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Definition of 'point'


  1. a geometric element that has position but no extension; "a point is defined by its coordinates"
  2. the precise location of something; a spatially limited location; "she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"
  3. 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"
  4. 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?"
       Synonyms: degree level stage
  5. an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole; "several of the details are similar"; "a point of information"
       Synonyms: detail item
  6. an instant of time; "at that point I had to leave"
       Synonyms: point in time
  7. the object of an activity; "what is the point of discussing it?"
  8. a V shape; "the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points"
       Synonyms: tip peak
  9. a very small circular shape; "a row of points"; "draw lines between the dots"
       Synonyms: dot
  10. the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest; "he scored 20 points in the first half"; "a touchdown counts 6 points"
  11. a promontory extending out into a large body of water; "they sailed south around the point"
  12. 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"
       Synonyms: item
  13. a style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect
  14. an outstanding characteristic; "his acting was one of the high points of the movie"
       Synonyms: spot
  15. sharp end; "he stuck the point of the knife into a tree"; "he broke the point of his pencil"
  16. any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass; "he checked the point on his compass"
       Synonyms: compass point
  17. a linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch
  18. 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"
       Synonyms: period full stop stop full point
  19. a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer; "the point of the arrow was due north"
       Synonyms: head
  20. the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp tip
       Synonyms: pointedness
       Antonyms: unpointedness
  21. a distinguishing or individuating characteristic; "he knows my bad points as well as my good points"
  22. the gun muzzle's direction; "he held me up at the point of a gun"
       Synonyms: gunpoint
  23. a wall socket
       Synonyms: power point
  24. a contact in the distributor; as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts them and current flows to the spark plugs
       Synonyms: distributor point breaker point


  1. 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"
       Synonyms: indicate show
  2. be oriented; "The weather vane points North"; "the dancers toes pointed outward"
       Synonyms: orient
  3. direct into a position for use; "point a gun"; "He charged his weapon at me"
       Synonyms: charge level
  4. direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
       Synonyms: steer maneuver manoeuver manoeuvre direct head guide channelize channelise
  5. 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"
       Synonyms: bespeak betoken indicate signal
  6. sail close to the wind
       Synonyms: 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; "He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face"; "criticism directed at her superior"; "direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself"
       Synonyms: target aim place direct
  12. give a point to; "The candles are tapered"
       Synonyms: sharpen taper
  13. repair the joints of bricks; "point a chimney"
       Synonyms: repoint

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