noun point·er \ˈpin-tər\

: a useful suggestion about how to do or understand something better

: a sign that shows the condition or existence of something

: a thin stick that a person uses to show people where to look on a screen, map, etc.

Full Definition of POINTER

a plural capitalized :  the two stars in the Big Dipper a line through which points to the North Star
b :  one that points out; especially :  a rod used to direct attention
c :  a computer memory address that contains another address (as of desired data)
:  a large strong slender smooth-haired gundog that hunts by scent and indicates the presence of game by pointing
:  one that furnishes with points
:  a useful suggestion or hint :  tip

Examples of POINTER

  1. Let me give you a few pointers on managing a successful business.
  2. The latest data gives a pointer to the economy's overall growth.
  3. This may be a pointer to a very serious problem.

First Known Use of POINTER


Related to POINTER

hand, index, indicator, needle

Rhymes with POINTER


   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of POINTER

—see hip pointer
May 28, 2015
fictioneer Hear it
someone who writes fiction
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