1: a geometric element that has position but no extension; "a point is defined by its coordinates"
2: the precise location of something; a spatially limited location; "she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"
3: a brief version of the essential meaning of something; "get to the point"; "he missed the point of the joke"; "life has lost its point"
4: a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process; "a remarkable degree of frankness"; "at what stage are the social sciences?" [syn: degree, level, stage]
5: an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole; "several of the details are similar"; "a point of information" [syn: detail, item]
6: an instant of time; "at that point I had to leave" [syn: point in time]
7: the object of an activity; "what is the point of discussing it?"
8: a V shape; "the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points" [syn: tip, peak]
9: a very small circular shape; "a row of points"; "draw lines between the dots" [syn: dot]
10: the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest; "he scored 20 points in the first half"; "a touchdown counts 6 points"
11: a promontory extending out into a large body of water; "they sailed south around the point"
12: a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list; "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" [syn: item]
13: a style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect
14: an outstanding characteristic; "his acting was one of the high points of the movie" [syn: spot]
15: sharp end; "he stuck the point of the knife into a tree"; "he broke the point of his pencil"
16: any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass; "he checked the point on his compass" [syn: compass point]
17: a linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch
18: a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations; "in England they call a period a stop" [syn: period, full stop, stop, full point]
19: a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer; "the point of the arrow was due north" [syn: head]
20: the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp point [syn: pointedness] [ant: unpointedness]
21: a distinguishing or individuating characteristic; "he knows my bad points as well as my good points"
22: the gun muzzle's direction; "he held me up at the point of a gun" [syn: gunpoint]
23: a wall socket [syn: power point]
24: a contact in the distributor; as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts distributor points and current flows to the spark plugs [syn: distributor point, breaker point]
1: indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively; "I showed the customer the glove section"; "He pointed to the empty parking space"; "he indicated his opponents" [syn: indicate, show]
2: be oriented; "The weather vane points North" [syn: orient]
3: direct into a position for use; "point a gun"; "He charged his weapon at me" [syn: charge, level]
4: direct the course; determine the direction of travelling [syn: steer, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, direct, head, guide, channelize, channelise]
5: be a signal for or a symptom of; "These symptoms indicate a serious illness"; "Her behavior points to a severe neurosis"; "The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued" [syn: bespeak, betoken, indicate, signal]
6: sail close to the wind [syn: luff]
7: mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics
8: mark with diacritics; "point the letter"
9: mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes
10: be positionable in a specified manner; "The gun points with ease"
11: intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; "He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face"; "criticism directed at her superior"; "direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself" [syn: target, aim, place, direct]
12: give a point to; "The candles are tapered" [syn: sharpen, taper]
13: repair the joints of bricks; "point a chimney" [syn: repoint]
Adjacent words: poilu | Poinciana | Poinciana gilliesii | Poinciana pulcherrima | Poinciana regia | poinsettia | poinsettia strain | point | point after | point duty | point in time | point jam | point lace | point man | point mutation | point of accumulation