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pinpoint

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noun pin·point \ˈpin-ˌpȯint\

Simple Definition of pinpoint

  • : a very small point or dot

Full Definition of pinpoint

  1. 1 :  something that is extremely small or insignificant

  2. 2 :  the point of a pin

  3. 3 :  an extremely small or sharp point


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pinpoint

adjective pin·point

Simple Definition of pinpoint

  • : very exact or precise

Full Definition of pinpoint

  1. 1 :  extremely fine or precise

  2. 2 :  located, fixed, or directed with extreme precision <pinpoint targets>

  3. 3 :  small as a pinpoint

Examples of pinpoint

  1. The pitcher showed pinpoint control of his fastball.

  2. <the pinpoint measurement of brain tumors is critically important>



1897

First Known Use of pinpoint

1897


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pinpoint

verb pin·point

Simple Definition of pinpoint

  • : to find out (something) with certainty

  • : to find or locate the exact position of (something)

Full Definition of pinpoint

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to locate or aim with great precision or accuracy <pinpoint a source>

  3. 2 a :  to fix, determine, or identify with precision <pinpoint the cause> b :  to cause to stand out conspicuously :  highlight

Examples of pinpoint

  1. They were finally able to pinpoint the cause of the fire.

  2. He pinpointed the city on the map.

  3. Rescuers were able to pinpoint where the lost girl was.

  4. The military uses computer imaging to pinpoint targets.



1917

First Known Use of pinpoint

1917


PINPOINT Defined for Kids

pinpoint

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verb pin·point \ˈpin-ˌpȯint\

Definition of pinpoint

pin·point·edpin·point·ing

  1. :  to locate or find out exactly <Can you pinpoint the cause of the problem?>





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