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point

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noun \ˈpȯint\

Definition of point

  1. 1a (1) :  an individual detail :  item (2) :  a distinguishing detail tact is one of her strong pointsb :  the most important essential in a discussion or matter missed the whole point of the jokec :  cogency

  2. 2 obsolete :  physical condition

  3. 3 :  an end or object to be achieved :  purpose did not see what point there was in continuing the discussion

  4. 4a :  a geometric element that has zero dimensions and a location determinable by an ordered set of coordinatesb (1) :  a narrowly localized place having a precisely indicated position walked to a point 50 yards north of the building (2) :  a particular place :  locality have come from distant pointsc (1) :  an exact moment at this point I was interrupted (2) :  a time interval immediately before something indicated :  verge at the point of deathd (1) :  a particular step, stage, or degree in development had reached the point where nothing seemed to matter anymore (2) :  a definite position in a scale

  5. 5a :  the terminal usually sharp or narrowly rounded part of something :  tipb :  a weapon or tool having such a part and used for stabbing or piercing: such as (1) :  arrowhead (2) :  spearheadc (1) :  the contact or discharge extremity of an electric device (such as a spark plug or distributor) (2) chiefly British :  an electric outlet

  6. 6a :  a projecting usually tapering piece of land or a sharp prominenceb (1) :  the tip of a projecting body part (2) :  tine 2 (3) points plural :  the extremities or markings of the extremities of an animal especially when of a color differing from the rest of the bodyc :  a railroad switchd :  the head of the bow of a stringed instrument

  7. 7 :  a short musical phrase; especially :  a phrase in contrapuntal music

  8. 8a :  a very small markb (1) :  punctuation mark; especially :  period 5a(1) (2) :  decimal point

  9. 9 :  a lace for tying parts of a garment together used especially in the 16th and 17th centuries

  10. 10 :  one of usually 11 divisions of a heraldic shield that determines the position of a charge

  11. 11a :  one of the 32 equidistant spots of a compass card for indicating directionb :  the difference of 1114 degrees between two such successive pointsc :  a direction indicated by a compass point from all points of the compass

  12. 12 :  a small detachment ahead of an advance guard or behind a rear guard

  13. 13a :  needlepoint 1b :  lace made with a bobbin

  14. 14 :  one of 12 spaces marked off on each side of a backgammon board

  15. 15 :  a unit of measurement: such asa (1) :  a unit of counting in the scoring of a game or contest (2) :  a unit used in evaluating the strength of a bridge handb :  a unit of academic creditc (1) :  a unit used in quoting prices (as of stocks, bonds, and commodities) (2) points plural :  a percentage of the face value of a loan often added as a placement fee or service charge (3) :  a percentage of the profits of a business venture (such as a motion-picture production)d :  a unit of about 172 inch used especially to measure the size of type

  16. 16 :  the action of pointing: such asa :  the rigidly intent attitude of a hunting dog marking game for a gunnerb :  the action in dancing of extending one leg and arching the foot so that only the tips of the toes touch the floor

  17. 17 :  a position of a player in various games (such as lacrosse); also :  the player of such a position

  18. 18 :  a number thrown on the first roll of the dice in craps which the player attempts to repeat before throwing a seven — compare missout, pass 13

  19. 19 :  credit accruing from creating a good impression scored points for hard work

beside the point

in point of

  1. :  with regard to :  in the matter of in point of law in point of fact

to the point

  1. :  relevant, pertinent a suggestion that was to the point

Examples of point in a Sentence

  1. She showed us several graphs to illustrate the point she was making.

  2. I see your point, but I don't think everyone will agree.

  3. There's no use in arguing the point.

  4. He made a very good point about the need for change.

  5. Let me make one final point.

  6. That's the point I've been trying to make.

  7. What's your point? Actually, I have two points.

  8. My point is simply that we must do something to help the homeless.

  9. If we leave now, we won't make it back in time. That's a good point.

  10. There are two critical points that I would like to discuss.

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Origin and Etymology of point

Middle English, partly from Anglo-French, prick, dot, moment, from Latin punctum, from neuter of punctus, past participle of pungere to prick; partly from Anglo-French pointe sharp end, from Vulgar Latin *puncta, from Latin, feminine of punctus, past participle — more at pungent


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point

verb

Definition of point

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to furnish with a point :  sharpen pointing a pencil with a knifeb :  to give added force, emphasis, or piquancy to point up a remark

  3. 2 :  to scratch out the old mortar from the joints of (something, such as a brick wall) and fill in with new material

  4. 3a (1) :  to mark the pauses or grammatical divisions in :  punctuate (2) :  to separate (a decimal fraction) from an integer by a decimal point —usually used with offb :  to mark (words, such as Hebrew words) with diacritics (such as vowel points)

  5. 4a (1) :  to indicate the position or direction of especially by extending a finger point the way home (2) :  to direct someone's attention to point the way to new knowledge — Elizabeth Hall —usually used with out or up point out a mistake points up the differenceb of a hunting dog :  to indicate the presence and place of (game) by stiffening into a fixed position with head and gaze directed toward the animal hunted

  6. 5a :  to cause to be turned in a particular direction point a gun pointed the boat upstreamb :  to extend (a leg) and arch (the foot) in executing a point in dancing

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1a :  to indicate the fact or probability of something specified everything points to a bright futureb :  to indicate the position or direction of something especially by extending a finger point at the mapc :  to direct attention can point with pride to their own traditionsd :  to point game a dog that points well

  9. 2a :  to lie extended, aimed, or turned in a particular direction a directional arrow that pointed to the northb :  to execute a point in dancing

  10. 3 of a ship :  to sail close to the wind

  11. 4 :  to train for a particular contest

Examples of point in a Sentence

  1. It's not polite to point, she said.

  2. When I asked the child where his mother was, he pointed in the direction of the house.

  3. Pointing with his cane, the old man asked, Whose dog is that?.

  4. She pointed her finger at the door.

  5. They pointed their microphones in my direction.

  6. We can leave when the minute hand points to 12.

  7. Stand with your arms at your sides and your hands pointing downward.

  8. The ship was pointing into the wind.

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First Known Use of point

14th century


POINT Defined for English Language Learners

point

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noun

Definition of point for English Language Learners

  • : an idea that you try to make other people accept or understand

  • : a particular detail of an idea or argument

  • the point : the main or most important idea of something that is said or written

point

verb

Definition of point for English Language Learners

  • : to show someone where to look by moving your finger or an object held in your hand in a particular direction

  • : to cause the front or tip of (something) to be turned toward someone or something

  • : to have the end or tip extended, aimed, or turned in a specified direction


POINT Defined for Kids

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point

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noun \ˈpȯint\

Definition of point for Students

  1. 1 :  a separate or particular detail :  item She explained the main points of the plan.

  2. 2 :  an individual quality :  characteristic He has many good points.

  3. 3 :  the chief idea or meaning the point of a story

  4. 4 :  purpose, aim There's no point in trying any more.

  5. 5 :  a geometric element that has a position but no dimensions and is pictured as a small dot

  6. 6 :  a particular place or position We saw points of interest in the city.

  7. 7 :  a particular stage or moment the boiling point Let's stop at this point.

  8. 8 :  the usually sharp end (as of a sword, pin, or pencil)

  9. 9 :  a piece of land that sticks out

  10. 10 :  a dot in writing or printing

  11. 11 :  one of the 32 marks indicating direction on a compass

  12. 12 :  a unit of scoring in a game I scored fifteen points.

pointed

\ˈpȯin-təd\ adjective a pointed tool

pointy

\ˈpȯin-tē\ adjective pointy shoes

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point

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Definition of point for Students

pointed

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pointing

  1. 1 :  to show the position or direction of something especially by extending a finger in a particular direction He pointed to the door.

  2. 2 :  to direct someone's attention to I pointed out the mistakes.

  3. 3 :  1aim 1, direct She pointed the telescope toward Mars. The arrow pointed to the left.

  4. 4 :  to give a sharp end to point a pencil


Medical Dictionary

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point

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noun \ˈpȯint\

Medical Definition of point

  1. 1:  a narrowly localized place or area

  2. 2:  the terminal usually sharp or narrowly rounded part of something

  3. 3:  a definite measurable position in a scale—see boiling point, freezing point


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point

intransitive verb

Medical Definition of point

  1. of an abscess :  to become distended with pus prior to breaking


Law Dictionary

point

noun

Legal Definition of point

  1. 1 :  a particular detail, proposition, or issue of law; specifically :  point of error

  2. 2 :  any of various incremental units used in measuring, fixing, or calculating something: as a :  a unit used in calculating a sentence by various factors (as aggravating or mitigating circumstances) b :  a unit used in the pricing of securities and valuation of markets c :  a charge to a borrower (as a mortgagor) that is equal to one percent of the principal and that is made at closing

in point

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on point

  1. :  relevant to the legal issues at hand



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