[ pin-point ]
/ ˈpɪnˌpɔɪnt /


the point of a pin.
a trifle; pinhead.
a tiny spot or sharp point.

verb (used with object)

to locate or describe exactly or precisely: to pinpoint the problem.


exact; precise: pinpoint accuracy.

Origin of pinpoint

First recorded in 1840–50; pin + point Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pinpoint


/ (ˈpɪnˌpɔɪnt) /

verb (tr)

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
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Word Origin and History for pinpoint



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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