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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Punctual \Punc"tu*al\, a. [F. ponctuel (cf. Sp. puntual, It. puntuale), from L. punctum point. See Point.] 1. Consisting in a point; limited to a point; unextended. [R.] "This punctual spot." --Milton. [1913 Webster] The theory of the punctual existence of the soul. -- Krauth. [1913 Webster] 2. Observant of nice points; punctilious; precise. [1913 Webster] Punctual to tediousness in all that he relates. -- Bp. Burnet. [1913 Webster] So much on punctual niceties they stand. --C. Pitt. [1913 Webster] 3. Appearing or done at, or adhering exactly to, a regular or an appointed time; precise; prompt; as, a punctual man; a punctual payment. "The race of the undeviating and punctual sun." --Cowper. [1913 Webster] These sharp strokes [of a pendulum], with their inexorably steady intersections, so agree with our successive thoughts that they seem like the punctual stops counting off our very souls into the past. -- J. Martineau. [1913 Webster]