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  1. point
    IPA[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:

      Andrews caught him on the point
    • 5. the prong of a deer's antler:

      a fine buck of eight points
    • 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:

      points were allocated according to the inadequacy of the existing accommodation
    • 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:

      a pure white dog with black points
    • 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

    verb

    • 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:

      the bricks have been poorly pointed
    • 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

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

      a pointed flake or blade, especially one that has been worked.

    • verb

      direct someone's attention towards something by extending one's finger or something held in one's hand:

      indicate a particular time, direction, or reading:

    • adjective

      having a sharpened or tapered tip or end:

      (of a remark or look) expressing criticism in a direct and unambiguous way:

    • noun

      cement or mortar used to fill the joints of brickwork or masonry, especially when added externally to a wall to improve its appearance and weatherproofing.

      the action of filling the joints of brickwork or masonry with mortar.

    • noun

      the action of filling the joints of brickwork or masonry with mortar:

      cement or mortar used to fill the joints of brickwork or masonry, especially when added externally to a wall to improve its appearance and weatherproofing:

    • adjective

      having a sharpened or tapered tip or end:

      (of a remark or look) expressing criticism in a direct and unambiguous way:

    • adjective

      (of a shot, bullet, or other missile) fired from very close to its target:

      (of a statement or question) direct and without explanation or qualification:

    • adverb

      (of the firing of a shot, bullet, or other missile) from very close to its target:

      in a blunt and direct manner, without explanation or qualification:

    • noun

      a place or time at which an interruption or change is made.

      a place in a computer program where the sequence of instructions is interrupted, especially by another program or by the operator.

    • noun

      a steel needle for engraving on a bare copper plate without acid.

      an engraving or print produced with a dry point needle.

    • noun

      a point on a phase diagram at which both the liquid and gas phases of a substance have the same density, and are therefore indistinguishable.

      a point on a curve where the gradient is zero.

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