- a person or thing that points.
- a long, tapering stick used by teachers, lecturers, etc., in pointing things out on a map, blackboard, or the like.
- the hand on a watch dial, clock face, scale, etc.
- Military. the member of an artillery crew who aims the weapon.
- one of a breed of short-haired hunting dogs trained to point game.
- a piece of advice, especially on how to succeed in a specific area: The food expert gave some good pointers on making better salads.
- an identifier giving the location in storage of something of interest, as a data item, table, or subroutine.
- cursor(def 1).
- Pointers, Astronomy. the two outer stars of the Big Dipper that lie on a line that passes very near Polaris and are used for finding it.
Origin of pointer
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Examples from the Web for pointers
I gave him some pointers and examples of grant proposals that I thought could be useful.ISIS Thugs Behead Peter Kassig
October 4, 2014
Some pointers for the Princeton kid and others who deny that racial bias exists in America today.Eight Things Every White Person Should Know About White Privilege
May 7, 2014
In which case, maybe you should take some pointers from economist Daniel Hamermesh, who has been happily married for decades.The Nobel Winner’s Guide to Love
October 16, 2012
But hey, at this point maybe Obama ought to ask for pointers from Vice President Joe Biden.Blame Obama’s Lousy Debate on John Kerry!
October 5, 2012
Heretofore, Khalid and Shakib have been inseparable as the Pointers.The Book of Khalid
The Great Bear is also to be remembered as the Pointers for another reason.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
Get someone who knows something about it to give you pointers on running.The Grammar School Boys of Gridley
H. Irving Hancock
After harvest I have shot them before the pointers in turnip-fields.The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1
One of the pointers, carried away by excitement, went up to him.In Search of the Castaways
- the Pointers the two brightest stars in the Plough (Dubhe and Merak), which lie in the direction pointing towards the Pole Star and are therefore used to locate it
- a person or thing that points
- an indicator on a measuring instrument
- a long rod or cane used by a lecturer to point to parts of a map, blackboard, etc
- one of a breed of large swift smooth-coated dogs, usually white with black, liver, or lemon markings: when on shooting expeditions it points to the bird with its nose, body, and tail in a straight line
- a helpful piece of information or advice
Word Origin and History for pointers
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.