ideal point


: a point added to the plane or to space to eliminate special cases
specifically : the point at infinity added in projective geometry as the assumed intersection of two parallel lines

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There were preseason fears, which may yet come to pass, over the lack of an ideal point guard, but Newton, Diarra and Jackson give Hurley options. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 25 Nov. 2022 That’s why new ESG reporting activities represent an ideal point of engagement for the internal audit group. Jim Deloach, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Now is an ideal point in time for self-reflection and improved understanding. Michael J. Francis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Apr. 2020 This new collection, which ranges from post-World War I Germany to the New Jersey Pine Barrens, serves as an ideal point of entry to that world. Bill Sheehan, Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2019 Wyant believes Puerto Rico's coaching staff is getting the ideal point guard. Shelby Dermer,, 6 June 2018 The defending back-to-back state softball champions have turned the corner at the most ideal point in the season. J.c. Carnahan,, 25 Apr. 2018 But good and bad coaches are separated by more than just the ability to recognize something from a less-than-ideal point of view. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, 3 Apr. 2018 That’s part of why Moore saw Yost as an ideal point of stability with so much else fluid. Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, 22 Mar. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ideal point was in 1879

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Cite this Entry

“Ideal point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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