[pɒɪnt] or [pɔɪnt]
(noun.) sharp end; 'he stuck the point of the knife into a tree'; 'he broke the point of his pencil'.
(noun.) a wall socket.
(noun.) the gun muzzle's direction; 'he held me up at the point of a gun'.
(noun.) an outstanding characteristic; 'his acting was one of the high points of the movie'.
(noun.) a distinguishing or individuating characteristic; 'he knows my bad points as well as my good points'.
(noun.) the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp tip.
(noun.) a geometric element that has position but no extension; 'a point is defined by its coordinates'.
(noun.) the object of an activity; 'what is the point of discussing it?'.
(noun.) 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'.
(noun.) a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer; 'the point of the arrow was due north'.
(noun.) the precise location of something; a spatially limited location; 'she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street'.
(noun.) a promontory extending out into a large body of water; 'they sailed south around the point'.
(noun.) 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.
(noun.) the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest; 'he scored 20 points in the first half'; 'a touchdown counts 6 points'.
(noun.) a linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch.
(noun.) a style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect.
(noun.) a V shape; 'the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points'.
(noun.) a very small circular shape; 'a row of points'; 'draw lines between the dots'.
(noun.) an instant of time; 'at that point I had to leave'.
(verb.) repair the joints of bricks; 'point a chimney'.
(verb.) be positionable in a specified manner; 'The gun points with ease'.
(verb.) indicate the presence of (game) by standing and pointing with the muzzle; 'the dog pointed the dead duck'.
(verb.) mark with diacritics; 'point the letter'.
(verb.) mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes.
(verb.) mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics.
(v. t. & i.) To appoint.
(n.) That which pricks or pierces; the sharp end of anything, esp. the sharp end of a piercing instrument, as a needle or a pin.
(n.) 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.
(n.) 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.
(n.) The mark made by the end of a sharp, piercing instrument, as a needle; a prick.
(n.) 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.
(n.) An indivisible portion of time; a moment; an instant; hence, the verge.
(n.) 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.
(n.) 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.
(n.) 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.
(n.) 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.
(n.) A small matter; a trifle; a least consideration; a punctilio.
(n.) A dot or mark used to designate certain tones or time
(n.) A dot or mark distinguishing or characterizing certain tones or styles; as, points of perfection, of augmentation, etc.; hence, a note; a tune.
(n.) 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.
(n.) 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.
(n.) One of the several different parts of the escutcheon. See Escutcheon.
(n.) 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.
(n.) A short piece of cordage used in reefing sails. See Reef point, under Reef.
(n.) A a string or lace used to tie together certain parts of the dress.
(n.) Lace wrought the needle; as, point de Venise; Brussels point. See Point lace, below.
(n.) A switch.
(n.) An item of private information; a hint; a tip; a pointer.
(n.) A fielder who is stationed on the off side, about twelve or fifteen yards from, and a little in advance of, the batsman.
(n.) The attitude assumed by a pointer dog when he finds game; as, the dog came to a point. See Pointer.
(n.) 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.
(n.) A tyne or snag of an antler.
(n.) One of the spaces on a backgammon board.
(n.) A movement executed with the saber or foil; as, tierce point.
(n.) 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.
(n.) To direct toward an abject; to aim; as, to point a gun at a wolf, or a cannon at a fort.
(n.) Hence, to direct the attention or notice of.
(n.) To supply with punctuation marks; to punctuate; as, to point a composition.
(n.) To mark (as Hebrew) with vowel points.
(n.) To give particular prominence to; to designate in a special manner; to indicate, as if by pointing; as, the error was pointed out.
(n.) To indicate or discover by a fixed look, as game.
(n.) To fill up and finish the joints of (a wall), by introducing additional cement or mortar, and bringing it to a smooth surface.
(n.) To cut, as a surface, with a pointed tool.
(v. i.) To direct the point of something, as of a finger, for the purpose of designating an object, and attracting attention to it; -- with at.
(v. i.) To indicate the presence of game by fixed and steady look, as certain hunting dogs do.
(v. i.) To approximate to the surface; to head; -- said of an abscess.
n. . Sharp end.. Cape, headland, projection.. Moment, instant, period, verge, eve.. Spot, place, station, stage.. Degree, grade, state, condition.. Object, end, aim, purpose, design.. Punctilio, nicety.. Question, position, thesis, theme, proposition, text, subject-matter, moot point.. Respect, particular aspect.. Characteristic, peculiarity, salient trait.. Mark (as of punctuation), character, stop.. Dot, speck.. Sally, witticism, flash of wit, lively turn of thought.. Poignancy, sting.
v. a. . Sharpen, make pointed.. Aim, level, direct.. Indicate, designate, show, point out, direct attention to.. Punctuate.
SYN:Aim, level, direct, show, indicate,[See INDICATE]
SYN:Apex, top, summit, sharp_end, aim, purpose, subject_matter, object,[See ACME]
n. anything coming to a sharp end: the mark made by a sharp instrument: (geom.) that which has position but not length breadth or thickness: a mark showing the divisions of a sentence: (mus.) a dot at the right hand of a note to lengthen it by one-half: needle-point lace: a very small space: a moment of time: a small affair: a single thing: a single assertion: the precise thing to be considered: anything intended: exact place: degree: the unit of count in a game: (print.) a unit of measurement for type-bodies: an advantage: that which stings as the point of an epigram: an imaginary relish in 'potatoes and point:' a lively turn of thought: that which awakens attention: a peculiarity characteristic: (cricket) the fielder standing at the immediate right of the batsman and slightly in advance: a signal given by a trumpet: (pl.) chief or excellent features as of a horse &c.: the switch or movable rails which allow a train to pass from one line to another.—v.t. to give a point to: to sharpen: to aim: to direct one's attention: to punctuate as a sentence: to fill the joints of with mortar as a wall.—v.i. to direct the finger the eye or the mind towards an object: to show game by looking as a dog.—adj. Point′ed having a sharp point: sharp: intended for some particular person: personal: keen: telling: (archit.) having sharply-pointed arches Gothic.—adv. Point′edly.—ns. Point′edness; Point′er that which points: a dog trained to point out game; Point′ing the act of sharpening: the marking of divisions in writing by points or marks: act of filling the crevices of a wall with mortar; Point′ing-stock a thing to be pointed at a laughing-stock; Point′-lace a fine kind of lace wrought with the needle.—adj. Point′less having no point: blunt: dull: wanting keenness or smartness; Points′man a man who has charge of the points or switches on a railway; Point′-sys′tem a standard system of sizes for type-bodies one point being .0138 inch.—Point for point exactly: all particulars; Point of order a question raised in a deliberative society as to whether proceedings are according to the rules; Point of view the position from which one looks at anything; Point out (B.) to assign; Points of the compass the points north south east and west along with the twenty-eight smaller divisions marked on the card of the mariner's compass.—At all points completely; At or On the point of just about to; Cardinal point (see Cardinal); Carry one's point to gain what one contends for in controversy; From point to point from one particular to another; Give points to to give odds to: to give an advantageous hint on any subject; In point apposite; In point of with regard to; Make a point of to attach special importance to; Stand upon points to be over-scrupulous; Strain a point to go beyond proper limits; To the point appropriate.
- The first cast-iron lighthouse was put up at Point Morant, Jamaica, in 1842. 威廉·亨利·杜利特. 世纪发明.
- If the central depths were untouched, hardly a pin-point of surface remained the same. 伊迪丝·华顿. 快乐之家.
- The same point is frequently at this day a matter of controversy in the wine countries. 亚当·斯密. 国富论.
- You must therefore allow me to follow the dictates of my conscience on this occasion, which leads me to perform what I look on as a point of duty. 简·奥斯汀. 傲慢与偏见.
- That is not the way things come about: we grow into a new point of view: only afterwards, in looking back, do we see the landmarks of our progress. 沃尔特·李普曼. 政治序论.
- At that point I slackened my pace and proceeded cautiously, but I saw no one, and heard no voices. 威尔基·柯林斯. 白衣女人.
- At this point the water recedes a few hundred yards from the high land. 尤利西斯·格兰特. U．S．格兰特的个人回忆录.
- There are some points which are as dark as ever. 阿瑟·柯南·道尔. 福尔摩斯归来记.
- She thought the praise not warm enough, and proceeded to direct attention to the various decorative points of her attire. 夏洛蒂·勃朗特. 维莱特.
- In that case one of the main points in favor of the accused disappears. 阿瑟·柯南·道尔. 福尔摩斯回忆录.
- I approached slowly, and on the points of my feet. 哈里特·威尔逊. 哈里特·威尔逊回忆录.
- We may note one or two points of difference from the equivalent life of the nomadic Semites. 赫伯特·乔治·威尔斯. 世界史纲.
- It puts the student in the habitual attitude of finding points of contact and mutual bearings. 约翰·杜威. 民主与教育.
- Let us run through the main points of your statement and see what they are worth. 威尔基·柯林斯. 白衣女人.
- She called to me faintly, and pointed to a little phial in her work-box. 威尔基·柯林斯. 月亮宝石.
- He stooped a little, and with his tattered blue cap pointed under the carriage. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 双城记.
- He led them into a stone kitchen, fitted with coppers for dressing the prison food, and pointed to a door. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 雾都孤儿.
- Ay, but he held his sword in his left hand, and so pointed across his body with it, said the Templar. 沃尔特·司各特. 艾凡赫.
- You go away like this, he pointed to the thumb, and come back like this, he touched the little finger. 欧内斯特·海明威. 永别了,武器.
- The house presented two pointed gables in its front; the windows were latticed and narrow: the front door was narrow too, one step led up to it. 夏洛蒂·勃朗特. 简·爱.
- Asking the operator the best direction, he pointed west, and noticing a rabbit in a clear space in the sage bushes, I said, 'There is one now. 弗兰克·刘易斯·戴尔. 爱迪生的生平和发明.
- He said that if he had permission he would move so and so (pointing out how) against the Confederates, and that he could whip them. 尤利西斯·格兰特. U．S．格兰特的个人回忆录.
- Don't holler till you're out of the wood, sir, said Gurt dryly, pointing to the sea. 弗格斯·休姆. 奇幻岛.
- Surely the plain inference that follows needs no pointing out? 威尔基·柯林斯. 白衣女人.
- Is the hand not always pointing there? 查尔斯·狄更斯. 荒凉山庄.
- Sign there, he repeated, turning suddenly on Laura, and pointing once more to the place on the parchment. 威尔基·柯林斯. 白衣女人.
- Look at that, James and Mr. Crawley, cried Mrs. Bute, pointing at the scared figure of the black-eyed, guilty wench. 威廉·梅克比斯·萨克雷. 名利场.
- Tom, said Eva, suddenly stopping, and pointing to the lake, there 't is. 哈丽叶特·比切·斯托. 汤姆叔叔的小屋.