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English Dictionary: point by the DICT Development Group
9 results for point
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  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. an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole; "several of the details are similar"; "a point of information"
    Synonym(s): detail, item, point
  5. 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?"
    Synonym(s): degree, level, stage, point
  6. an instant of time; "at that point I had to leave"
    Synonym(s): point, 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"
    Synonym(s): point, tip, peak
  9. a very small circular shape; "a row of points"; "draw lines between the dots"
    Synonym(s): point, 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"
    Synonym(s): item, point
  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"
    Synonym(s): point, 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"
    Synonym(s): compass point, point
  17. a linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch
  18. one percent of the total principal of a loan; it is paid at the time the loan is made and is independent of the interest on the loan
  19. 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"
    Synonym(s): period, point, full stop, stop, full point
  20. a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer; "the point of the arrow was due north"
    Synonym(s): point, head
  21. the dot at the left of a decimal fraction
    Synonym(s): decimal point, percentage point, point
  22. the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp tip
    Synonym(s): point, pointedness
    Antonym(s): unpointedness
  23. a distinguishing or individuating characteristic; "he knows my bad points as well as my good points"
  24. the gun muzzle's direction; "he held me up at the point of a gun"
    Synonym(s): point, gunpoint
  25. a wall socket
    Synonym(s): point, power point
  26. a contact in the distributor; as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts them and current flows to the spark plugs
    Synonym(s): distributor point, breaker point, 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"
    Synonym(s): indicate, point, designate, show
  2. be oriented; "The weather vane points North"; "the dancers toes pointed outward"
    Synonym(s): orient, point
  3. direct into a position for use; "point a gun"; "He charged his weapon at me"
    Synonym(s): charge, level, point
  4. direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
    Synonym(s): steer, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, direct, point, 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"
    Synonym(s): bespeak, betoken, indicate, point, signal
  6. sail close to the wind
    Synonym(s): luff, point
  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"
    Synonym(s): target, aim, place, direct, point
  12. indicate the presence of (game) by standing and pointing with the muzzle; "the dog pointed the dead duck"
  13. give a point to; "The candles are tapered"
    Synonym(s): sharpen, taper, point
  14. repair the joints of bricks; "point a chimney"
    Synonym(s): point, repoint
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Lubber \Lub"ber\, n. [Cf. dial. Sw. lubber. See {Looby}, {Lob}.]
      A heavy, clumsy, or awkward fellow; a sturdy drone; a clown.
               Lingering lubbers lose many a penny.      --Tusser.
      {Land lubber}, a name given in contempt by sailors to a
            person who lives on land.
      {Lubber grasshopper} (Zo[94]l.), a large, stout, clumsy
            grasshopper; esp., {Brachystola magna}, from the Rocky
            Mountain plains, and {Romalea microptera}, which is
            injurious to orange trees in Florida.
      {Lubber's hole} (Naut.), a hole in the floor of the
            [bd]top,[b8] next the mast, through which sailors may go
            aloft without going over the rim by the futtock shrouds.
            It is considered by seamen as only fit to be used by
            lubbers. --Totten.
      {Lubber's line}, {point}, [or] {mark}, a line or point in the
            compass case indicating the head of the ship, and
            consequently the course which the ship is steering.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Point \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
      {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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Point \Point\ (point), v. t. & i.
      To appoint. [Obs.] --Spenser.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Point \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.
      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. [bd]A point of precedence.[b8] --Selden.
            [bd]Creeping on from point to point.[b8] --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,
                     He told him, point for point, in short and plain.
                     In point of religion and in point of honor. --Bacon.
                     Shalt thou dispute With Him the points of liberty ?
      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. [bd]Here lies the point.[b8] --Shak.
                     They will hardly prove his point.      --Arbuthnot.
      11. A small matter; a trifle; a least consideration; a
                     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. [bd]Sound the trumpet -- not a levant, or a
                  flourish, but a point of war.[b8] --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.
      {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. [bd]In point to fall down.[b8] --Chaucer.
            [bd]Caius Sidius Geta, at point to have been taken,
            recovered himself so valiantly as brought day on his
            side.[b8] --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
      {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
      {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
      {To mark}, [or] {score}, {a point}, as in billiards, cricket,
            etc., to note down, or to make, a successful hit, run,
      {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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Point \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Point \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.
      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.
      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.

From U.S. Gazetteer (1990) [gazetteer]:
   Point, TX (city, FIPS 58532)
      Location: 32.93013 N, 95.87014 W
      Population (1990): 645 (283 housing units)
      Area: 7.2 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water)
      Zip code(s): 75472

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      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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