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  1. point
    IPA[point]
  2. n. 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, extremity, prong, spike, tine, nib, barb
    • 2. a pointed flake or blade, especially one that has been worked.

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

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

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

    • 6. a decimal point:

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

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

      the sky was studded with points of light
      Synonym : pinpoint, dot, spot, speck, fleck
    • 9. 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
    • 10. a particular moment in time or stage in a process:

      from this point onward, the teacher was completely won over
    • 11. the critical or decisive moment:

      when it came to the point, he would probably do what was expected of him
    • 12. the verge or brink of (doing or being something):

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

      it is packed to the bursting point
      Synonym : level, degree, stage, pitch, extent
    • 14. (in geometry) something having position but not spatial extent, magnitude, dimension, or direction, for example the intersection of two lines.

    • 15. a wall outlet or jack:

      a telephone point
    • 16. a single item or detail in an extended discussion, list, or text:

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

      he made the point that economic regulation involves controls on pricing
      Synonym : heart of the matter, most important part, essence, nub, keynote, core, pith, crux, meaning, significance, gist, substance, thrust, bottom line, burden, relevance, brass tacks, nitty-gritty
    • 18. the significant or essential element of what is intended or being discussed:

      it took her a long time to come to the point
    • 19. 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?
    • 20. relevance or effectiveness.

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

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

      he scored 13 of his team's final 19 points against Houston
    • 23. (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.

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

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

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

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

    • 28. 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
    • 29. a unit of weight (one hundredth of a carat, or 2 mg) for diamonds.

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

    • 31. 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.

    • 32. (in piquet) the longest suit in a player's hand, containing a specified number of up to eight cards.

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

    • 34. the corresponding direction toward the horizon.

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

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

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

      the boat came around the point Sandy Point
    • 38. 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).

    • 39. a frontcourt position, usually manned by the guard who sets up the team's defense.

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

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

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

    • 43. 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
    • 44. the extremities of an animal, typically a horse or cat, such as the face, paws, and tail of a Siamese cat.

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

    • 46. a straight run:

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

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

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

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

    v. verb

    • 1. direct someone's attention to the position or direction of something, typically by extending one's finger:

      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
    • 4. face or be turned in a particular direction:

      two of its toes point forward and two point back
    • 5. cite or put forward a fact or situation as evidence of something:

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

      everything pointed to an eastern attack
    • 7. (of a dog) indicate the presence of (game) by acting as pointer.

    • 8. extend (the toes or feet) by tensing the foot and ankle so as to form a point.

    • 9. give force or emphasis to (words or actions):

      he wouldn't miss the opportunity to point a moral
    • 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

    • n. noun

      a particular position or point in space:

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

    • v. verb

      put in a particular position:

      cause to be in a particular situation:

    • n. 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.

      of or relating to a business, institution, or society:

    • v. verb

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

      provide space for; accommodate:

    • n. noun

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

      a king's wife.

    • v. verb

      (of a woman) behave in an unpleasant and superior way toward.

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

    • n. noun

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

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

    • v. 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):

    • adjective

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

      favorable to or respectful of individual rights and freedoms:

    • n. noun

      an independent country or community, especially a democratic republic.

      an aggregate or grouping of countries or other bodies.

    • n. noun

      a woman (used as a polite or old-fashioned form of reference):

      an informal, often brusque, form of address to a woman:

    • n. noun

      (in the Middle Ages) a man who served his sovereign or lord as a mounted soldier in armor.

      (in the Middle Ages) a man raised by a sovereign to honorable military rank after service as a page and squire.

    • abbreviation

      (in calculating dates) Old Style.

      operating system.

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