- to locate or describe exactly or precisely: to pinpoint the problem.
- exact; precise: pinpoint accuracy.
Origin of pinpoint
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Examples from the Web for pinpointing
It is as hard as pinpointing potential serial killers from the general population.Inside the Mind of an ISIS Jihadi
September 21, 2014
But pinpointing a proper dose is challenging, as are the ethics of involving patients with early-stage cancers, he says.How Big Pharma Holds Back in the War on Cancer
April 23, 2014
She's very good at pinpointing the feeling of how it progresses, the ways to keep yourself grounded.A Fierce Debut
March 9, 2011
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
- to locate or identify exactlyto pinpoint a problem; to pinpoint a place on a map
- an insignificant or trifling thing
- the point of a pin
- (modifier) exacta pinpoint aim
Word Origin and History for pinpointing
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.