Pronunciation: point
New York pointfoundedonthreebasesofequidistantpointsarrangedintwolines (viz., : :: :::), andalaterimprovement, American Braille, embodyingtheBraillebase (:::) andtheNew-York-pointprincipleofusingthecharactersoffewpointsforthecommonestletters.
v. t. & i.1.To appoint.
n.1.That which pricks or pierces; the sharp end of anything, esp. 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.(Geom.) An indefinitely small space; a mere spot indicated or supposed. Specifically: (Geom.) 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 esp. a period; hence, figuratively, an end, or conclusion.
And there a point, for ended is my tale.
- Chaucer.
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 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.
10.Hence, the most prominent or important feature, as of an argument, discourse, etc.; the essential matter; esp., the proposition to be established; as, the point of an anecdote.
They will hardly prove his point.
- Arbuthnot.
11.A small matter; a trifle; a least consideration; a punctilio.
[He] cared not for God or man a point.
- Spenser.
12.(Mus.) A dot or mark used to designate certain tones or time
13.(Astron.) 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.(Her.) One of the several different parts of the escutcheon. See Escutcheon.
15.(Naut.) 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.
16.(Anc. Costume) 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.(Railways) A switch.
19.An item of private information; a hint; a tip; a pointer.
20.(Cricket) 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.(Type Making) 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.(Fencing) A movement executed with the saber or foil; as, tierce point.
26.(Med.) A pointed piece of quill or bone covered at one end with vaccine matter; - called also vaccine point.
27.One of the raised dots used in certain systems of printing and writing for the blind. The first practical system was that devised by Louis Braille in 1829, and still used in Europe (see Braille). Two modifications of this are current in the United States:
28.(Lacrosse & Ice Hockey) In various games, a position of a certain player, or, by extension, the player himself;
At all points
in every particular, completely; perfectly.
At point
as near as can be; on the verge; about (see About, prep., 6); as, at the point of death; he was on the point of speaking.
- Shak.
Dead point
(Mach.) Same as Dead center, under Dead.
- Chaucer.
Far point
(Med.) in ophthalmology, the farthest point at which objects are seen distinctly. In normal eyes the nearest point at which objects are seen distinctly; either with the two eyes together (binocular near point), or with each eye separately (monocular near point).
Nine points of the law
all but the tenth point; the greater weight of authority.
On the point
See At point, above.
Point lace
lace wrought with the needle, as distinguished from that made on the pillow.
Point net
a machine-made lace imitating a kind of Brussels lace (Brussels ground).
Point of concurrence
(Geom.) a point common to two lines, but not a point of tangency or of intersection, as, for instance, that in which a cycloid meets its base.
Point of contrary flexure
a point at which a curve changes its direction of curvature, or at which its convexity and concavity change sides.
Point of order
in parliamentary practice, a question of order or propriety under the rules.
Point of sight
(Persp.) in a perspective drawing, the point assumed as that occupied by the eye of the spectator.
Point of view
the relative position from which anything is seen or any subject is considered.
Points of the compass
(Naut.) the thirty-two points of division of the compass card in the mariner's compass; the corresponding points by which the circle of the horizon is supposed to be divided, of which the four marking the directions of east, west, north, and south, are called cardinal points, and the rest are named from their respective directions, as N. by E., N. N. E., N. E. by N., N. E., etc. See Illust. under Compass.
Point paper
paper pricked through so as to form a stencil for transferring a design.
Point system of type
See under Type.
Singular point
(Geom.) 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 a point
accomplish that which was proposed; also, to make advance by a step, grade, or position.
To mark 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 Arabic, 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.
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Pointed; p. pr. & vb. n. Pointing.]
2.To direct toward an abject; to aim; as, to point a gun at a wolf, or a cannon at a fort.
3.Hence, to direct the attention or notice of.
4.To supply with punctuation marks; to punctuate; as, to point a composition.
5.To mark (a text, as in Arabic or Hebrew) with vowel points; - also called vocalize.
6.To give particular prominence to; to designate in a special manner; to indicate, as if by pointing; as, the error was pointed out.
7.To indicate or discover by a fixed look, as game.
8.(Masonry) To fill up and finish the joints of (a wall), by introducing additional cement or mortar, and bringing it to a smooth surface.
9.(Stone Cutting) To cut, as a surface, with a pointed tool.
To point a rope
(Naut.) to taper and neatly finish off the end by interweaving the nettles.
To point a sail
(Naut.) to affix points through the eyelet holes of the reefs.
To point off
to divide into periods or groups, or to separate, by pointing, as figures.
To point the yards
(Naut.) to brace them so that the wind shall strike the sails obliquely.
- Totten.
v. i.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.
3.(Med.) 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
(Naut.) to sail close to the wind; - said of a vessel.
Noun1.Pointpoint - a geometric element that has position but no extension; "a point is defined by its coordinates"
2.point - the precise location of something; a spatially limited location; "she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"
3.point - a brief version of the essential meaning of something; "get to the point"; "he missed the point of the joke"; "life has lost its point"
4.point - a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process; "a remarkable degree of frankness"; "at what stage are the social sciences?"
Synonyms: degree, stage, level
5.point - an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole; "several of the details are similar"; "a point of information"
Synonyms: detail, item
6.point - an instant of time; "at that point I had to leave"
Synonyms: point in time
7.point - the object of an activity; "what is the point of discussing it?"
8.point - a V shape; "the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points"
Synonyms: tip, peak
9.point - a very small circular shape; "a row of points"; "draw lines between the dots"
Synonyms: dot
10.point - the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest; "he scored 20 points in the first half"; "a touchdown counts 6 points"
11.point - a promontory extending out into a large body of water; "they sailed south around the point"
12.point - a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list; "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"
Synonyms: item
13.point - a style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect
14.point - an outstanding characteristic; "his acting was one of the high points of the movie"
Synonyms: spot
15.point - sharp end; "he stuck the point of the knife into a tree"; "he broke the point of his pencil"
16.point - any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass; "he checked the point on his compass"
Synonyms: compass point
17.point - a linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch
18.point - 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"
19.point - a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer; "the point of the arrow was due north"
Synonyms: head
20.point - the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp point
Synonyms: pointedness
21.point - a distinguishing or individuating characteristic; "he knows my bad points as well as my good points"
22.point - the gun muzzle's direction; "he held me up at the point of a gun"
Synonyms: gunpoint
23.point - a wall socket
Synonyms: power point
24.point - a contact in the distributor; as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts distributor points and current flows to the spark plugs
Verb1.point - indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively; "I showed the customer the glove section"; "He pointed to the empty parking space"; "he indicated his opponents"
Synonyms: indicate, show
2.point - be oriented; "The weather vane points North"
Synonyms: orient
3.point - direct into a position for use; "point a gun"; "He charged his weapon at me"
Synonyms: level, charge
4.point - direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
5.point - be a signal for or a symptom of; "These symptoms indicate a serious illness"; "Her behavior points to a severe neurosis"; "The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued"
6.point - sail close to the wind
Synonyms: luff
7.point - mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics
8.point - mark with diacritics; "point the letter"
9.point - mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes
10.point - be positionable in a specified manner; "The gun points with ease"
11.point - intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; "He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face"; "criticism directed at her superior"; "direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself"
Synonyms: target, direct, aim, place
12.point - give a point to; "The candles are tapered"
Synonyms: taper, sharpen
13.point - repair the joints of bricks; "point a chimney"
Synonyms: repoint

POINT, practice. A proposition or question arising in a case.
     2. It is the duty of a judge to give an opinion on every point of law, properly arising out of the issue, which is propounded to him. Vide Resolution.

point - 1. (Sometimes abbreviated "pt") The unit of length for text characters. There are six slightly different definitions: Truchet point, Didot point, ATA point, TeX point, Postscript point, and IN point.

The most commonly used are ATA in the USA and Didot in Europe.

A twip is 1/20 of a PostScriptoint.

Different point systems.
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-- Point --
point after
Point alphabet
Point applique
Point d'appui
point duty
point in time
point jam
point lace
Point man
point mutation
Point net
point of accumulation
point of apoapsis
Point of concurrence
Point Of Contact
Point of contrary flexure
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