[ point-tuh-point ]
/ ˈpɔɪnt təˈpɔɪnt /


a cross-country horse race between specified points, in which each rider is often free to select his or her own course between the points.

Origin of point-to-point

First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for point-to-point

  • In Handbook (fig. 61,i-j) it appears as point-to-point chevrons on the cheeks.

    Mohave Pottery|Alfred L. Kroeber
  • Written language is thus a point-to-point equivalence, to borrow a mathematical phrase, to its spoken counterpart.

    Language|Edward Sapir
  • The design name given, "butterfly," probably applies to the point-to-point large solid triangles, possibly to the rhomboids.

    Mohave Pottery|Alfred L. Kroeber
  • And these two classes sustain a point-to-point correspondence to each other—they are correlated.

British Dictionary definitions for point-to-point



  1. a steeplechase organized by a recognized hunt or other body, usually restricted to amateurs riding horses that have been regularly used in hunting
  2. (as modifier)a point-to-point race


(of a route) from one place to the next
(of a radiocommunication link) from one point to another, rather than broadcast
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