- an identifier giving the location in storage of something of interest, as a data item, table, or subroutine.
- cursor(def 1).
Examples from the Web for pointer
Turn him belly-up and stroke him to sleep with your pointer finger.
Pointer Brand, a 100-year-old American farmwear staple, has recently become popular among international trendsetting men.
Pointer, founded in Bristol, Tennessee, by Landon Clayton King, was never intended to draw fashionable chatter.
In Europe, Pointer is stocked in stores with names like Americana and Yankee Doodle.
When Tony takes over Danny's body, his voice begins to croak and he shakes his pointer finger for emphasis.
Before our little party had taken six steps into the room, Zoe stood like a pointer; and Fanny backed.The Woman-Hater|Charles Reade
The degree of screw thrust was indicated in pounds by the pointer g.Artificial and Natural Flight|Hiram S. Maxim
The hand or pointer on a peculiar dial was moving violently to and fro.Through Space to Mars|Roy Rockwood
The man then goes away inflated with the idea that he has a pointer from Mr. Gould which will materially affect values.
The wary scout lifted his head, sniffing into the darkness like a pointer dog.Keith of the Border|Randall Parrish
British Dictionary definitions for pointer
Word Origin and History for pointer
mid-14c., "a tiler" (early 13c. as a surname), agent noun from point (v.). From c.1500 as "maker of needlepoint lace." From 1570s as "thing that points;" meaning "dog that stands rigid in the presence of game, facing the quarry" is recorded from 1717. Meaning "item of advice" first recorded 1883.