Definition of Point

1. Noun. A geometric element that has position but no extension. "A point is defined by its coordinates"

2. Verb. Indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively. "He indicated his opponents"
Exact synonyms: Designate, Indicate, Show
Generic synonyms: Inform
Specialized synonyms: Finger, Call Attention, Point Out, Signalise, Signalize, Reflect
Derivative terms: Indication, Pointer, Pointer, Pointer

3. Noun. The precise location of something; a spatially limited location. "She walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"

4. Verb. Be oriented. "The dancers toes pointed outward"
Exact synonyms: Orient
Generic synonyms: Lie
Derivative terms: Pointer, Pointer

5. Noun. A brief version of the essential meaning of something. "Life has lost its point"

6. Verb. Direct into a position for use. "He charged his weapon at me"
Exact synonyms: Charge, Level
Generic synonyms: Aim, Direct, Take, Take Aim, Train

7. Noun. An isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole. "A point of information"
Exact synonyms: Detail, Item
Generic synonyms: Fact
Specialized synonyms: Minutia, Nook And Cranny, Nooks And Crannies, Regard, Respect, Sticking Point, Technicality, Trifle, Triviality
Derivative terms: Detail, Itemise, Itemize

8. Verb. Direct the course; determine the direction of travelling. "The men point the boat "

9. Noun. A specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process. ; "At what stage are the social sciences?"

10. Verb. Be a signal for or a symptom of. "The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued"

11. Noun. An instant of time. "At that point I had to leave"

12. Verb. Sail close to the wind.
Exact synonyms: Luff
Category relationships: Navigation, Pilotage, Piloting
Generic synonyms: Sail
Derivative terms: Luff

13. Noun. The object of an activity. "What is the point of discussing it?"
Generic synonyms: Aim, Object, Objective, Target

14. Verb. Mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics.
Generic synonyms: Label, Mark, Tag

15. Noun. A V shape. "The cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points"
Exact synonyms: Peak, Tip
Group relationships: Alpenstock, Arrowhead, Knife, Pencil, Blade, Brand, Steel, Sword, Cone, Cone Shape, Conoid
Specialized synonyms: Widow's Peak, Cusp, Head
Generic synonyms: Convex Shape, Convexity

16. Verb. Mark with diacritics. "Point the letter"
Generic synonyms: Label, Mark, Tag

17. Noun. A very small circular shape. "Draw lines between the dots"
Exact synonyms: Dot
Generic synonyms: Disc, Disk, Saucer
Derivative terms: Dot, Dot, Dot

18. Verb. Mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes.
Generic synonyms: Label, Mark, Tag

19. Noun. The unit of counting in scoring a game or contest. "A touchdown counts 6 points"
Specialized synonyms: Extra Point, Point After, Point After Touchdown, Advantage, Set Point, Match Point
Generic synonyms: Unit, Unit Of Measurement
Group relationships: Score

20. Verb. Be positionable in a specified manner. "The gun points with ease"
Related verbs: Charge, Level
Generic synonyms: Be
Derivative terms: Pointer, Pointer, Pointer

21. Noun. A promontory extending out into a large body of water. "They sailed south around the point"
Generic synonyms: Foreland, Head, Headland, Promontory

22. Verb. Intend (something) to move towards a certain goal. "Direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself"
Exact synonyms: Aim, Direct, Place, Target
Specialized synonyms: Address, Home In, Range In, Zero In
Generic synonyms: Aim, Direct, Take, Take Aim, Train
Derivative terms: Aim, Place, Target, Target

23. Noun. A distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list. "The main point on the agenda was taken up first"
Exact synonyms: Item
Group relationships: List, Listing
Specialized synonyms: Agenda Item, Incidental, Inventory Item, Line Item, News Item, Place, Position
Generic synonyms: Component, Component Part, Constituent, Part, Portion
Derivative terms: Itemise, Itemize

24. Verb. Indicate the presence of (game) by standing and pointing with the muzzle. "The dog pointed the dead duck"
Generic synonyms: Designate, Indicate, Show

25. Noun. A style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect.
Generic synonyms: Relevance, Relevancy

26. Verb. Give a point to. "The candles are tapered"
Exact synonyms: Sharpen, Taper
Generic synonyms: Change Form, Change Shape, Deform
Specialized synonyms: Acuminate
Derivative terms: Taper, Taper
Also: Taper Off, Taper Off

27. Noun. An outstanding characteristic. "His acting was one of the high points of the movie"
Exact synonyms: Spot
Generic synonyms: Characteristic

28. Verb. Repair the joints of bricks. "Point a chimney"
Exact synonyms: Repoint
Generic synonyms: Bushel, Doctor, Fix, Furbish Up, Mend, Repair, Restore, Touch On

29. Noun. Sharp end. "He broke the point of his pencil"
Specialized synonyms: Arrowhead, Barb, Barb, Cusp, Diamond Point, Nib, Pen Nib, Pike, Pinpoint, Spear-point, Spearhead, Spearpoint, Spike
Group relationships: Awl, Ice Pick, Icepick, Knife, Needle, Pencil, Pin
Generic synonyms: End, Terminal

30. Noun. Any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass. "He checked the point on his compass"

31. Noun. A linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch.
Generic synonyms: Linear Measure, Linear Unit
Group relationships: Em, Pica, Pica Em

32. 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.
Generic synonyms: Loan

33. Noun. 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"
Exact synonyms: Full Point, Full Stop, Period, Stop
Generic synonyms: Punctuation, Punctuation Mark
Specialized synonyms: Suspension Point

34. Noun. A V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer. "The point of the arrow was due north"
Exact synonyms: Head
Generic synonyms: Mark
Group relationships: Arrow, Pointer

35. Noun. The dot at the left of a decimal fraction.
Exact synonyms: Decimal Point, Percentage Point
Generic synonyms: Mathematical Notation

36. Noun. The property of a shape that tapers to a sharp tip.
Exact synonyms: Pointedness
Generic synonyms: Taper
Derivative terms: Pointed
Antonyms: Unpointedness

37. Noun. A distinguishing or individuating characteristic. "He knows my bad points as well as my good points"
Generic synonyms: Characteristic
Specialized synonyms: Selling Point

38. Noun. The gun muzzle's direction. "He held me up at the point of a gun"
Exact synonyms: Gunpoint
Generic synonyms: Gun Muzzle, Muzzle

39. Noun. A wall socket.

40. Noun. A contact in the distributor; as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts them and current flows to the spark plugs.
Exact synonyms: Breaker Point, Distributor Point
Generic synonyms: Contact, Tangency
Group relationships: Distributer, Distributor, Electrical Distributor

Definition of Point

1. v. t. & i. To appoint.

2. 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.

3. v. t. 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.

4. 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.

5. n. A pointed piece of quill or bone covered at one end with vaccine matter; -- called also vaccine point.

Definition of Point

1. Noun. A discrete division of something. ¹

2. Noun. A sharp extremity. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To extend the index finger in the direction of something in order to show where it is or to draw attention to it. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To draw attention to something or indicate a direction. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) to indicate a probability of something ¹

6. Verb. (ambitransitive masonry) To repair mortar. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To direct or encourage (someone) in a particular direction ¹

8. Verb. (transitive mathematics) to separate an integer from a decimal with a decimal point ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) to mark with diacritics ¹

10. Verb. (transitive computing) To direct the central processing unit to seek information at a certain location in memory. ¹

11. Verb. (transitive Internet) To direct requests sent to a domain name to the IP address corresponding to that domain name. ¹

12. Verb. (intransitive nautical) to sail close to the wind ¹

13. Verb. (transitive hunting) ¹

¹ Source:

Definition of Point

1. to indicate direction with the finger [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Point

1. 1. That which pricks or pierces; the sharp end of anything, especially. 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: 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. Davies) 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 especially. 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. "A point of precedence." . "Creeping on from point to point." . "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, etc. "He told him, point for point, in short and plain." (Chaucer) "In point of religion and in point of honor." (Bacon) "Shalt thou dispute With Him the points of liberty ?" (Milton) 10. Hence, the most prominent or important feature, as of an argument, discourse, etc.; the essential matter; especially, the proposition to be established; as, the point of an anecdote. "Here lies the point." "They will hardly prove his point." (Arbuthnot) 11. A small matter; a trifle; a least consideration; a punctilio. "This fellow doth not stand upon points." (Shak) "[He] cared not for God or man a point." (Spenser) 12. 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. 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. One of the several different parts of the escutcheon. See Escutcheon. 15. 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. A short piece of cordage used in reefing sails. See Reef point, under Reef. 16. A a string or lace used to tie together certain parts of the dress. 17. Lace wrought the needle; as, point de Venise; Brussels point. See Point lace, below. 18. A switch. 19. An item of private information; a hint; a tip; a pointer. 20. 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. 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. A movement executed with the saber or foil; as, tierce point. 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, 6); as, at the point of death; he was on the point of speaking. "In point to fall down." . "Caius Sidius Geta, at point to have been taken, recovered himself so valiantly as brought day on his side." . Dead point. 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 controversy. 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 position. To mark, or score, a point, as in billiards, cricket, etc, to note down, or to make, a successful hit, run, etc. 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. Origin: F. Point, and probably also pointe, L. Punctum, puncta, fr. Pungere, punctum, to prick. See Pungent, and cf. Puncto, Puncture. 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." (Dryden) 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." (Gay) 3. 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, to sail close to the wind; said of a vessel. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Point

poinsettia strain
point (current term)
point-and-shoot camera
point-of-care systems
point-set topology
point-spread function
point A
point B
point after
point angle

Literary usage of Point

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain (1883)
"Another pilot spoke up and said— ' I had better water than that, and ran it lower down; started out from the false point—mark twain—-raised the second reef ..."

2. A Treatise on the Analytic Geometry of Three Dimensions by George Salmon (1865)
"CHAPTER I. THE point.. WE have seen already how the position of a point C ... To determine the position of any point Pin space, we have only to add to our ..."

3. A Treatise on Plane Co-ordinate Geometry as Applied to the Straight Line and by Isaac Todhunter (1888)
"CHAPTER I. CO-ORDINATES OF A point.. IN Plane Co-ordinate Geometry we investigate the properties of straight lines and curves lying in one plane by means of ..."

4. An Introductory Account of Certain Modern Ideas and Methods in Plane by Charlotte Angas Scott (1894)
"CHAPTER I. point AND LINE COORDINATES. Introductory.. In analytical geometry the subject-matter is geometry while the language is algebraic. ..."

Other Resources:

Search for Point on!Search for Point on!Search for Point on Google!Search for Point on Wikipedia!