point


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Point \Point\ (point), v. t. & i.
   To appoint. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Point \Point\, n. [F. point, and probably also pointe, L.
   punctum, puncta, fr. pungere, punctum, to prick. See
   Pungent, and cf. Puncto, Puncture.]
   1. That which pricks or pierces; the sharp end of anything,
      esp. the sharp end of a piercing instrument, as a needle
      or a pin.
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   2. An instrument which pricks or pierces, as a sort of needle
      used by engravers, etchers, lace workers, and others;
      also, a pointed cutting tool, as a stone cutter's point;
      -- called also pointer.
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   3. Anything which tapers to a sharp, well-defined
      termination. Specifically: A small promontory or cape; a
      tract of land extending into the water beyond the common
      shore line.
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   4. The mark made by the end of a sharp, piercing instrument,
      as a needle; a prick.
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   5. An indefinitely small space; a mere spot indicated or
      supposed. Specifically: (Geom.) That which has neither
      parts nor magnitude; that which has position, but has
      neither length, breadth, nor thickness, -- sometimes
      conceived of as the limit of a line; that by the motion of
      which a line is conceived to be produced.
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   6. An indivisible portion of time; a moment; an instant;
      hence, the verge.
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            When time's first point begun
            Made he all souls.                    --Sir J.
                                                  Davies.
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   7. A mark of punctuation; a character used to mark the
      divisions of a composition, or the pauses to be observed
      in reading, or to point off groups of figures, etc.; a
      stop, as a comma, a semicolon, and esp. a period; hence,
      figuratively, an end, or conclusion.
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            And there a point, for ended is my tale. --Chaucer.
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            Commas and points they set exactly right. --Pope.
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   8. Whatever serves to mark progress, rank, or relative
      position, or to indicate a transition from one state or
      position to another, degree; step; stage; hence, position
      or condition attained; as, a point of elevation, or of
      depression; the stock fell off five points; he won by
      tenpoints. "A point of precedence." --Selden. "Creeping on
      from point to point." --Tennyson.
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            A lord full fat and in good point.    --Chaucer.
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   9. That which arrests attention, or indicates qualities or
      character; a salient feature; a characteristic; a
      peculiarity; hence, a particular; an item; a detail; as,
      the good or bad points of a man, a horse, a book, a story,
      etc.
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            He told him, point for point, in short and plain.
                                                  --Chaucer.
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            In point of religion and in point of honor. --Bacon.
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            Shalt thou dispute
            With Him the points of liberty ?      --Milton.
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   10. Hence, the most prominent or important feature, as of an
       argument, discourse, etc.; the essential matter; esp.,
       the proposition to be established; as, the point of an
       anecdote. "Here lies the point." --Shak.
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             They will hardly prove his point.    --Arbuthnot.
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   11. A small matter; a trifle; a least consideration; a
       punctilio.
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             This fellow doth not stand upon points. --Shak.
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             [He] cared not for God or man a point. --Spenser.
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   12. (Mus.) A dot or mark used to designate certain tones or
       time; as:
       (a) (Anc. Mus.) A dot or mark distinguishing or
           characterizing certain tones or styles; as, points of
           perfection, of augmentation, etc.; hence, a note; a
           tune. "Sound the trumpet -- not a levant, or a
           flourish, but a point of war." --Sir W. Scott.
       (b) (Mod. Mus.) A dot placed at the right hand of a note,
           to raise its value, or prolong its time, by one half,
           as to make a whole note equal to three half notes, a
           half note equal to three quarter notes.
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   13. (Astron.) A fixed conventional place for reference, or
       zero of reckoning, in the heavens, usually the
       intersection of two or more great circles of the sphere,
       and named specifically in each case according to the
       position intended; as, the equinoctial points; the
       solstitial points; the nodal points; vertical points,
       etc. See Equinoctial Nodal.
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   14. (Her.) One of the several different parts of the
       escutcheon. See Escutcheon.
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   15. (Naut.)
       (a) One of the points of the compass (see {Points of the
           compass}, below); also, the difference between two
           points of the compass; as, to fall off a point.
       (b) A short piece of cordage used in reefing sails. See
           Reef point, under Reef.
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   16. (Anc. Costume) A a string or lace used to tie together
       certain parts of the dress. --Sir W. Scott.
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   17. Lace wrought the needle; as, point de Venise; Brussels
       point. See Point lace, below.
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   18. pl. (Railways) A switch. [Eng.]
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   19. An item of private information; a hint; a tip; a pointer.
       [Cant, U. S.]
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   20. (Cricket) A fielder who is stationed on the off side,
       about twelve or fifteen yards from, and a little in
       advance of, the batsman.
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   21. The attitude assumed by a pointer dog when he finds game;
       as, the dog came to a point. See Pointer.
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   22. (Type Making) A standard unit of measure for the size of
       type bodies, being one twelfth of the thickness of pica
       type. See Point system of type, under Type.
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   23. A tyne or snag of an antler.
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   24. One of the spaces on a backgammon board.
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   25. (Fencing) A movement executed with the saber or foil; as,
       tierce point.
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   26. (Med.) A pointed piece of quill or bone covered at one
       end with vaccine matter; -- called also vaccine point.
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   27. One of the raised dots used in certain systems of
       printing and writing for the blind. The first practical
       system was that devised by Louis Braille in 1829, and
       still used in Europe (see Braille). Two modifications
       of this are current in the United States:

   New York point founded on three bases of equidistant points
      arranged in two lines (viz., : :: :::), and a later
      improvement,

   American Braille, embodying the Braille base (:::) and the
      New-York-point principle of using the characters of few
      points for the commonest letters.
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   28. In technical senses:
       (a) In various games, a position of a certain player, or,
           by extension, the player himself; as: (1) (Lacrosse &
           Ice Hockey) The position of the player of each side
           who stands a short distance in front of the goal
           keeper; also, the player himself. (2) (Baseball)
           (pl.) The position of the pitcher and catcher.
       (b) (Hunting) A spot to which a straight run is made;
           hence, a straight run from point to point; a
           cross-country run. [Colloq. Oxf. E. D.]
       (c) (Falconry) The perpendicular rising of a hawk over
           the place where its prey has gone into cover.
       (d) Act of pointing, as of the foot downward in certain
           dance positions.
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   Note: The word point is a general term, much used in the
         sciences, particularly in mathematics, mechanics,
         perspective, and physics, but generally either in the
         geometrical sense, or in that of degree, or condition
         of change, and with some accompanying descriptive or
         qualifying term, under which, in the vocabulary, the
         specific uses are explained; as, boiling point, carbon
         point, dry point, freezing point, melting point,
         vanishing point, etc.
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   At all points, in every particular, completely; perfectly.
      --Shak.

   At point, In point, At the point, In the point, or
   On the point, as near as can be; on the verge; about (see
      About, prep., 6); as, at the point of death; he was on
      the point of speaking. "In point to fall down." --Chaucer.
      "Caius Sidius Geta, at point to have been taken, recovered
      himself so valiantly as brought day on his side."
      --Milton.

   Dead point. (Mach.) Same as Dead center, under Dead.

   Far point (Med.), in ophthalmology, the farthest point at
      which objects are seen distinctly. In normal eyes the
      nearest point at which objects are seen distinctly; either
      with the two eyes together (binocular near point), or with
      each eye separately (monocular near point).

   Nine points of the law, all but the tenth point; the
      greater weight of authority.

   On the point. See At point, above.

   Point lace, lace wrought with the needle, as distinguished
      from that made on the pillow.

   Point net, a machine-made lace imitating a kind of Brussels
      lace (Brussels ground).

   Point of concurrence (Geom.), a point common to two lines,
      but not a point of tangency or of intersection, as, for
      instance, that in which a cycloid meets its base.

   Point of contrary flexure, a point at which a curve changes
      its direction of curvature, or at which its convexity and
      concavity change sides.

   Point of order, in parliamentary practice, a question of
      order or propriety under the rules.

   Point of sight (Persp.), in a perspective drawing, the
      point assumed as that occupied by the eye of the
      spectator.

   Point of view, the relative position from which anything is
      seen or any subject is considered.

   Points of the compass (Naut.), the thirty-two points of
      division of the compass card in the mariner's compass; the
      corresponding points by which the circle of the horizon is
      supposed to be divided, of which the four marking the
      directions of east, west, north, and south, are called
      cardinal points, and the rest are named from their
      respective directions, as N. by E., N. N. E., N. E. by N.,
      N. E., etc. See Illust. under Compass.

   Point paper, paper pricked through so as to form a stencil
      for transferring a design.

   Point system of type. See under Type.

   Singular point (Geom.), a point of a curve which possesses
      some property not possessed by points in general on the
      curve, as a cusp, a point of inflection, a node, etc.

   To carry one's point, to accomplish one's object, as in a
      controversy.

   To make a point of, to attach special importance to.

   To make a point, or To gain a point, accomplish that
      which was proposed; also, to make advance by a step,
      grade, or position.

   To mark a point, or To score a point, as in billiards,
      cricket, etc., to note down, or to make, a successful hit,
      run, etc.

   To strain a point, to go beyond the proper limit or rule;
      to stretch one's authority or conscience.

   Vowel point, in Arabic, Hebrew, and certain other Eastern
      and ancient languages, a mark placed above or below the
      consonant, or attached to it, representing the vowel, or
      vocal sound, which precedes or follows the consonant.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Point \Point\ (point), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pointed; p. pr. &
   vb. n. Pointing.] [Cf. F. pointer. See Point, n.]
   1. To give a point to; to sharpen; to cut, forge, grind, or
      file to an acute end; as, to point a dart, or a pencil.
      Used also figuratively; as, to point a moral.
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   2. To direct toward an abject; to aim; as, to point a gun at
      a wolf, or a cannon at a fort.
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   3. Hence, to direct the attention or notice of.
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            Whosoever should be guided through his battles by
            Minerva, and pointed to every scene of them. --Pope.
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   4. To supply with punctuation marks; to punctuate; as, to
      point a composition.
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   5. To mark (a text, as in Arabic or Hebrew) with {vowel
      points}; -- also called vocalize.

   Syn: vocalize. [1913 Webster + RP]

   6. To give particular prominence to; to designate in a
      special manner; to indicate, as if by pointing; as, the
      error was pointed out. --Pope.
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            He points it, however, by no deviation from his
            straightforward manner of speech.     --Dickens.
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   7. To indicate or discover by a fixed look, as game.
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   8. (Masonry) To fill up and finish the joints of (a wall), by
      introducing additional cement or mortar, and bringing it
      to a smooth surface.
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   9. (Stone Cutting) To cut, as a surface, with a pointed tool.
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   To point a rope (Naut.), to taper and neatly finish off the
      end by interweaving the nettles.

   To point a sail (Naut.), to affix points through the eyelet
      holes of the reefs.

   To point off, to divide into periods or groups, or to
      separate, by pointing, as figures.

   To point the yards (of a vessel) (Naut.), to brace them so
      that the wind shall strike the sails obliquely. --Totten.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Point \Point\ (point), v. i.
   1. To direct the point of something, as of a finger, for the
      purpose of designating an object, and attracting attention
      to it; -- with at.
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            Now must the world point at poor Katharine. --Shak.
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            Point at the tattered coat and ragged shoe.
                                                  --Dryden.
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   2. To indicate the presence of game by fixed and steady look,
      as certain hunting dogs do.
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            He treads with caution, and he points with fear.
                                                  --Gay.
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   3. (Med.) To approximate to the surface; to head; -- said of
      an abscess.
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   To point at, to treat with scorn or contempt by pointing or
      directing attention to.

   To point well (Naut.), to sail close to the wind; -- said
      of a vessel.
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