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]

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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Examples from the Web for point

British Dictionary definitions for point



a dot or tiny mark
a location, spot, or position
any dot or mark used in writing or printing, such as a decimal point or a full stop
short for vowel point
the sharp tapered end of a pin, knife, etc
a pin, needle, or other object having such a point
  1. a geometric element having no dimensions and whose position in space is located by means of its coordinates
  2. a locationpoint of inflection
a promontory, usually smaller than a cape
a specific condition or degree
a momentat that point he left the room
an important or fundamental reason, aim, etcthe point of this exercise is to train new teachers
an essential element or thesis in an argumentyou've made your point; I take your point
a suggestion or tip
a detail or item
an important or outstanding characteristic, physical attribute, etche has his good points
a distinctive characteristic or quality of an animal, esp one used as a standard in judging livestock
(often plural) any of the extremities, such as the tail, ears, or feet, of a domestic animal
ballet (often plural) the tip of the toes
a single unit for measuring or counting, as in the scoring of a game
Australian rules football an informal name for behind (def. 11)
printing a unit of measurement equal to one twelfth of a pica, or approximately 0.01384 inch. There are approximately 72 points to the inch
  1. a unit of value used to quote security and commodity prices and their fluctuations
  2. a percentage unit sometimes payable by a borrower as a premium on a loan
  1. one of the 32 marks on the circumference of a compass card indicating direction
  2. the angle of 11°15′ between two adjacent marks
  3. a point on the horizon indicated by such a mark
  1. a fielding position at right angles to the batsman on the off side and relatively near the pitch
  2. a fielder in this position
any of the numbers cast in the first throw in craps with which one neither wins nor loses by throwing them: 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10
either of the two electrical contacts that make or break the current flow in the distributor of an internal-combustion engine
British (often plural) a junction of railway tracks in which a pair of rails can be moved so that a train can be directed onto either of two linesUS and Canadian equivalent: switch
(often plural) a piece of ribbon, cord, etc, with metal tags at the end: used during the 16th and 17th centuries to fasten clothing
backgammon a place or position on the board
  1. short for power point
  2. an informal name for socket (def. 2)
an aggressive position adopted in bayonet or sword drill
military the position at the head of a body of troops, or a person in this position
the position of the body of a pointer or setter when it discovers game
boxing a mark awarded for a scoring blow, knockdown, etc
any diacritic used in a writing system, esp in a phonetic transcription, to indicate modifications of vowels or consonants
jewellery a unit of weight equal to 0.01 carat
the act of pointing
ice hockey the position just inside the opponents' blue line
beside the point not pertinent; irrelevant
case in point a specific, appropriate, or relevant instance or example
in point of in the matter of; regarding
make a point of
  1. to make (something) one's regular habit
  2. to do (something) because one thinks it important
not to put too fine a point on it to speak plainly and bluntly
on the point of or at the point of at the moment immediately before a specified condition, action, etc, is expected to beginon the point of leaving the room
score points off to gain an advantage at someone else's expense
stretch a point
  1. to make a concession or exception not usually made
  2. to exaggerate
to the point pertinent; relevant
up to a point not completely


(usually foll by at or to) to indicate the location or direction of by or as by extending (a finger or other pointed object) towards ithe pointed to the front door; don't point that gun at me
(intr; usually foll by at or to) to indicate or identify a specific person or thing among severalhe pointed at the bottle he wanted; all evidence pointed to Donald as the murderer
(tr) to direct or cause to go or face in a specific direction or towards a place or goalpoint me in the right direction
(tr) to sharpen or taper
(intr) (of gun dogs) to indicate the place where game is lying by standing rigidly with the muzzle turned in its direction
(tr) to finish or repair the joints of (brickwork, masonry, etc) with mortar or cement
(tr) music to mark (a psalm text) with vertical lines to indicate the points at which the music changes during chanting
to steer (a sailing vessel) close to the wind or (of a sailing vessel) to sail close to the wind
(tr) phonetics to provide (a letter or letters) with diacritics
(tr) to provide (a Hebrew or similar text) with vowel points

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




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



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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