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pinpoint

[pin-point] /ˈpɪnˌpɔɪnt/
noun
1.
the point of a pin.
2.
a trifle; pinhead.
3.
a tiny spot or sharp point.
verb (used with object)
4.
to locate or describe exactly or precisely:
to pinpoint the problem.
adjective
5.
exact; precise:
pinpoint accuracy.
Origin of pinpoint
1840-1850
1840-50; pin + point
Synonyms
3. spot, localize, identify, define.
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British Dictionary definitions for pinpointing

pinpoint

/ˈpɪnˌpɔɪnt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to locate or identify exactly: to pinpoint a problem, to pinpoint a place on a map
noun
2.
an insignificant or trifling thing
3.
the point of a pin
4.
(modifier) exact: a pinpoint aim
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Word Origin and History for pinpointing

pinpoint

n.

also pin-point, "point of a pin," 1849, from pin (n.) + point (n.). Taken into aeronautics in sense "place identified from the air," hence verb meaning "locate precisely" (1917), which originally was aviators' slang. Related: Pinpointed; pinpointing. As an adjective, "performed with precisional accuracy," 1944, originally of aerial bombing.

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