical) The difference between two points of the compass.
- to fall off a point
- Pointedness of speech or writing; a penetrating or decisive quality of expression. [from 17th c.]
- (rail transport, UK, in the plural) A railroad switch. [from 19th c.]
- (usually in the 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.
- (cricket) A fielding position square of the wicket on the off side, between gully and cover. [from 19th c.]
- A tine or snag of an antler.
- (fencing) A movement executed with the sabre or foil.
- tierce point
- point de Venise; Brussels point
- The dog came to a point.
(third-person singular simple present points, present participle pointing, simple past and past participle pointed)
- (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.
- (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
- To direct toward an object; to aim.
- to point a gun at a wolf, or a cannon at a fort
- To give a point to; to sharpen; to cut, forge, grind, or file to an acute end.
- to point a dart, a pencil, or (figuratively) a moral
- (intransitive) to indicate a probability of something
- (intransitive, masonry) To repair mortar.
- (masonry) To fill up and finish the joints of (a wall), by introducing additional cement or mortar, and bringing it to a smooth surface.
- (stone-cutting) To cut, as a surface, with a pointed tool.
- To direct or encourage (someone) in a particular direction.
- If he asks for food, point him toward the refrigerator.
- (mathematics) To separate an integer from a decimal with a decimal point.
- To mark with diacritics.
- (dated) To supply with punctuation marks; to punctuate.
- to point a composition
- (computing) To direct the central processing unit to seek information at a certain location in memory.
- (Internet) To direct requests sent to a domain name to the IP address corresponding to that domain name.
- (intransitive, nautical) To sail close to the wind.
- Bear off a little, we're pointing.
- (intransitive, hunting) To indicate the presence of game by a fixed and steady look, as certain hunting dogs do.
- (medicine, of an abscess) To approximate to the surface; to head.
- (dated) To give particular prominence to; to designate in a special manner; to point out.
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”).
point - Computer Definition
(1) To move the cursor (pointer) onto a line or image on screen by rolling a mouse across the desk or by pressing the Arrow keys.
(2) In typography, a unit equal to 1/72nd of an inch. Points are used to measure the vertical height of a printed character. See typeface.
point - Investment & Finance Definition
A finance charge that is paid up front on mortgages by the borrower. A point is 1 percent of the loan value. For instance, on a $200,000 mortgage, $2,000 is the point the borrower would pay as a finance charge. Points are tax deductible because the money paid is mortgage interest. However, points likely may have to be deducted across the life of the loan.