pointer

[ poin-ter ]
/ ˈpɔɪn tər /

noun

Origin of pointer

First recorded in 1490–1500; point + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for pointers (1 of 2)

Pointers

/ (ˈpɔɪntəz) /

pl n

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

British Dictionary definitions for pointers (2 of 2)

pointer

/ (ˈpɔɪntə) /

noun

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
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Word Origin and History for pointers

pointer


n.

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.

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