Definition of pointer
1a Pointers plural : the two stars in the Big Dipper a line through which points to the North Starb : one that points out; especially : a rod used to direct attentionc : 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 2point 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
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.
First Known Use of pointer
POINTER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pointer for English Language Learners
: 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.
POINTER Defined for Kids
Definition of pointer for Students
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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