point  

  • Definition of point

    • (n): a contact in the distributor; as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts distributor points and current flows to the spark plugs  
    • (n): sharp end; "he stuck the point of the knife into a tree"; "he broke the point of his pencil"  
    • (n): a wall socket  
    • (n): the gun muzzle''s direction; "he held me up at the point of a gun"  
    • (n): an outstanding characteristic; "his acting was one of the high points of the movie"  
    • (n): a distinguishing or individuating characteristic; "he knows my bad points as well as my good points"  
    • (n): the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp point  
    • (n): an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole; "several of the details are similar"; "a point of information"  
    • (n): a geometric element that has position but no extension; "a point is defined by its coordinates"  
    • (n): the object of an activity; "what is the point of discussing it?"  
    • (n): a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list; "he noticed an item in the New York Times"; "she had several items on her shopping list"; "the main point on the agenda was taken up first"  
    • (n): a brief version of the essential meaning of something; "get to the point"; "he missed the point of the joke"; "life has lost its point"  
    • (n): a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer; "the point of the arrow was due north"  
    • (n): a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations; "in England they call a period a stop"  
    • (n): the precise location of something; a spatially limited location; "she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"  
    • (n): a promontory extending out into a large body of water; "they sailed south around the point"  
    • (n): the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest; "he scored 20 points in the first half"; "a touchdown counts 6 points"  
    • (n): a linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch  
    • (n): a style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect  
    • (n): any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass; "he checked the point on his compass"  
    • (n): a V shape; "the cannibal''s teeth were filed to sharp points"  
    • (n): a very small circular shape; "a row of points"; "draw lines between the dots"  
    • (n): a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process; "a remarkable degree of frankness"; "at what stage are the social sciences?"  
    • (n): an instant of time; "at that point I had to leave"  
    • (v): repair the joints of bricks; "point a chimney"  
    • (v): give a point to; "The candles are tapered"  
    • (v): be a signal for or a symptom of; "These symptoms indicate a serious illness"; "Her behavior points to a severe neurosis"; "The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued"  
    • (v): indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively; "I showed the customer the glove section"; "He pointed to the empty parking space"; "he indicated his opponents"  
    • (v): intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; "He aimed his fists towards his opponent''s face"; "criticism directed at her superior"; "direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself"  
    • (v): direct into a position for use; "point a gun"; "He charged his weapon at me"  
    • (v): be positionable in a specified manner; "The gun points with ease"  
    • (v): mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes  
    • (v): mark with diacritics; "point the letter"  
    • (v): mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics  
    • (v): sail close to the wind  
    • (v): direct the course; determine the direction of travelling  
    • (v): be oriented; "The weather vane points North"  

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