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Meaning of POINT

Pronunciation:  poynt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a contact in the distributor; as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts distributor points and current flows to the spark plugs
  2. [n]  sharp end; "he stuck the point of the knife into a tree"; "he broke the point of his pencil"
  3. [n]  (British) a wall socket
  4. [n]  the gun muzzle's direction; "he held me up at the point of a gun"
  5. [n]  an outstanding characteristic; "his acting was one of the high points of the movie"
  6. [n]  a distinguishing or individuating characteristic; "he knows my bad points as well as my good points"
  7. [n]  the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp point
  8. [n]  an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole; "several of the details are similar"; "a point of information"
  9. [n]  a geometric element that has position but no extension; "a point is defined by its coordinates"
  10. [n]  the object of an activity; "what is the point of discussing it?"
  11. [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"
  12. [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"
  13. [n]  a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer; "the point of the arrow was due north"
  14. [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"
  15. [n]  the precise location of something; a spatially limited location; "she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"
  16. [n]  a promontory extending out into a large body of water; "they sailed south around the point"
  17. [n]  the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest; "he scored 20 points in the first half"; "a touchdown counts 6 points"
  18. [n]  a linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch
  19. [n]  a style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect
  20. [n]  any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass; "he checked the point on his compass"
  21. [n]  a V shape; "the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points"
  22. [n]  a very small circular shape; "a row of points"; "draw lines between the dots"
  23. [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?"
  24. [n]  a very short period of time; "at that point I had to leave"
  25. [v]  repair the joints of bricks; "point a chimney"
  26. [v]  give a point to; "The candles are tapered"
  27. [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"
  28. [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"
  29. [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"
  30. [v]  direct into a position for use; "point a gun"; "He charged his weapon at me"
  31. [v]  be positionable in a specified manner; "The gun points with ease"
  32. [v]  mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes
  33. [v]  mark with diacritics, as of letter
  34. [v]  mark Hebrew words with diacritics
  35. [v]  sail close to the wind
  36. [v]  direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
  37. [v]  be oriented; "The weather vane points North"
 

POINT is a 5 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: aim, bespeak, betoken, breaker point, channelise, channelize, charge, compass point, degree, detail, direct, direct, distributor point, dot, full point, full stop, guide, gunpoint, head, head, indicate, item, item, level, level, luff, maneuver, manoeuvre, orient, peak, period, place, point in time, pointedness, power point, repoint, sharpen, show, signal, spot, stage, steer, stop, taper, target, tip
 
 Antonyms: unpointedness
 
 See Also: abutment, acme, acuminate, address, advantage, agenda item, aim, alpenstock, antinode, arrival time, arrow, arrowhead, arrowhead, augur, auspicate, awl, barb, be, beginning, beginning, bellybutton, blade, blind spot, bode, bottom line, brand, bushel, call attention, canalise, canalize, cardinal compass point, celestial point, center, centre, change form, change shape, channel, characteristic, climax, command, commencement, component, component, component part, cone, cone shape, conn, conoid, constituent, contact, control, convex shape, convexity, corner, corner, crinion, crossing, crux, crux of the matter, cusp, cusp, date, deadline, deform, departure time, diamond point, direction, disc, disk, distance, distributer, distributor, dock, doctor, east by north, east by south, east northeast, east southeast, EbN, EbS, electric outlet, electric receptacle, electrical distributor, electrical outlet, element, elevation, em, end, end, end point, ending, ENE, ESE, extent, fact, factor, finger, first, fix, fizzle, fizzle out, focal point, focus, forecast, foreland, foreshadow, foretell, full term, furbish up, geographic point, geographical point, gun muzzle, head, headland, height, hilum, home in, hot spot, hotspot, ice pick, icepick, import, incidental, inform, ingredient, instant, intercept, intersection, intersection point, inventory item, kickoff, knife, knife, label, lie, line item, linear unit, list, listing, location, mark, mark, mark, match point, McBurney's point, meaning, mend, midair, middle, midpoint, midterm, military position, minute, minutia, moment, muzzle, navel, navigate, NbE, NbW, NE, NEbE, NEbN, needle, news item, nib, nidus, NNE, NNW, node, nook and cranny, nooks and crannies, nor'-east, nor'-nor'-east, nor'-nor'-west, north by east, north by west, north northeast, north northwest, northeast, northeast by east, northeast by north, northwest, northwest by north, northwest by west, nor'-west, NW, NWbN, NWbW, object, objective, offset, omen, omphalos, omphalus, optic disc, optic disk, origin, outlet, outset, park, part, peak, pen nib, pencil, pencil, period, period of time, peter out, phase, phase angle, pica, pica em, pike, pilot, pin, pinnacle, pinpoint, place, place, plane, point of intersection, point out, pointer, portend, portion, position, position, predict, prefigure, presage, pressure point, prognosticate, promontory, pull over, punctuation, punctuation mark, punctum, quickening, rallying point, range in, reflect, regard, relevance, relevancy, repair, respect, restore, resultant, root, rootage, sail, saucer, SbE, SbW, score, SE, SEbE, SEbS, second, set point, sheer, signalise, signalize, significance, signification, sou'-east, source, sou'-sou'-east, sou'-sou'-west, south by east, south by west, south southeast, south southwest, southeast, southeast by east, southeast by south, southwest, southwest by south, southwest by west, sou'-west, spearhead, spearpoint, spot, SSE, SSW, stand out, standard of life, standard of living, starboard, start, starting time, state, state of the art, steel, sticking point, summit, superlative, suspension point, SW, SWbS, SWbW, sword, tag, take, take aim, talking point, tangency, taper, taper off, target, technicality, tell, term, then, time of arrival, time of departure, time period, top, topographic point, touch on, train, trichion, trifle, triviality, ultimacy, ultimateness, umbilicus, unit, unit of measurement, vanishing point, wall plug, wall socket, WbN, WbS, west by north, west by south, west northwest, west southwest, widow's peak, WNW, WSW, zero in

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Point\, n.
    1. (Med.) A pointed piece of quill or bone covered at one end
       with vaccine matter; -- called also {vaccine point}.
    
    2. One of the raised dots used in certain systems of printing
       and writing for the blind. The first practical system was
       that devised by Louis Braille in 1829, and still used in
       Europe (see {Braille}). Two modifications of this are
       current in the United States:
    
    {New York point} founded on three bases of equidistant points
       arranged in two lines (viz., : :: :::), and a later
       improvement,
    
    {American Braille}, embodying the Braille base (:::) and the
       New-York-point principle of using the characters of few
       points for the commonest letters.
    
    3. In technical senses:
       (a) In various games, a position of a certain player, or,
           by extension, the player himself; as: (1) (Lacrosse &
           Ice Hockey) The position of the player of each side
           who stands a short distance in front of the goal
           keeper; also, the player himself. (2) (Baseball) (pl.)
           The position of the pitcher and catcher.
       (b) (Hunting) A spot to which a straight run is made;
           hence, a straight run from point to point; a
           cross-country run. [Colloq. Oxf. E. D.]
       (c) (Falconry) The perpendicular rising of a hawk over the
           place where its prey has gone into cover.
       (d) Act of pointing, as of the foot downward in certain
           dance positions.
    
    
  2. \Point\ (point), v. t. & i.
    To appoint. [Obs.] --Spenser.
    
    
  3. \Point\, n. [F. point, and probably also pointe, L.
    punctum, puncta, fr. pungere, punctum, to prick. See
    {Pungent}, and cf. {Puncto}, {Puncture}.]
    1. That which pricks or pierces; the sharp end of anything,
       esp. the sharp end of a piercing instrument, as a needle
       or a pin.
    
    2. An instrument which pricks or pierces, as a sort of needle
       used by engravers, etchers, lace workers, and others;
       also, a pointed cutting tool, as a stone cutter's point;
       -- called also {pointer}.
    
    3. Anything which tapers to a sharp, well-defined
       termination. Specifically: A small promontory or cape; a
       tract of land extending into the water beyond the common
       shore line.
    
    4. The mark made by the end of a sharp, piercing instrument,
       as a needle; a prick.
    
    5. An indefinitely small space; a mere spot indicated or
       supposed. Specifically: (Geom.) That which has neither
       parts nor magnitude; that which has position, but has
       neither length, breadth, nor thickness, -- sometimes
       conceived of as the limit of a line; that by the motion of
       which a line is conceived to be produced.
    
    6. An indivisible portion of time; a moment; an instant;
       hence, the verge.
    
             When time's first point begun Made he all souls.
                                                   --Sir J.
                                                   Davies.
    
    7. A mark of punctuation; a character used to mark the
       divisions of a composition, or the pauses to be observed
       in reading, or to point off groups of figures, etc.; a
       stop, as a comma, a semicolon, and esp. a period; hence,
       figuratively, an end, or conclusion.
    
             And there a point, for ended is my tale. --Chaucer.
    
             Commas and points they set exactly right. --Pope.
    
    8. Whatever serves to mark progress, rank, or relative
       position, or to indicate a transition from one state or
       position to another, degree; step; stage; hence, position
       or condition attained; as, a point of elevation, or of
       depression; the stock fell off five points; he won by
       tenpoints. ``A point of precedence.'' --Selden. ``Creeping
       on from point to point.'' --Tennyson.
    
             A lord full fat and in good point.    --Chaucer.
    
    9. That which arrests attention, or indicates qualities or
       character; a salient feature; a characteristic; a
       peculiarity; hence, a particular; an item; a detail; as,
       the good or bad points of a man, a horse, a book, a story,
       etc.
    
             He told him, point for point, in short and plain.
                                                   --Chaucer.
    
             In point of religion and in point of honor. --Bacon.
    
             Shalt thou dispute With Him the points of liberty ?
                                                   --Milton.
    
    10. Hence, the most prominent or important feature, as of an
        argument, discourse, etc.; the essential matter; esp.,
        the proposition to be established; as, the point of an
        anecdote. ``Here lies the point.'' --Shak.
    
              They will hardly prove his point.    --Arbuthnot.
    
    11. A small matter; a trifle; a least consideration; a
        punctilio.
    
              This fellow doth not stand upon points. --Shak.
    
              [He] cared not for God or man a point. --Spenser.
    
    12. (Mus.) A dot or mark used to designate certain tones or
        time; as:
        (a) (Anc. Mus.) A dot or mark distinguishing or
            characterizing certain tones or styles; as, points of
            perfection, of augmentation, etc.; hence, a note; a
            tune. ``Sound the trumpet -- not a levant, or a
            flourish, but a point of war.'' --Sir W. Scott.
        (b) (Mod. Mus.) A dot placed at the right hand of a note,
            to raise its value, or prolong its time, by one half,
            as to make a whole note equal to three half notes, a
            half note equal to three quarter notes.
    
    13. (Astron.) A fixed conventional place for reference, or
        zero of reckoning, in the heavens, usually the
        intersection of two or more great circles of the sphere,
        and named specifically in each case according to the
        position intended; as, the equinoctial points; the
        solstitial points; the nodal points; vertical points,
        etc. See {Equinoctial Nodal}.
    
    14. (Her.) One of the several different parts of the
        escutcheon. See {Escutcheon}.
    
    15. (Naut.)
        (a) One of the points of the compass (see {Points of the
            compass}, below); also, the difference between two
            points of the compass; as, to fall off a point.
        (b) A short piece of cordage used in reefing sails. See
            {Reef point}, under {Reef}.
    
    16. (Anc. Costume) A a string or lace used to tie together
        certain parts of the dress. --Sir W. Scott.
    
    17. Lace wrought the needle; as, point de Venise; Brussels
        point. See Point lace, below.
    
    18. pl. (Railways) A switch. [Eng.]
    
    19. An item of private information; a hint; a tip; a pointer.
        [Cant, U. S.]
    
    20. (Cricket) A fielder who is stationed on the off side,
        about twelve or fifteen yards from, and a little in
        advance of, the batsman.
    
    21. The attitude assumed by a pointer dog when he finds game;
        as, the dog came to a point. See {Pointer}.
    
    22. (Type Making) A standard unit of measure for the size of
        type bodies, being one twelfth of the thickness of pica
        type. See {Point system of type}, under {Type}.
    
    23. A tyne or snag of an antler.
    
    24. One of the spaces on a backgammon board.
    
    25. (Fencing) A movement executed with the saber or foil; as,
        tierce point.
    
    Note: The word point is a general term, much used in the
          sciences, particularly in mathematics, mechanics,
          perspective, and physics, but generally either in the
          geometrical sense, or in that of degree, or condition
          of change, and with some accompanying descriptive or
          qualifying term, under which, in the vocabulary, the
          specific uses are explained; as, boiling point, carbon
          point, dry point, freezing point, melting point,
          vanishing point, etc.
    
    {At all points}, in every particular, completely; perfectly.
       --Shak.
    
    {At point}, {In point}, {At}, {In}, or On, {the point}, as
       near as can be; on the verge; about (see {About}, prep.,
       6); as, at the point of death; he was on the point of
       speaking. ``In point to fall down.'' --Chaucer. ``Caius
       Sidius Geta, at point to have been taken, recovered
       himself so valiantly as brought day on his side.''
       --Milton.
    
    {Dead point}. (Mach.) Same as {Dead center}, under {Dead}.
    
    {Far point} (Med.), in ophthalmology, the farthest point at
       which objects are seen distinctly. In normal eyes the
       nearest point at which objects are seen distinctly; either
       with the two eyes together (binocular near point), or with
       each eye separately (monocular near point).
    
    {Nine points of the law}, all but the tenth point; the
       greater weight of authority.
    
    {On the point}. See {At point}, above.
    
    {Point lace}, lace wrought with the needle, as distinguished
       from that made on the pillow.
    
    {Point net}, a machine-made lace imitating a kind of Brussels
       lace (Brussels ground).
    
    {Point of concurrence} (Geom.), a point common to two lines,
       but not a point of tangency or of intersection, as, for
       instance, that in which a cycloid meets its base.
    
    {Point of contrary flexure}, a point at which a curve changes
       its direction of curvature, or at which its convexity and
       concavity change sides.
    
    {Point of order}, in parliamentary practice, a question of
       order or propriety under the rules.
    
    {Point of sight} (Persp.), in a perspective drawing, the
       point assumed as that occupied by the eye of the
       spectator.
    
    {Point of view}, the relative position from which anything is
       seen or any subject is considered.
    
    {Points of the compass} (Naut.), the thirty-two points of
       division of the compass card in the mariner's compass; the
       corresponding points by which the circle of the horizon is
       supposed to be divided, of which the four marking the
       directions of east, west, north, and south, are called
       cardinal points, and the rest are named from their
       respective directions, as N. by E., N. N. E., N. E. by N.,
       N. E., etc. See Illust. under {Compass}.
    
    {Point paper}, paper pricked through so as to form a stencil
       for transferring a design.
    
    {Point system of type}. See under {Type}.
    
    {Singular point} (Geom.), a point of a curve which possesses
       some property not possessed by points in general on the
       curve, as a cusp, a point of inflection, a node, etc.
    
    {To carry one's point}, to accomplish one's object, as in a
       controversy.
    
    {To make a point of}, to attach special importance to.
    
    {To make}, or {gain}, {a point}, accomplish that which was
       proposed; also, to make advance by a step, grade, or
       position.
    
    {To mark}, or {score}, {a point}, as in billiards, cricket,
       etc., to note down, or to make, a successful hit, run,
       etc.
    
    {To strain a point}, to go beyond the proper limit or rule;
       to stretch one's authority or conscience.
    
    {Vowel point}, in Hebrew, and certain other Eastern and
       ancient languages, a mark placed above or below the
       consonant, or attached to it, representing the vowel, or
       vocal sound, which precedes or follows the consonant.
    
    
  4. \Point\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pointed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Pointing}.] [Cf. F. pointer. See {Point}, n.]
    1. To give a point to; to sharpen; to cut, forge, grind, or
       file to an acute end; as, to point a dart, or a pencil.
       Used also figuratively; as, to point a moral.
    
    2. To direct toward an abject; to aim; as, to point a gun at
       a wolf, or a cannon at a fort.
    
    3. Hence, to direct the attention or notice of.
    
             Whosoever should be guided through his battles by
             Minerva, and pointed to every scene of them. --Pope.
    
    4. To supply with punctuation marks; to punctuate; as, to
       point a composition.
    
    5. To mark (as Hebrew) with vowel points.
    
    6. To give particular prominence to; to designate in a
       special manner; to indicate, as if by pointing; as, the
       error was pointed out. --Pope.
    
             He points it, however, by no deviation from his
             straightforward manner of speech.     --Dickens.
    
    7. To indicate or discover by a fixed look, as game.
    
    8. (Masonry) To fill up and finish the joints of (a wall), by
       introducing additional cement or mortar, and bringing it
       to a smooth surface.
    
    9. (Stone Cutting) To cut, as a surface, with a pointed tool.
    
    {To point a rope} (Naut.), to taper and neatly finish off the
       end by interweaving the nettles.
    
    {To point a sail} (Naut.), to affix points through the eyelet
       holes of the reefs.
    
    {To point off}, to divide into periods or groups, or to
       separate, by pointing, as figures.
    
    {To point the yards} (of a vessel) (Naut.), to brace them so
       that the wind shall strike the sails obliquely. --Totten.
    
    
    
    
  5. \Point\ (point), v. i.
    1. To direct the point of something, as of a finger, for the
       purpose of designating an object, and attracting attention
       to it; -- with at.
    
             Now must the world point at poor Katharine. --Shak.
    
             Point at the tattered coat and ragged shoe.
                                                   --Dryden.
    
    2. To indicate the presence of game by fixed and steady look,
       as certain hunting dogs do.
    
             He treads with caution, and he points with fear.
                                                   --Gay.
    
    3. (Med.) To approximate to the surface; to head; -- said of
       an abscess.
    
    {To point at}, to treat with scorn or contempt by pointing or
       directing attention to.
    
    {To point well} (Naut.), to sail close to the wind; -- said
       of a vessel.
    
    
 
Computing Dictionary
 
 Definition: 

1. (Sometimes abbreviated "pt") The unit of length for text characters. There are six slightly different definitions: truchet point, didot point, ata point, tex point, postscript point, and in point.

The most commonly used are ATA in the USA and Didot in Europe.

A twip is 1/20 of a PostScript point.

different point systems.

2. To move a pointing device so that the on-screen pointer is positioned over a certain object on the screen such as a button in a graphical user interface. In most window systems it is then necessary to click a (physical) button on the pointing device to activate or select the object. In some systems, just pointing to an object is known as "mouse-over" event which may cause some help text (called a "tool tip" in windows) to be displayed.

 
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