Pointer meaning

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One that directs, indicates, or points, especially:
  • A long tapered stick or a laser beacon used to call attention to objects, as on a chart or blackboard.
  • A scale indicator on a watch, balance, or other measuring instrument.
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(computers) A variable that holds the address of a core storage location.
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(computers) A symbol appearing on a display screen in a GUI that lets the user select a command by clicking with a pointing device or pressing the enter key when the pointer symbol is positioned on the appropriate button or icon.
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Either of the two stars in the Big Dipper, Dubhe and Merak, that are aligned so that a line drawn between them extends north to Polaris, the north star.
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A person or thing that points.
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A long, tapered rod used by teachers and lecturers for pointing to things on a map, blackboard, etc.
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An indicator on a clock, meter, scales, etc.
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Any of a breed of large, muscular hunting dog with a short, smooth coat, usually white with liver, black, or yellowish spots, and characterized by its assumption of the classic stance in pointing game.
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(informal) A helpful hint or suggestion.
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(1) In database management, an address embedded within the data that specifies the location of data in another record or file.
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An identifier that indicates the position of an item of data within a frame. In a SONET frame, for example, a pointer indicates the position of a Virtual Tributary (VT) within a Virtual Tributary Group (VTG).The pointer also serves a synchronization function. See also data, frame, SDH, SONET, synchronize, VT, and VTG.
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Anything that points or is used for pointing.
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A needle-like component of a timepiece or measuring device that indicates the time or the current reading of the device.
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A breed of hunting dog.
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(programming) A variable that holds the address of a memory location where a value can be stored.
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(computing) An icon that indicates the position of the mouse; a cursor.
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A tip, a bit of advice (usually plural.)

The instructor gave me some pointers on writing a good paper.

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(in combinations) Something worth a given number of points.

A ten-pointer.

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the Pointers
  • the two stars in the Big Dipper that are almost in a direct line with the North Star, Polaris
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the Pointers

Origin of pointer

  • point +"Ž -er.

    From Wiktionary