Point meaning

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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.

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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.

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A decimal point.
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A sharp or tapered end.

The point of a knife; the point of the antenna.

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A tapering extension of land projecting into water; a peninsula, cape, or promontory.
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An object having a sharp or tapered end.

A stone projectile point.

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A mark formed by or as if by a sharp end.
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A mark or dot used in printing or writing for punctuation, especially a period.
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A vowel point.
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One of the protruding marks used in certain methods of writing and printing for the blind.
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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?

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A specified degree, condition, or limit, as in a scale or course.

The melting point of a substance.

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A specific moment in time.

At this point, we are ready to proceed.

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The major idea or essential part of a concept or narrative.

You have missed the whole point of the novel.

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A significant, outstanding, or effective idea, argument, or suggestion.

Your point is well taken.

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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.

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A quality or characteristic that is important or distinctive, especially a standard characteristic used to judge an animal.
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A single unit, as in counting, rating, or measuring.
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A unit of scoring or counting.
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One percent of the total principal of a loan, paid up front to the lender and considered separately from the interest.
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A phrase, such as a fugue subject, in contrapuntal music.
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A unit of type size equal to 0.01384 inch, or approximately172 of an inch.
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A jeweler's unit of weight equal to 2 milligrams or 0.01 carat.
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The extremities of an animal, such as a cat or horse, especially when they differ in color from the rest of the coat.
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A ribbon or cord with a metal tag at the end, used to fasten clothing in the 16th and 17th centuries.
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To direct or aim.

Point a weapon.

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To mark (text) with points; punctuate.
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To mark (a consonant) with a vowel point.
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To give emphasis to; stress.

Comments that simply point up flawed reasoning.

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To indicate the presence and position of (game) by standing immobile and directing the muzzle toward it. Used of a hunting dog.
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To fill and finish the joints of (masonry) with cement or mortar.
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To direct attention or indicate position with or as if with the finger.
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To turn the mind or thought in a particular direction or to a particular conclusion.

All indications point to an early spring.

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To be turned or faced in a given direction; aim.
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To indicate the presence and position of game. Used of a hunting dog.
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To sail close to the wind.
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A minute mark or dot.
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A dot in printing or writing, as a period, decimal point, vowel point, etc.
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A particular time; exact moment.

The point of death.

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A stage, condition, level, or degree reached or indicated.

A boiling point.

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A particular detail or element; item.

To explain a problem point by point.

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Any of various units used in awarding credit, scoring games, measuring value, etc.
  • A penalty unit assessed drivers in a.
  • The service and play leading to a scored point.
    After a let, players must replay the point.
  • A stone, piece of flint, etc. worked manually to a sharp point, as for an arrowhead or spearhead.
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Needlepoint lace.
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A projecting or tapering piece of land; promontory; cape.
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A branch of a deer's antler.

A ten-point buck.

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A purpose; aim; object; use.

No point in complaining.

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The posture of a hunting dog to show the presence and position of game.
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A unit used in rationing commodities, as in time of war.
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A jeweler's unit of weight, equal to1100 carat.

A 10-point diamond.

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A cord with metal tips, used to lace up articles of clothing.
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Any of the 24 triangular spaces on the board.
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The position of being on the tips of the toes.
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One of a number of scoring units awarded to the boxers at the end of each round, used in determining the winner if the fight does not end by knockout or disqualification.

To win on points.

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The number that the thrower must roll again before rolling a seven in order to win.
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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.

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Any of certain areas on a shield.
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A small party before an advance guard or behind a rear guard.
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A measuring unit for type bodies and printed matter, equal to about172 of an inch: there are 12 points in a pica.
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To sharpen to a point, as a pencil.
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To give (a story, remark, anecdote, action, etc.) extra force or special emphasis, as by repetition or elaboration.
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To show or call attention to.

To point the way, to point out a person's shortcomings.

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To aim or direct (a gun, finger, etc.)
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To extend the foot so as to bring (the toe) more nearly in line with the leg.
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To show the presence and location of (game) by standing still and facing toward it.
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To fill or refill and finish the joints of (brickwork or stonework) with mortar.

To point up a chimney.

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To direct one's finger or the like (at or to something)
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To call attention or allude (to something); hint (at something)
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To aim or be directed (to or toward something); extend in a specified direction.

Stock futures point higher.

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To point game.
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To sail close to the wind.
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A sharp or tapered end.
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A place or locality considered with regard to its position.
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A stage or condition reached.
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To direct or aim something.
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To direct attention with the finger.
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To become ready to open, as an abscess or boil.
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A geometric object having no dimensions and no property other than its location. The intersection of two lines is a point.
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(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.
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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.
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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.
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A specific location or place, seen as a spatial position. [from 14th c.]

We should meet at a pre-arranged point.

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(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.]
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A purpose or objective. [from 14th c.]

Since the decision has already been made, I see little point in further discussion.

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A full stop or other terminal punctuation mark. [from 14th c.]
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(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.
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(by extension) A note; a tune.
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A distinguishing quality or characteristic. [from 15th c.]

Logic isn't my strong point.

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Something tiny, as a pinprick; a very small mark. [from 15th c.]

The stars showed as tiny points of yellow light.

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(now only in phrases) A tenth; formerly also a twelfth. [from 17th c.]

Possession is nine points of the law.

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Each of the marks or strokes written above letters, especially in Semitic languages, to indicate vowels, stress etc. [from 17th c.]
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(gaming) A unit of scoring in a game or competition. [from 18th c.]

The one with the most points will win the game.

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(mathematics) A decimal point (now especially when reading decimal fractions aloud). [from 18th c.]

10.5 ("ten point five"; = ten and a half)

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(economics) A unit used to express differences in prices of stocks and shares. [from 19th c.]
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(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.]
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(UK) An electric power socket. [from 20th c.]
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(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!

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A sharp extremity.
  • 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.
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(heraldry) One of the several different parts of the escutcheon.
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(nautical) A short piece of cordage used in reefing sails.
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(historical) A string or lace used to tie together certain garments.

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Lace worked by the needle.

Point de Venise; Brussels point.

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(US, slang, dated) An item of private information; a hint; a tip; a pointer.
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The attitude assumed by a pointer dog when he finds game.

The dog came to a point.

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(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.

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(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.

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To direct toward an object; to aim.

To point a gun at a wolf, or a cannon at a fort.

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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.

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(intransitive) To indicate a probability of something.
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(intransitive, masonry) To repair mortar.
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(masonry) To fill up and finish the joints of (a wall), by introducing additional cement or mortar, and bringing it to a smooth surface.
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(stone-cutting) To cut, as a surface, with a pointed tool.
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To direct or encourage (someone) in a particular direction.

If he asks for food, point him toward the refrigerator.

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(mathematics) To separate an integer from a decimal with a decimal point.
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To mark with diacritics.
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(dated) To supply with punctuation marks; to punctuate.

To point a composition.

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(computing) To direct the central processing unit to seek information at a certain location in memory.
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(Internet) To direct requests sent to a domain name to the IP address corresponding to that domain name.
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(intransitive, nautical) To sail close to the wind.

Bear off a little, we're pointing.

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(intransitive, hunting) To indicate the presence of game by a fixed and steady look, as certain hunting dogs do.
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(medicine, of an abscess) To approximate to the surface; to head.
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(dated) To give particular prominence to; to designate in a special manner; to point out.

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To bring (something) to notice.

Pointed out an error in their reasoning.

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To indicate the position or direction of.

Pointed out the oldest buildings on the skyline.

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To sharpen (a pencil, for example); provide with a point.
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To separate with decimal points.

Pointing off the hundredths place in a column of figures.

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beside the point
  • Irrelevant to the matter at hand.
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in point
  • Having relevance or pertinence.
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in point of
  • With reference to; in the matter of:.
    In point of fact, I never lived at the address stated on the form.
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make a point of
  • To consider or treat (an action or activity) as indispensable:.
    Made a point of visiting their niece on the way home.
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stretch a point
  • To make an exception.
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to the point
  • Concerning or with relevance to the matter at hand:.
    Remarks that were to the point; rambled and would not speak to the point.
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at the point of
  • Very close to; on the verge of.
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beside the point
  • Not pertinent; irrelevant.
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case in point
  • A pertinent example.
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in point of
  • In the matter of; as concerns.
    in point of fact.
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make a point of
  • To make (something) one's strict rule, habit, or practice.
  • To call special attention to.
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on the point of
  • Almost in the act of; on the verge of.
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stretch a point
  • To make an exception or concession.
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up to a point
  • Within limits; somewhat but not entirely.
    I trust him … to a point.
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to the point
  • Pertinent; apt.
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Origin of point

  • Middle 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 peuk- in Indo-European roots)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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").
    From Wiktionary