- having a point or points: a pointed arch.
- sharp or piercing: pointed wit.
- having direct effect, significance, or force: pointed criticism.
- directed; aimed: a pointed gun.
- directed particularly, as at a person: a pointed remark.
- marked; emphasized.
- Heraldry. (of a cross) having parallel sides with points formed by two inclined sides on each end: a cross pointed.
Origin of pointed
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2. penetrating; epigrammatic.
2. blunt, dull.
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Examples from the Web for well-pointed
A lancet is the instrument generally used in bleeding, though a well-pointed pen knife will do at a pinch.A Treatise on Sheep:
A lancet is the instrument generally used in bleeding, though a well-pointed penknife will do at a pinch.Domestic Animals
Richard L. Allen
I have very little to add in illustration of Lysander's well-pointed sarcasms relating to this second symptom of Book-Madness.Bibliomania; or Book-Madness</p>
Thomas Frognall Dibdin
- having a point
- cutting or incisivea pointed wit
- obviously directed at or intended for a particular person or aspectpointed criticism
- emphasized or made conspicuouspointed ignorance
- (of an arch or style of architecture employing such an arch) Gothic
- music (of a psalm text) marked to show changes in chanting
- (of Hebrew text) with vowel points marked
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Word Origin and History for well-pointed
c.1300, "having a sharp end or ends," from point (n.). Meaning "having the quality of penetrating the feelings or mind" is from 1660s. Related: Pointedly; pointedness.
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