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1. point [ n ] a geometric element that has position but no extension
Examples: "a point is defined by its coordinates"

Used in print:

(Frederick Mosteller et al., Probability with...)

In Chapters 3 and 4 we answered questions like those in the examples , usually by counting points in a sample space .

(R. P. Jerrard, "Inscribed squares in plane curves"...)

A square inscribed in a curve C means a square with its four corner points on the curve , though it may_not lie entirely in the interior of C .

The square has one corner point on the straight_line segment , and does not lie entirely in the interior .

On C , from the point P at **f to the point Q at **f , we construct the chord , and upon the chord as a side erect a square in such a way that as s approaches zero the square is inside C .

On C , from the point P at **f to the point Q at **f , we construct the chord , and upon the chord as a side erect a square in such a way that as s approaches zero the square is inside C .

Synonyms point Related Terms component intersection intercept attracter

2. point [ v ] indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively
Examples: "I showed the customer the glove section" "He pointed to the empty parking space" "he indicated his opponents"

Used in print:

(Clayton C. Barbeau, The Ikon....)

Prevot came_up `` Take that spot over there '' , he whispered , pointing to a small clump of blackness .

Above , the glowing ivory baton of their searchlight pointed at the clouds , diluting the valley 's dark to a pallid light .

(Louis Zara, Dark Rider....)

Papa pointed a scornful finger at the splashing youth : `` Idle recreation '' !

(Arthur Miller, "The Prophecy," in The Best...)

Now she kept herself protectively ready to laugh again and sure_enough he pointed at her with his index_finger and said `` Toot '' ! once_more and roared_off into the fog , his foot evidently surprising him with the suddenness with which it pressed the accelerator , just as his hand did when he worked .

(Whit Masterson, Evil Come, Evil Go....)

Vecchio was nodding and pointing at the large suitcase he held .

Synonyms indicate point show Related Terms inform reflect signalize finger arrow indication

3. point [ n ] the precise location of something; a spatially limited location
Examples: "she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"

Used in print:

(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)

In a long commentary which he has inserted in the published text of the first act of the play , he says at one point : `` However , that experience never raised a doubt in his mind as to the reality of the underworld or the existence of Lucifer 's many faced lieutenants .

(Bonnie Prudden, "The Dancer and the Gymnast"...)

Start by falling forward to a point close to the feet , and , as strength improves , fall farther and farther out .

(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)

And this occurs now , at the refrain of Jacoby 's song - at the point , in_fact , of the name `` Lizzy '' - ; a modulation described as `` almost a stroke of genius '' .

(Robert A. Futterman, The Future of Our Cities....)

Less ambitious freeway plans may be more successful - especially when the roadways and interchanges are raised , allowing_for cross access at many points and providing parking_areas below the ramp .

(Clayton C. Barbeau, The Ikon....)

If he were to go with White , he would be out there two days , not just listening in the dark at some point between here and Papa-san , but moving ever deeper into enemy land - behind Papa-san itself .

Synonyms point Related Terms location destination topographic_point position beginning military_position corner center corner position focus navel focus midair limit vanishing_point abutment trichion crossing punctum McBurney's_point antinode node pressure_point hot_spot focus hilum ground_zero chokepoint geographic_point celestial_point blind_spot

4. point [ n ] a brief version of the essential meaning of something
Examples: "get to the point" "he missed the point of the joke" "life has lost its point"

Used in print:

(Philip Reaves, "Who Rules the Marriage Bed?"...)

`` The important point is that both be satisfied with the adjustment '' .

(Barry Goldwater, "A Foreign Policy for America"...)

It may be , of_course , that such objectives can be pursued consisently with a policy designed to overthrow Communism ; my point is that where conflicts arise they must always be resolved in_favor_of achieving the indispensable condition for a tolerant world - the absence of Soviet Communist power .

Never_mind whether the Kikiyus and the Bantus enjoyed Wilsonian self-determination : the point is that in the struggle for the world that vast land_mass was under the domination and influence of the West .

(Mignon G. Eberhart, The Cup, the Blade...)

She thrust the envelope back in the bag ; there was no point in locking it up in the armoire now , it was like locking the barn after the horse was stolen .

There was no point either in telling herself again what a fool she 'd been .

Synonyms point Related Terms meaning rallying_point crux talking_point bottom_line

5. point [ n ] an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole
Examples: "several of the details are similar" "a point of information"

Used in print:

(Nathan Rapport, ""I've Been Here before!"...)

Dr._H._V._Hilprecht , Professor of Assyrian at the University_of_Pennsylvania , dreamed that a Babylonian priest , associated with the king Kurigalzu , ( 1300 B.C. . ) escorted him to the treasure chamber of the temple of Bel , gave him six novel points of information about a certain broken relic , and corrected an error in its identification .

We may conclude that all six points of information , ostensibly given by the dream priest , could have been furnished by Dr._Hilprecht 's subconscious reasoning .

(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)

This is simple enough , but several more points of interest may be mentioned as relevant .

(Joyce O. Hertzler, American Social Institutions;...)

This is brought_out in the common religious ethos that prevails even in the denominationally diverse audiences at many secular semi-public and public occasions in the United_States ; and it is evidenced in the prayers offered , in the frequent religious allusions , and in the confirmation of points on religious grounds .

(William S. Haymond, "Is Distance an Original...)

If the argument is accepted as essentially sound up to this point , it remains for us to consider whether the patient 's difficulties in orienting himself spatially and in locating objects in space with the sense_of_touch can be explained by his defective visual condition .

Synonyms detail point item Related Terms fact respect minutia nook_and_cranny technicality sticking_point enumerate

6. point [ n ] a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process
Examples: "a remarkable degree of frankness" "at what stage are the social sciences?"

Used in print:

(Chicago Daily Tribune...)

But he had in Walter_Hendl a willing conductor able only up to a point .

But Mr._Hendl does not go straight to any point .

The concert opened with another big romantic score , Schumann's Overture_to_Manfred , which suffered fate , this time with orchestral thrusts to the Byronic point to keep it afloat .

(Mr. America, 4:6...)

By this time Henri 's entire chest back - lat shoulder area is pumped-up to almost bursting point , and Claude takes time to do a_bit more pectoral front deltoid shaping work .

(Raymond C. Binder et al., editors, Proceedings...)

Hence , the flow conditions at the anode of free_burning arcs resemble those near a stagnation point .

Synonyms stage degree point level Related Terms state extent acme plane standard_of_living quickening climax ultimateness state_of_the_art ladder resultant

7. point [ n ] a very short period of time
Examples: "at that point I had to leave"

Used in print:

(Jaroslav Pelikan, The Shape of Death: life, death and...)

If it was , then it must have been God 's intention to translate him at a certain point from time to eternity .

(Organic Gardening and Farming,...)

The fruit is allowed to mature on the tree , but it is still firm at this point .

(S. Idell Pyle, et al., Onsets, Completions, and...)

Obviously , the slowing for her may have occurred at any point between Onset and Completion .

(Guy Endore, Voltaire! Voltaire!...)

He felt himself now , as he himself says in his Confessions , at a crucial point of his life .

(Hampton Stone, The Man Who Looked Death...)

Starting with the room completely blacked_out , as it was when we came_in , he unerringly fixed things so that the whole place was bathed in the maximum of light without at any point admitting even so much as a crack of glare .

Synonyms point point_in_time Related Terms time_period measure moment date end stopping_point beginning then deadline phase middle arrival_time run-time term midterm midterm departure_time show_time distance

8. point [ v ] be oriented
Examples: "The weather vane points North"

Used in print:

(Bonnie Prudden, "The Dancer and the Gymnast"...)

Place flat palms on either side of the head a_few inches away from the ears , fingers pointing toward the shoulders .

(S. Idell Pyle, et al., Onsets, Completions, and...)

The direction in which the arrow points shows how the maturity level of the growth center was changed at Completion from the level at Onset .

(Chester G. Starr, The Origins of Greek Civili...)

While many tokens point forward , the main achievements stand as a culmination of the simple patterns of the Dark_ages .

(Arthur Miller, "The Prophecy," in The Best...)

Then , when he had it pointed down the hill , he stopped to gaze at her through the window .

Synonyms point orient Related Terms lie lie arrow

9. point [ v ] direct into a position for use
Examples: "point a gun" "He charged his weapon at me"

Used in print:

(Glayds H. Barr, The Master of Geneva....)

`` That is the answer the ungodly will always make when the Church points its fingers at their sins .

(Whit Masterson, Evil Come, Evil Go....)

They surged around him , fingers pointing , eyes prying .

(Richard Ferber, Bitter Valley....)

He raised the Winchester and pointed it at Wilson 's chest .

Synonyms point level charge Related Terms aim

10. point [ n ] the object of an activity
Examples: "what is the point of discussing it?"

Used in print:

(Brand Blanshard, "The Emotive Theory," Robert...)

We should say that we made our point with feeling the first time and little or no feeling the second time , but that it was the same point we were making .

We should say that we made our point with feeling the first time and little or no feeling the second time , but that it was the same point we were making .

(J. H. Hexter, "Thomas More: On the Margins...)

With_respect_to this view , two points are worth making .

Synonyms point Related Terms aim

11. point [ v ] direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

Used in print:

(Bonnie Prudden, "The Dancer and the Gymnast"...)

The child should then bring both legs together overhead , point the toes and tighten the seat muscles .

(Philip Jos‚ Farmer, The Lovers....)

The Gabriel pointed towards her destination and , under one gee acceleration , began to build_up towards her ultimate velocity , 99.1 percent of the speed_of_light .

Synonyms guide point maneuver steer head channelise manoeuver channelize direct manoeuvre manouevre Related Terms control park navigate stand_out navigate corner dock channel starboard sheer pull_over conn crab driving maneuver head guidance bearing guide maneuverer forefront helmsman steering

12. point [ n ] a V shape
Examples: "the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points"

Used in print:

(Gerald Green, The Heartless Light....)

Through the swathings of terror , she jabbed deceit 's sharp point - Amy would be reborn , a new child , with new parents , living under new circumstances .

(Frieda Arkin, "The Light of the Sea," in The...)

He saw the Starbird as she lay , her slender mast up and gently turning , its point describing constant languid circles against a cumulus sky .

Synonyms point peak tip Related Terms convex_shape fovea head cusp widow's_peak sword pencil knife cone arrowhead alpenstock

13. point [ n ] the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest
Examples: "he scored 20 points in the first half" "a touchdown counts 6 points"

Used in print:

(The Dallas Morning News,...)

Arkansas combined 280 yards rushing with 64 yards passing ( on 5 completions in 7 tosses ) and a tough defense to whip TCU , and A+M , with a 38 - point bulge against Texas_Tech ran_up its biggest total loop play since 1950 .

(Rocky Mountains News, [Denver, Colorado],...)

Willie 's lifetime batting average of .318 is 11 points beyond Mickey's .

Synonyms point Related Terms unit_of_measurement match_point set_point advantage score

14. point [ n ] a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list
Examples: "he noticed an item in the New York Times" "she had several items on her shopping list" "the main point on the agenda was taken up first"

Used in print:

(H. A. Gleason, "Review of African language studies...)

Morphophonemic rules may be thought_of as joining certain points in the system .

Linguists have not always been more enlightened than `` practical people '' and sometimes have insisted on incredibly trivial points while neglecting things of much greater significance .

Synonyms item point Related Terms part news_item place inventory_item line_item agenda_item incidental list

15. point [ n ] a very small circular shape
Examples: "a row of points" "draw lines between the dots"

Synonyms dot point Related Terms disk dot

16. point [ n ] a promontory extending out into a large body of water
Examples: "they sailed south around the point"

Used in print:

(James Boylan, "Mutinity"...)

To port was a point 200 feet high rising behind to a precipice of 2000 feet .

(Donald J. Plantz, Sweeney Squadron....)

He spread the flight out and led them across a point of land and_then down the coast .

Synonyms point Related Terms promontory

17. point [ n ] an outstanding characteristic
Examples: "his acting was one of the high points of the movie"

Used in print:

(Evan Esar, Humorous English; a guide to comic ,...)

At the home of a gourmet the new maid was instructed in the fine points of serving .

Synonyms spot point Related Terms characteristic

18. point [ v ] be a signal for or a symptom of
Examples: "These symptoms indicate a serious illness" "Her behavior points to a severe neurosis" "The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued"

Used in print:

(Stephen Longstreet, Eagles Where I Walk....)

The chevaux_de_frise , those sharp stakes and barriers around the fort at the Battery , pointed to a conflict between the town and sea_power rolling in glassy swells as the tide came_in .

Synonyms indicate signal point bespeak betoken Related Terms tell mark bode signal indication indicator

19. point [ n ] sharp end
Examples: "he stuck the point of the knife into a tree" "he broke the point of his pencil"

Used in print:

(Sallie Bingham, "Moving Day," The Atlantic...)

Winston took_out a pencil , admired the point , and wrote slowly and heavily , `` Clothes Stand '' .

Synonyms point Related Terms end diamond_point cusp pen_nib pinpoint pike barb arrowhead barb spearhead pen pencil knife needle pin icepick awl

20. point [ n ] a style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect

Synonyms point Related Terms relevance

21. point [ v ] sail close to the wind

Synonyms point luff Related Terms sail navigation

22. point [ v ] be positionable in a specified manner
Examples: "The gun points with ease"

Synonyms point Related Terms be charge gun_muzzle pointer

23. point [ v ] mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes

Synonyms point Related Terms tag period

24. point [ v ] mark Hebrew words with diacritics

Synonyms point Related Terms tag period

25. point [ v ] mark with diacritics, as of letter

Synonyms point Related Terms tag period

26. point [ n ] a linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch

Synonyms point Related Terms linear_unit em

27. point [ n ] any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass
Examples: "he checked the point on his compass"

Synonyms point compass_point Related Terms direction northeast southwest southeast east_northeast east_by_south south_by_east east_by_north east_southeast northeast_by_north north_northeast west_by_north northwest_by_west southeast_by_east southeast_by_south south_by_west south_southwest southwest_by_south south_southeast southwest_by_west west_southwest west_by_south northeast_by_east west_northwest north_by_east northwest northwest_by_north north_northwest north_by_west cardinal_compass_point

28. point [ n ] the gun muzzle's direction
Examples: "he held me up at the point of a gun"

Synonyms gunpoint point Related Terms gun_muzzle

29. point [ v ] repair the joints of bricks
Examples: "point a chimney"

Synonyms repoint point Related Terms repair

30. point [ v ] give a point to
Examples: "The candles are tapered"

Synonyms taper point sharpen Related Terms change_shape acuminate taper_off taper_off taper taper

31. point [ v ] give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction
Examples: "I directed them towards the town hall"

Synonyms direct point Related Terms instruct point_the_way

32. point [ n ] a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer
Examples: "the point of the arrow was due north"

Synonyms head point Related Terms mark arrow

33. point [ n ] a distinguishing or individuating characteristic
Examples: "he knows my bad points as well as my good points"

Synonyms point Related Terms characteristic selling_point

34. point [ n ] a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations
Examples: "in England they call a period a stop"

Synonyms period stop full_stop full_point point Related Terms punctuation suspension_point

35. point [ v ] intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
Examples: "He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face" "criticism directed at her superior" "direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself"

Synonyms direct aim place point target Related Terms aim address range_in topographic_point prey

36. point [ n ] the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp point

Synonyms pointedness point Related Terms unpointedness taper

37. point [ n ] (British) a wall socket

Synonyms power_point point Related Terms wall_socket UK

38. point [ n ] the gun muzzle's direction
Examples: "he held me up at the point of a gun"

Synonyms muzzle point gunpoint gun_muzzle Related Terms gun_muzzle opening gun

39. point [ n ] a contact in the distributor; as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts distributor points and current flows to the spark plugs

Synonyms breaker_point point distributor_point Related Terms contact distributor

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