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 The Suns only attempted 23 three-pointers, the fewest against the Bucks this season. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 129, Suns 108: Back to their winning ways, and wire-to-wire too," 2 Feb. 2020 Also, Chicago shoots the ninth most three pointers per game, and Brooklyn is 19th in 3-pointers allowed. Geoff Clark, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets odds, picks and best bets," 31 Jan. 2020 Reili Richardson's three-pointer with three seconds remaining lifted No. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "ASU women go triple overtime to give Charli Turner Thorne 500th win," 31 Jan. 2020 The Lady Knights are averaging 41 points per game on offense while allowing its opponents 17 pointer per game. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Girls basketball: Kingwood Covenant Prepatory girls’ team off to hot start in district," 31 Jan. 2020 Repeat the process with each successive finger for an approximate indicator of ascending doneness—i.e., pointer is rare; middle is medium-rare; ring is medium; pinky is well-done. Cosmo Genova, Field & Stream, "7 Rules for the Greatest Venison Backstrap of Your Life," 29 Jan. 2020 The five-time NBA champion and 18-time All-Star selection, led the Lakers in points, games played, three-pointers, steals and free throws. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, "Shaquille O'Neal Mourns Kobe Bryant on Podcast: "I Really Lost a Brother"," 28 Jan. 2020 He was held to just 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting while Marcus Carr once again put together a solid performance with 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to go along with the game-winning three-pointer. Stephen Means, cleveland, "D.J. Carton and Kaleb Wesson finding chemistry could help solve Ohio State basketball’s offensive woes," 24 Jan. 2020 Drag the pointer along the slider to make changes, and check the preview window to see what the end result will look like. David Nield, Popular Science, "24 hidden Android settings you should know about," 17 Jan. 2020

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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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5 Feb 2020

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“Pointer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pointer. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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