Related formsun·point·ing, adjective
Definition for pointing (2 of 2)
- the extremities of an animal, especially a horse or dog.
- Railroads, British. a switch.
- 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 breaker 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 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.
verb (used with object)
- 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.
verb (used without object)
Origin of point
Related formsmul·ti·point, adjectiveun·der·point, nounun·der·point, verb (used without object)
Examples from the Web for pointing
But sources said that the evidence so far is pointing away from an ISIS connection.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre|Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Maybe he was just pointing out that many police feel that way.
Others agree, pointing out that the 2014 is not as dark a year as it may seem.
Some 20 people are there when I visit, including a father with his young son, pointing to photographs of movie stars on the walls.
“That was his idea,” says Banks, pointing across the room to Kwatinetz.Azealia Banks Opens Up About Her Journey from Stripping to Rap Stardom|Marlow Stern|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"There's a fox's mask," said the Colonel at the bottom of the table, pointing a triangular bit out.The Magnetic North|Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
"You may go," repeated the old man, pointing at the road leading to his house.Foma Gordyeff|Maxim Gorky
Pointing to these characters, I asked Higgs if he could read them.Queen Sheba's Ring|H. Rider Haggard
I raised mine to my shoulder, and pointing it toward a conspicuous savage, pulled the trigger.Bill Biddon, Trapper|Edward S. Ellis
That is all full of gold, monsieur, said Jasmin, pointing to the cash drawer in the secretary; and its all yours.The Bashful Lover (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XIX)|Charles Paul de Kock
British Dictionary definitions for pointing (1 of 2)
- the insertion of marks to indicate the chanting of a psalm or the vowels in a Hebrew text
- the sequence of marks so inserted
British Dictionary definitions for pointing (2 of 2)
- 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
- 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
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Idioms and Phrases with pointing
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