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point meaning

[ pɔint ]   Pronunciation:
Synonyms of "point""point" in a sentence

  • - Verb: point  poynt
    1. Indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively
      "He pointed to the empty parking space"
      - indicate, designate, show 
    2. Be oriented
      "The weather vane points North"; "the dancers toes pointed outward"
      - orient 
    3. Direct into a position for use
      "point a gun"
      - charge, level 
    4. Direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
      - steer, maneuver [US], manoeuver [non-standard], manoeuvre [Brit, Cdn], direct, head, guide, channelize, channelise [Brit] 
    5. Be a signal for or a symptom of
      "Her behaviour points to a severe neurosis"
      - bespeak, betoken [archaic], indicate, signal 
    6. Sail close to the wind
      - luff 
    7. Mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics 
    8. Mark with diacritics
      "point the letter" 
    9. Mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes 
    10. Be positionable in a specified manner
      "The gun points with ease" 
    11. Intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
      - target, aim, place, direct 
    12. Indicate the presence of (game) by standing and pointing with the muzzle
      "the dog pointed the dead duck" 
    13. Give a point to
      - sharpen, taper 
    14. Repair the joints of bricks
      "point a chimney"
      - repoint

    Derived forms: pointed, points, pointing

    See also: pointer, point-of-sale, sharp-pointed

    Type of: aim, amount, be, bushel [US], change form, change shape, characteristic, command, component, component part, constituent, contact, control, convex shape, convexity, deform, direct, direction, disc, disk [N. Amer], doctor, electric outlet, electric receptacle, electrical outlet, element, end, fact, factor, fix, foreland, furbish up, gun muzzle, head, headland, import, inform, ingredient, label, lie, linear measure, linear unit, loan, location, mark, mathematical notation, meaning, measure, mend, muzzle, object, objective, outlet, part, portion, promontory, punctuation, punctuation mark, quantity, relevance, relevancy, repair, restore, sail, saucer, significance, signification, state, tag, take, take aim, tangency, taper, target, tell, terminal, touch on, train, unit, unit of measurement, wall plug, wall socket

    Part of: alpenstock, arrow, arrowhead, awl, blade, brand, cone, cone shape, conoid, distributer, distributor, electrical distributor, em, ice pick, icepick, knife, list, listing, needle, pencil, pica, pica em, pin, pointer, score, steel, sword

    Encyclopedia: Point, Outer Hebrides Point Point, Texas Point, TX

  • [Architecture]

    See glazier's point.


    A mason's tool; See wasting.


    See pointing.

  • [Business]
    noun, verb



    1 [C]

    a thing that sb says or writes giving their opinion or stating a fact:

    She made several interesting points at the meeting.

    I take your point (= understand and accept what you are saying).

    He tried to prove his point (= to show his idea was right) by referring back to similar projects which had failed.

    After making an important point, pause or repeat it to reinforce its significance.

    The bank governor conceded that they had a point

    (= their idea was right) after all.

    ❖ to make/raise a point

    ◆ to discuss/get across/prove a point

    2 (usually the point) [sing.]

    the main or most important idea in sth that is said or done:

    The point is that unless we reduce costs we'll go bankrupt.

    I'll come straight to the point: we need more money.

    I think I missed the point

    (= did not understand).

    I know it won't be cheap but that's not the point (= not the important thing).

    That's beside the point

    (= not important).

    ❖ to come to/get to the point

    ◆ to get/miss the point

    3 [U; sing.]

    the purpose or aim of sth:

    What's the point of this memo?

    There's no point in throwing good money after bad.

    I don't see the point in discussing this matter again.

    The point of the exercise is to improve your management skills.

    4 [C]

    a particular detail or fact:

    The main points of the meeting were summarized in the minutes.

    a six-point survival guide for new managers

    Point 6 on the agenda deals with the application of profits.

    We need to consult a specialist who can take us through the finer points (= small details) of the law in this matter.

    the main/finer points (of sth)

    5 [C]

    a particular quality or feature that sb/sth has:

    He has some good points.

    One of the project's plus points is that it is very cheap.

    good/strong/plus points

    6 [C]

    a particular time, stage or level:

    At one point, the dollar fell to 128¢ to the euro.

    The negotiations have reached a critical point.

    The shares are trading at their lowest point for several years.

    They were on the point of signing the contract when they got cold feet.

    We had reached the point when there was no money left.

    At this point, it is hard to say what will happen in the manufacturing sector.

    We will have to change the strategy at some point in the future.

    At this point in time we just have to wait and see what happens.

    a high/low point

    ◆ to get to/reach a point

    7 (Finance ) [C]

    a mark or unit on a scale of measurement, especially a financial index:

    Blue chip stocks were up 87 points.

    The FTSE index closed down 144.51 points.

    Denmark's central bank cut its rates by half a point.

    ❖ to drop/fall/increase/jump/rise (by) ... points

    8 [C]

    a unit used to measure the quality of sb/sth:

    Lending decisions are made on a points system.

    9 [C]

    a particular place or area:

    I'll wait for you at the meeting point in the arrivals hall.

    Hamburg remains the focal point (= the centre) of our work.

    Please choose your desired departure or destination point on the map.

    10 [C]

    a small dot that separates a whole number from the part that comes after it:

    a decimal point

    2.6 (said: 'two point six')


    point of contact

    a place where you go or a person that you speak to when you are dealing with an organization:

    The receptionist is the first point of contact most people have with the company.

    a point of departure


    a place where a journey starts


    an idea, a theory or an event that is used to start a discussion, an activity, etc:

    The idea of a joint venture in China was the point of departure for the talks.

    POINT verb

    verb [+ obj or no obj]

    to lead to or suggest a particular development or a logical way to continue an argument:

    The evidence seems to point in that direction.

    The recent trends seem to point to further instability in the market.


    point out (to sb); point sth out (to sb)

    to mention sth in order to give sb information about it or make them notice it:

    The head of the union pointed out that the proposals would inevitably involve job cuts.

    She pointed out areas where we could improve.

    point sth up (formal)

    to emphasize sth so that it becomes more noticeable:

    The market analyst pointed up the dangers of deflation.

    The conference merely pointed up divisions in the industry concerning this matter.


  • [Economics]
    See tick

  • [Finance]
    The smallest unit of price change quoted, or one one-hundredth of a percent. Related: Minimum price fluctuation and tick.

  • [Medicine]
    1 : a narrowly localized place or area
    2 : the terminal usu. sharp or narrowly rounded part of something
    3 : a definite measurable position in a scale —see BOILING POINT, FREEZING POINT
    vi of an abscess : to become distended with pus prior to breaking

  • [Sports]
    A position just inside the attacking blue line usually occupied by a defenseman when his team is in control of the puck inside the attack zone.
    Also referred to controlling the puck at the line.

  • [Computer]
    1. <unit, text> (Sometimes abbreviated "pt") The unit of length used in typography to specify text character height, rule width, and other small measurements.

    There are six slightly different definitions: Truchet point, Didot point, ATA point, TeX point, Postscript point, and IN point.

    In Europe, the most commonly used is Didot and in the US, the formerly standard ATA point has essentially been replaced by the PostScript point due to the demise of traditional typesetting systems and rise of desktop computer based systems running software such as QuarkXPress, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Pagemaker.

    There are 20 twips in a point and 12 points in a pica (known as a "Cicero" in the Didot system).

    2. <hardware> 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.
  • I can not bring him to my point of view.
  • I offer a word of remark on the point.
  • It 's inadvisable to overemphasize this point.
  • Mr. attlee made a searching point.
  • She could contest the point with him no further.
  • What is your point of view on nuclear power?
  • I am glad you raised that point.
  • Be sure to make this point clear to everyone.
  • We each have a different point of view.
  • In speaking one should be short and to the point ...
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