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.
Recent Examples of pointer from the Web
The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder had averaged 9.5 points, 1.5 steals while shooting 33 percent of three-pointers in his two appearances heading into Friday.
Consider the following pointers toward a more productive presentation at the hearing, and to help avoid wasting the valuable opportunity the hearing provides.
The 12th overall selection scored five straight points – a three-pointer and long two – to stretch the Pistons' lead to 46-33 with 3:05 remaining in the second quarter.
Google, penalized on Tuesday by the EU competition authority for unfairly promoting its shopping service at the expense of rivals, will be keenly watching the verdict for pointers on how to fight its legal battle.
In a land where everyone is seemingly an aspiring entrepreneur and self-help books crowd shelves, Trump's speeches are scrutinized for pointers on climbing the corporate ladder and staving off chauvinism in the office and at home.
Houston coach Mike D'Antoni won his second Coach of the Year award, and Eric Gordon was Sixth Man of the Year after setting a record for most three-pointers off the bench in his first season as a reserve.
Aggressive defender and third in three-pointers in Michigan history.
There are many power forward types in the draft class but few have that wingspan, hit 41 three-pointers (37%), had 57 blocks and 20 steals.
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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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