What is the meaning of point?


  • A geometric element that has position but no extension.
    • usage: "a point is defined by its coordinates"
  • The precise location of something; a spatially limited location.
    • usage: "she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"
  • A brief version of the essential meaning of something.
    • usage: "get to the point"; "he missed the point of the joke"; "life has lost its point"
  • An isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole.
    • usage: "several of the details are similar"; "a point of information"
  • A specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process.
    • usage: "a remarkable degree of frankness"; "at what stage are the social sciences"
  • An instant of time.
    • usage: "at that point I had to leave"
  • The object of an activity.
    • usage: "what is the point of discussing it"
  • A V shape.
    • usage: "the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points"
  • A very small circular shape.
    • usage: "a row of points"; "draw lines between the dots"
  • The unit of counting in scoring a game or contest.
    • usage: "he scored 20 points in the first half"; "a touchdown counts 6 points"
  • A promontory extending out into a large body of water.
    • usage: "they sailed south around the point"
  • A distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list.
    • usage: "he noticed an item in the New York Times"; "she had several items on her shopping list"; "the main point on the agenda was taken up first"
  • A style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect.
  • An outstanding characteristic.
    • usage: "his acting was one of the high points of the movie"
  • Sharp end.
    • usage: "he stuck the point of the knife into a tree"; "he broke the point of his pencil"
  • Any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass.
    • usage: "he checked the point on his compass"
  • A linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch.
  • 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.
  • A punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations.
    • usage: "in England they call a period a stop"
  • A V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer.
    • usage: "the point of the arrow was due north"
  • The dot at the left of a decimal fraction.
  • The property of a shape that tapers to a sharp tip.
  • A distinguishing or individuating characteristic.
    • usage: "he knows my bad points as well as my good points"
  • The gun muzzle's direction.
    • usage: "he held me up at the point of a gun"
  • A wall socket.
  • A contact in the distributor; as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts them and current flows to the spark plugs.


  • Indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively.
    • usage: "I showed the customer the glove section"; "He pointed to the empty parking space"; "he indicated his opponents"
  • Be oriented.
    • usage: "The weather vane points North"; "the dancers toes pointed outward"
  • Direct into a position for use.
    • usage: "point a gun"; "He charged his weapon at me"
  • Direct the course; determine the direction of travelling.
  • Be a signal for or a symptom of.
    • usage: "These symptoms indicate a serious illness"; "Her behavior points to a severe neurosis"; "The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued"
  • Sail close to the wind.
  • Mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics.
  • Mark with diacritics.
    • usage: "point the letter"
  • Mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes.
  • Be positionable in a specified manner.
    • usage: "The gun points with ease"
  • Intend (something) to move towards a certain goal.
    • usage: "He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face"; "criticism directed at her superior"; "direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself"
  • Indicate the presence of (game) by standing and pointing with the muzzle.
    • usage: "the dog pointed the dead duck"
  • Give a point to.
    • usage: "The candles are tapered"
  • Repair the joints of bricks.
    • usage: "point a chimney"
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APAWordNet. (2010). point. Retrieved April 23, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/point/definitions/1206923
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "point" http://smartdefine.org/point/definitions/1206923 (accessed April 23, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, point, Smart Define, viewed 23 April, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/point/definitions/1206923>.
MLAWordNet. "point" 23 October 2010. Web. 23 April 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/point/definitions/1206923>
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