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pinpoint

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noun
  1. the point of a pin.
  2. a trifle; pinhead.
  3. a tiny spot or sharp point.
verb (used with object)
  1. to locate or describe exactly or precisely: to pinpoint the problem.
adjective
  1. exact; precise: pinpoint accuracy.

Origin of pinpoint

First recorded in 1840–50; pin + point

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3. spot, localize, identify, define.
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  • The drivers pressed close in on him, pinpointing him in the middle of the intersection.

    The Glory of Ippling

    Helen M. Urban

  • Now as to that last factor, would the X-rays be of material assistance to you in pinpointing the specific locale of the exit?

    Warren Commission (2 of 26): Hearings Vol. II (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy


British Dictionary definitions for pinpointing

pinpoint

verb (tr)
  1. to locate or identify exactlyto pinpoint a problem; to pinpoint a place on a map
noun
  1. an insignificant or trifling thing
  2. the point of a pin
  3. (modifier) exacta 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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