- 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 pinpoint
What do you think, 10 years from now, you can pinpoint as those days for you?‘Boyhood’ Star Ellar Coltrane: An Astonishing Debut 12 Years in the Making
July 11, 2014
And when it is time to fire, Israel retaliates with pinpoint accuracy.Numbers Don’t Tell the Mideast Story
July 10, 2014
A nutritionist can also help you calculate your consumption with a food diary, and can pinpoint your top sources of sodium.The Truth About Salt: Should You Shake the Habit?
May 5, 2014
Harry Hudson can pinpoint the exact minute he was booted out of the Garden of Eden.When Harry Met Cancer
April 10, 2014
Can you recommend a Korean novel, and is there anything unique and distinctive about Korean literature that you could pinpoint?Chang-rae Lee: How I Write
January 22, 2014
From without the moonbeams flooded it, from within came no pinpoint of light.The Long Roll
I caught the pinpoint gleam of what might have been a knife in her hand.Beyond the Vanishing Point
Raymond King Cummings
Tawney's face was a study of uneasiness, but he clearly could not pinpoint what the trouble was.Gold in the Sky
Alan Edward Nourse
As they walked he tried to pinpoint directions, but because of the darkness he could not do so.Trading Jeff and his Dog
James Arthur Kjelgaard
Not many hours before, it had been only a dust mote, a pinpoint of light in the void.Sugar Plum
- 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 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.