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.
Recent Examples on the Web Booker missed half the set with a right hamstring injury, but came back and hit a critical three-pointer late in Game 6 like something out of a Hollywood script. Mark Faller, The Arizona Republic, 1 May 2022 The Razorbacks led for the final 16:34 after Wade hit a three-pointer to put Arkansas ahead 39-36. Bob Holt, Arkansas Online, 25 Mar. 2022 After blocking a shot, Watson spotted up for an open three-pointer in transition. Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2022 The lead reached 24-7 when Crowl buried an open three-pointer with 8:21 left in the half. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Nov. 2021 AssistiveTouch will help users easily answer incoming calls, control an onscreen motion pointer, Apple said, and have access to both the notification and control centers. Terry Collins, USA TODAY, 19 May 2021 Portland got as close as 46-44 on a three-pointer by McKelle Meek. oregonlive, 20 Mar. 2022 Lenawee Christian scored the first five points and pulled to within 21-18 on a three-pointer by Cara Anderson with 2:50 left in the half. Wright Wilson, Detroit Free Press, 18 Mar. 2022 The Clippers again got down by double-digits in the fourth but rallied from the 10-point deficit to trail 101-100 on a three-pointer by Nicolas Batum with 35.1 seconds left. Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of pointer

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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18 May 2022

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“Pointer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pointer. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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