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  1. point
  2. noun

    • 1. the tapered, sharp end of a tool, weapon, or other object:

      the point of his dagger a pencil point
      Synonym : tip, sharp end, tapered end, end, extremity, prong, spike, tine, nib, barb
    • 2. a pointed flake or blade, especially one that has been worked.

    • 3. another term for pointe

    • 4. the tip of a person's chin as a spot for a blow.

    • 5. the prong of a deer's antler.

    • 6. a dot or other punctuation mark, in particular a period.

    • 7. a decimal point:

      fifty-five point nine
    • 8. a dot or small stroke used in the alphabets of Semitic languages to indicate vowels or distinguish particular consonants.

    • 9. a very small dot or mark on a surface:

      the sky was studded with points of light
      Synonym : pinpoint, dot, spot, speck, fleck, mark
    • 10. a particular spot, place, or position in an area or on a map, object, or surface:

      turn left at the point where you see a sign to Apple Grove the furthermost point of the gallery the check-in point
    • 11. a particular moment in time or stage in a process:

      from this point onward, the teacher was completely won over
      Synonym : time, stage, juncture, period, phase, moment in time, moment, instant
    • 12. the critical or decisive moment:

      when it came to the point he would probably do what was expected of him
      Synonym : decisive moment, critical moment, moment of truth, point of no return, crunch, crux, zero hour
    • 13. the verge or brink of (doing or being something):

      she was on the point of leaving
    • 14. a stage or level at which a change of state occurs:

      it is packed to the bursting point
    • 15. a wall outlet or jack:

      a telephone point
    • 16. (in geometry) something having position but not spatial extent, magnitude, dimension, or direction, for example the intersection of two lines.

    • 17. a single item or detail in an extended discussion, list, or text:

      you ignore a number of important points
    • 18. an argument or idea put forward by a person in discussion:

      he made the point that economic regulation involves controls on pricing
      Synonym : most important fact, main point, central point, essential point, essence, nub, focal point, salient point, heart of the matter, keynote, core, pith, marrow, meat, crux, meaning, significance, signification, import, gist, substance, drift, thrust, burden, theme, sense, moral, relevance, tenor, brass tacks, nitty-gritty
    • 19. the significant or essential element of what is intended or being discussed:

      it took her a long time to come to the point
    • 20. advantage or purpose that can be gained from doing something:

      there was no point in denying the truth what's the point of having things I don't need?
    • 21. relevance or effectiveness.

    • 22. a distinctive feature or characteristic, typically a good one, of a person or thing:

      he has his good points
    • 23. (in sports and games) a mark or unit of scoring:

      he scored 13 of his team's final 19 points against Houston
    • 24. (in craps) the combination total of the two thrown dice (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10) that permits a shooter to keep throwing until he or she throws the same number again and wins.

    • 25. a unit used in measuring value, achievement, or extent:

      the shares index was down seven points
    • 26. an advantage or success in an argument or discussion:

      she smiled, assuming she had won her point
    • 27. a unit of credit toward an award or benefit.

    • 28. a percentage of the profits from a movie or recording offered to certain people involved in its production.

    • 29. a punishment imposed by the courts for a driving offense and recorded cumulatively on a person's driver's license:

      operating under the influence meant ten points marked up against the driver
    • 30. (in piquet) the longest suit in a player's hand, containing a specified number of up to eight cards.

    • 31. a unit of weight (one hundredth of a carat, or 2 mg) for diamonds.

    • 32. a unit of varying value, used in quoting the price of stocks, bonds, or futures.

    • 33. a value assigned to certain cards (4 points for an ace, 3 for a king, 2 for a queen, and 1 for a jack, sometimes with extra points for long or short suits) by a player in assessing the strength of a hand.

    • 34. each of thirty-two directions marked at equal distances around a compass.

    • 35. a direction toward the horizon corresponding to the direction marked on a compass.

    • 36. the angular interval between two successive points of a compass, i.e. one eighth of a right angle (11° 15ʹ).

    • 37. unspecified places considered in terms of their direction from a specified place:

      they headed down I-95 to Philadelphia and points south
    • 38. a narrow piece of land jutting out into a lake or ocean:

      the boat came around the point Sandy Point
    • 39. a unit of measurement for type sizes and spacing, which in the US and UK is one twelfth of a pica, or 0.013835 inch (0.351 mm), and in Europe is 0.015 inch (0.376 mm).

    • 40. either of two areas in each attacking zone, just inside the blue line where it meets the boards.

    • 41. a position at the front of the court, usually manned by the guard who sets up the team's defense.

    • 42. each of a set of electrical contacts in the distributor of a motor vehicle.

    • 43. a small leading party of an advanced guard of troops.

    • 44. the position at the head of a column or wedge of troops:

      another marine said he would walk point because I had done it on the last patrol
    • 45. short for point man

    • 46. the extremities of an animal, typically a horse or cat, such as the face, paws, and tail of a Siamese cat.

    • 47. a spot to which a straight run is made.

    • 48. a straight run:

      our fox made his point to Moorhill
    • 49. a tagged piece of ribbon or cord used for lacing a garment or attaching breeches to a doublet.

    • 50. a short piece of cord for tying up a reef in a sail.

    • 51. the action or position of a dog in pointing:

      a bird dog on point
    • 52. an important phrase or subject, especially in a contrapuntal composition.

    • 53. another term for switch


    • 1. direct someone's attention toward something by extending one's finger or something held in one's hand:

      the boys were nudging each other and pointing at me he gripped her arm and pointed to the seat it's rude to point
    • 2. indicate a particular time, direction, or reading:

      a sign pointing left
    • 3. direct or aim (something) at someone or something:

      he pointed the flashlight beam at the floor
      Synonym : aim, direct, level, train, draw/get a bead on
    • 4. face or be turned in a particular direction:

      two of its toes point forward and two point back
    • 5. (of a dog) indicate the presence of (game) by standing rigid while looking toward it.

    • 6. cite or put forward a fact or situation as evidence of something:

      he points to several factors supporting this conclusion
    • 7. (of a situation) be evidence or an indication that (something) is likely to happen or be the case:

      everything pointed to an Eastern attack
      Synonym : indicate, suggest, be evidence of, evidence, signal, signify, denote, be symptomatic of, be a sign/symptom of, reveal, manifest, bespeak, betoken
    • 8. give force or emphasis to (words or actions):

      he wouldn't miss the opportunity to point a moral
    • 9. extend (the toes or feet) in line with the leg by tensing the foot and ankle in such a way as to form a point:

      reach up with your arms and point your toes
    • 10. fill in or repair the joints of (brickwork, a brick structure, or tiling) with smoothly finished mortar or cement.

    • 11. give a sharp, tapered point to:

      he twisted and pointed his mustache
    • 12. insert points in (written Hebrew).

    • 13. mark (Psalms) with signs for chanting.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: point, plural noun: points

    • v.: verb: point, 3rd person present: points, gerund or present participle: pointing, past tense: pointed, past participle: pointed

    • noun

      a particular position or point in space:

      a particular point on a larger surface or in a larger object or area:

    • verb

      put in a particular position:

      cause to be in a particular situation:

    • noun

      a building for human habitation, especially one that is lived in by a family or small group of people.

      the people living in a house; a household:

    • adjective

      (of an animal or plant) kept in, frequenting, or infesting buildings.

      relating to a business, institution, or society:

    • verb

      provide (a person or animal) with shelter or living quarters:

      provide space for; accommodate:

    • noun

      work, especially hard physical work:

      workers, especially manual workers, considered collectively:

    • verb

      work hard; make great effort:

      work at an unskilled manual occupation:

    • noun

      the female ruler of an independent state, especially one who inherits the position by right of birth.

      a king's wife.

    • verb

      (of a woman) behave in an unpleasantly superior way toward (someone).

      convert (a pawn) into a queen when it reaches the opponent's back rank on the board.

    • adjective

      open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values:

      favorable to or respectful of individual rights and freedoms:

    • noun

      a person of liberal views.

      a supporter or member of a Liberal Party.

    • noun

      the person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country:

      (in the UK) a member of the government officially responsible for initiating business in the House of Commons or House of Lords.

    • noun

      someone or something having power, authority, or influence; a master or ruler:

      (in the UK) a man of noble rank or high office; a peer.

    • exclamation

      used in exclamations expressing surprise or worry, or for emphasis:
    • verb

      act in a superior and domineering manner toward (someone).

      confer the title of Lord upon.

    • noun

      a measure, quantity, or frequency, typically one measured against some other quantity or measure:

      the speed with which something moves, happens, or changes:

    • verb

      assign a standard or value to (something) according to a particular scale:

      assign a standard, optimal, or limiting rating to (a piece of equipment):

    • noun

      the male ruler of an independent state, especially one who inherits the position by right of birth:

      a person or thing regarded as the finest or most important in its sphere or group:

    • verb

      make (someone) king.

      act in an unpleasantly superior and domineering manner:

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