point·​er | \ ˈpȯin-tər How to pronounce pointer (audio) \

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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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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Recent Examples on the Web TJ Lowery’s four points and a three-pointer from RJ Hinton, Jr. pulled the Cobras to within three, 12-9 at the end of the first quarter. Randy Mcroberts, baltimoresun.com, "Harford Tech beats Bel Air to open boys basketball season," 6 Dec. 2019 In the losses to Richmond, New Mexico and North Carolina State, UW hit just 14 of 76 three-pointers (18.4%) and just 56 of 159 shots overall (35.2%). Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Has demanding nonconference schedule prepared Badgers for Big Ten? They'll find out Saturday.," 6 Dec. 2019 The Huskies gave up a season-high 46 percent shooting clip and 13 three-pointers to a tenacious Seton Hall team that led by as many as nine and several times cut the deficit to six or seven points. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, "Aubrey Griffin scores 25 points to help lead UConn over tenacious Seton Hall in second-straight game without Crystal Dangerfield," 5 Dec. 2019 Back-to-back three pointers late in the second quarter from DP’s Barze and Denzel Aberdeen trimmed Oak Ridge’s lead to 14-13. Mike Gramajo, orlandosentinel.com, "Oak Ridge defeats Dr. Phillips in Breast Cancer Awareness Basketball Classic," 5 Dec. 2019 Leonard sank a three-pointer on the next play to give the Clippers an 11-point lead. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers routed 117-97 by Los Angeles Clippers: Game rewind," 4 Dec. 2019 Sophomore guard Kira Lewis added 20 points, including 4-of-7 three pointers, while committing five turnovers. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "Alabama salvages win over Southern Miss in Bahamas tournament," 30 Nov. 2019 And with so many great deals on Under Armour, your sports style is about to score a touchdown — or a three-pointer — or a moral victory over your still-gloating nephew. CNN Underscored, "Arm yourself for winter workouts with on-sale Under Armour during Black Friday," 29 Nov. 2019 Leonard picked up the loose ball, and dished it to George, who found Williams in the corner for a three-pointer to cut the Rockets’ lead to 115-112 with 1:19 remaining. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Clippers have already figured out late-game dynamics with Paul George, Kawhi Leonard," 23 Nov. 2019

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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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10 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Pointer.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pointer. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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.


point·​er | \ ˈpȯin-tər How to pronounce pointer (audio) \

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


Medical Definition of pointer

— see hip pointer

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