Definition of Pointer

1. Noun. A mark to indicate a direction or relation.

Exact synonyms: Arrow
Generic synonyms: Mark
Terms within: Shaft, Head, Point
Derivative terms: Point, Point, Point

2. Noun. An indicator as on a dial.
Specialized synonyms: Hand, Electronic Stylus, Light Pen, Needle
Generic synonyms: Indicator
Derivative terms: Point, Point, Point

3. Noun. (computer science) indicator consisting of a movable spot of light (an icon) on a visual display; moving it allows the user to point to commands or screen positions.
Exact synonyms: Cursor
Generic synonyms: Indicator
Category relationships: Computer Science, Computing
Derivative terms: Point, Point

4. Noun. A strong slender smooth-haired dog of Spanish origin having a white coat with brown or black patches; scents out and points to game.
Exact synonyms: Spanish Pointer
Generic synonyms: Gun Dog, Sporting Dog
Specialized synonyms: German Short-haired Pointer, Hungarian Pointer, Vizsla

Definition of Pointer

1. n. One who, or that which, points.

Definition of Pointer

1. Noun. Anything that points or is used for pointing. ¹

2. Noun. A needle-like component of a timepiece or measuring device that indicates the time or the current reading of the device. ¹

3. Noun. A breed of hunting dog. ¹

4. Noun. (programming) A variable that holds the address of a memory location where a value can be stored. ¹

5. Noun. (computing) An icon that indicates the position of the mouse; a cursor. ¹

6. Noun. A tip, a bit of advice (usually plural.) ¹

7. Noun. (context: in combinations) Something worth a given number of points. ¹

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Definition of Pointer

1. one that points [n -S] - See also: points

Medical Definition of Pointer

1. One who, or that which, points. Specifically: The hand of a timepiece. One of a breed of dogs trained to stop at scent of game, and with the nose point it out to sportsmen. Diagonal braces sometimes fixed across the hold. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pointer

pointed-leaf maple
pointed arch
pointed condyloma
pointed out
pointed the bone
pointer (current term)
pointer finger

Literary usage of Pointer

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

1. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1896)
"During the last years of his life he occupied himself chiefly in pointer took ... May 1068, claimed to be descended from Sir William pointer of Whitchurch, ..."

2. The Journal of Heredity by American Genetic Association (1914)
"COAT COLOR IN pointer DOGS Examination of Stud Book From Mendelian Viewpoint ... Second: The pointer is a well-established breed supposed to have been ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"In the first method the position of the pointer, P (in Fig. 1), is noted on the scale at its extremity when the balance is at rest with the pans empty. ..."

4. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1885)
"pointer.— The most approved pointers are described as follows : The skull of good size, but not as heavy ae in the old Spanish pointer, ..."

5. Step-by-Step Programming with Base SAS(R) Software by SAS Institute (2001)
"The following figure shows that the pointer is located in column 7 after the first value is read with either of the two previous INPUT statements. ..."

6. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by Charles Anderson Dana (1875)
"Their habit of standing fixed and pointing to game is the result of a long course of V pointer. severe training; and, from the succession of generations ..."

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