pointer

noun
point·​er | \ ˈpȯin-tər \

Definition of pointer

1a Pointers plural : 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)
2 : any of various large, strong, slender gundogs that hunt by scent and indicate the presence of game by pointing (see point entry 2 sense 4b) specifically : any of an English breed of agile, muscular dogs having a short, smooth coat that is usually white with patches of liver, pale yellow, black, or orange and a moderately long tapered tail — see also german shorthaired pointer, german wirehaired pointer
3 : one that furnishes with points
4 : a useful suggestion or hint : tip

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Synonyms for pointer

Synonyms

hand, index, indicator, needle

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Examples of pointer in a Sentence

Let me give you a few pointers on managing a successful business. The latest data gives a pointer to the economy's overall growth. This may be a pointer to a very serious problem.
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Follow these pointers for the best experience: Prioritize form over everything. SELF, "Your Guide to Navigating the Free Weights at the Gym," 12 Jan. 2019 He’s given the team more than anyone expected, notably shooting 50.5 percent from the floor and 50 percent on three-pointers (40-for-80) over 18 games in last year’s playoffs. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Game 2: Cavs have a Draymond problem," 3 June 2018 Harden hadn't made a three-pointer since the second quarter of Game 4. Jenna West, SI.com, "The Warriors Weren't Ready for the Series to End and Neither Was Twitter," 26 May 2018 Polin made a key three-pointer late in the second overtime. Mike Owens, Philly.com, "Mike Owens' 2017-18 girls' basketball awards: Team of the year, player of the year, and more," 13 Apr. 2018 He got fouled on a dunk attempt and made two free throws, then Brandon Jennings made a three-pointer and Muhammad added a layup to give the Bucks a 7-0 run — and a seven-point lead — heading into the fourth. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 102, Magic 86: Bledsoe leads the way in sloppy affair," 9 Apr. 2018 Remember, Michigan wouldn’t be playing in the national championship game on Monday against Villanova, if Poole doesn't make that three-pointer. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Jordan Poole halftime speech sparks Michigan to national title game," 1 Apr. 2018 Oregon led by nine in the final minute of the second quarter after Ionescu's step-back three, and six at halftime, but the Ducks didn't make another three-pointer for seven minutes. Joel Odom, OregonLive.com, "Women's Final Four live updates: Louisville vs. Mississippi State in NCAA Tournament semifinals," 30 Mar. 2018 The game remained close over the next five minutes, but then Tyus Battle, having an off-night by his standards, made a huge three-pointer to give Syracuse a six-point lead. Michelle Kaufman, miamiherald, "UM coach Larrañaga: We have to do something about our gun laws," 17 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of pointer

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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The first known use of pointer was in 1534

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pointer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pointer

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

pointer

noun
point·​er | \ ˈpȯin-tər \

Kids Definition of pointer

1 : something that points or is used for pointing
2 : a helpful hint I got a few pointers on diving.
3 : a large dog with long ears and short hair that is trained to direct its head and body in the direction of an animal that is being hunted

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Medical Definition of pointer

— see hip pointer

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