[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. pinot blanc,
  2. pinot chardonnay,
  3. pinot grigio,
  4. pinot noir,
  5. pinotage,
  6. pinpoint bombing,
  7. pinprick,
  8. pins,
  9. pins and needles,
  10. pins' syndrome

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 pinpointing


/ (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 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.

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