[ point ]
/ pɔɪnt /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Nearby words

  1. poincaré, raymond,
  2. poinciana,
  3. poind,
  4. poindexter,
  5. poinsettia,
  6. point a,
  7. point after,
  8. point angle,
  9. point attractor,
  10. point b


Origin of point

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English point(e); partly < Old French point dot, mark, place, moment < Latin pūnctum, noun use of neuter past participle of pungere to prick, stab (cf. pungent); partly < Old French pointe sharp end < Medieval Latin pūncta, noun use of Latin: feminine of past participle of pungere; (v.) Middle English pointen; partly derivative of the noun, partly < Middle French pointer, derivative of pointe (noun)

Related formsmul·ti·point, adjectiveun·der·point, nounun·der·point, verb (used without object)

à point

[ a pwan ]
/ a ˈpwɛ̃ /

adverb French.

just in time.
(of cooking) to a turn; perfectly.
(of meat) cooked medium.

decimal fraction

noun Arithmetic.

a fraction whose denominator is some power of 10, usually indicated by a dot (decimal point or point) written before the numerator: as 0.4 = 4/10; 0.126 = 126/1000.

Origin of decimal fraction

First recorded in 1650–60

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British Dictionary definitions for point


/ (pɔɪnt) /



Word Origin for point

C13: from Old French: spot, from Latin punctum a point, from pungere to pierce; also influenced by Old French pointe pointed end, from Latin pungere

decimal fraction


another name for decimal (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for point
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Medicine definitions for point


[ point ]


A sharp or tapered end.
A slight projection.
A stage or condition reached.


To become ready to open, as an abscess or boil.

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Science definitions for point


[ point ]

A geometric object having no dimensions and no property other than its location. The intersection of two lines is a point.

decimal fraction

A decimal having no digits to the left of the decimal point except zero, such as 0.2 or 0.00354.
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Culture definitions for point


In geometry, a location having no dimension — no length, height, or width — and identified by at least one coordinate.

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Idioms and Phrases with point


In addition to the idioms beginning with point

  • point in time
  • point of no return
  • point of view
  • point out
  • point the finger at
  • point up

also see:

  • at sword's point
  • at that point
  • at this point
  • belabor the point
  • beside the point
  • boiling point
  • brownie points
  • case in point
  • get to the point
  • hit the high spots (points)
  • in (point of) fact
  • in point
  • jumping-off place (point)
  • make a point of
  • make one's point
  • miss the point
  • moot point
  • on the point of
  • possession is nine points of the law
  • sore point
  • stretch a point
  • strong point
  • take someone's point
  • to the point
  • up to a point
  • win on points
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