- the position of the fielder who plays a short distance in front of and to the offside of the batsman.
- the fielder playing this position.
- the action of a hunting dog that indicates the presence and location of game by standing rigid and directing its head toward the game.
- the position taken by a hunting dog in pointing game.
- Also called break·er point . either of a pair of contacts tipped with tungsten or platinum that make or break current flow in a distributor, as in an automobile.
- British. an outlet or socket.
- a unit of price quotation, as in the U.S., one dollar in stock transactions, one hundredth of a cent in cotton and coffee, or one cent in oil, grain, pork, etc.: The price of the stock went up two points today.
- (especially in motion pictures) a percentage point, usually of the gross profits, granted to someone who agrees to invest or otherwise participate in a business project: The star of the movie received a million dollar guarantee and five points.
- a patrol or reconnaissance unit that goes ahead of the advance party of an advance guard, or follows the rear party of the rear guard.
- the stroke in bayonet drill or combat.
- a unit of type measurement in the U.S. and U.K. equal to 1/72 inch, or 1/12 pica.Compare Didot point system.
- Also called press-point . (in a press) one of several metal prongs for perforating the sheet so that it will be in register when the reverse is printed.
- the vertex of the angle formed at a frog by two rails; the intersection of gauge lines in a switch or frog.
- British. a tapering movable rail, as in a railroad switch.
- to fill the joints of (brickwork, stonework, etc.) with mortar or cement treated in various ways with tools after application.
- to dress the surface of (a stone) with a pointed tool.
- to narrow the end of (a rod) for passing through the dies of a drawbench.
- to narrow the end of (a tube) over the head of a pin that is gripped to pull the tube through the dies of a drawbench.
Idioms about point
Origin of point
OTHER WORDS FROM pointmul·ti·point, adjectiveun·der·point, nounun·der·point, verb (used without object)
Words nearby point
How to use point in a sentence
Before the 2018 midterm elections, redistricting expert Dave Wasserman worked with the team at FiveThirtyEight to create an Atlas of Redistricting that makes the point well.America needs a democratic revolution|Matthew Yglesias|September 17, 2020|Vox
One of the main sticking points was it was found that the NSA had hacked Petrobras, the state-owned oil company.Podcast: COVID-19 is helping turn Brazil into a surveillance state|Anthony Green|September 16, 2020|MIT Technology Review
That’s the only kind of endurance I’m going to cosign for at this point.Get Gabrielle Union’s Best Career Advice|Joshua Eferighe|September 16, 2020|Ozy
Despite its massive growth, Snowflake is not without its sore points.The risks of Snowflake’s IPO|Lucinda Shen|September 16, 2020|Fortune
The point of sharing this script is to make it easy for everyone to see the impact of this change on their own accounts.How much does Google’s new search term filtering affect ad spend transparency? Here’s how to find out|Frederick Vallaeys|September 16, 2020|Search Engine Land
The citizens of Stevens Point defeated fluoridation by a healthy margin.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers|Michael Schulson|July 27, 2016|DAILY BEAST
Deep, situational, and emotional jokes based on what is relevant and has a POINT!Trolls and Martyrdom: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie|Arthur Chu|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
To borrow an old right-wing talking point, these people are angry no matter what we do.Harry Shearer on The Dangerous Business of Satire|Lloyd Grove|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Therefore, it is not possible for any F-35 schedule to include a video data link or infrared pointer at this point.Pentagon Misfires in Stealth Jet Scandal|Dave Majumdar|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But the most important point I want to make is about what the press does now.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive|Ayaan Hirsi Ali|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This is the first and principal point at which we can stanch the wastage of teaching energy that now goes on.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
His also was the intellectual point of view, and the intellectual interest in knowledge and its deductions.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)|Henry Osborn Taylor
Judged from this point of view only, the elasticity provided by the new law is doubtless adequate.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
That is the only point in which one sees Liszt's sense of his own greatness; otherwise his manner is remarkably unassuming.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
When we speak against one capital vice, we ought to speak against its opposite; the middle betwixt both is the point for virtue.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
British Dictionary definitions for point
- a geometric element having no dimensions and whose position in space is located by means of its coordinates
- a locationpoint of inflection
- a unit of value used to quote security and commodity prices and their fluctuations
- a percentage unit sometimes payable by a borrower as a premium on a loan
- one of the 32 marks on the circumference of a compass card indicating direction
- the angle of 11°15′ between two adjacent marks
- a point on the horizon indicated by such a mark
- a fielding position at right angles to the batsman on the off side and relatively near the pitch
- a fielder in this position
- short for power point
- an informal name for socket (def. 2)
- to make (something) one's regular habit
- to do (something) because one thinks it important
- to make a concession or exception not usually made
- to exaggerate
Word Origin for point
Scientific definitions for point
Cultural definitions for point
In geometry, a location having no dimension — no length, height, or width — and identified by at least one coordinate.
Other 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
- 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