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.
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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,
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            He told him, point for point, in short and plain.
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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
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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

   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.

   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."

   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

   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

   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:

Pointer \Point"er\, n.
   One who, or that which, points. Specifically:
   (a) The hand of a timepiece.
   (b) (Zool.) One of a breed of dogs trained to stop at scent
       of game, and with the nose point it out to sportsmen.
   (c) pl. (Astron.) The two stars (Merak and Dubhe) in the
       Great Bear, the line between which points nearly in the
       direction of the north star. See Illust. of Ursa Major.
   (b) pl. (Naut.) Diagonal braces sometimes fixed across the
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dog \Dog\ (d[add]g or d[o^]g), n. [AS. docga; akin to D. dog
   mastiff, Dan. dogge, Sw. dogg.]
   1. (Zool.) A quadruped of the genus Canis, esp. the
      domestic dog (Canis familiaris).

   Note: The dog is distinguished above all others of the
         inferior animals for intelligence, docility, and
         attachment to man. There are numerous carefully bred
         varieties, as the akita, beagle, bloodhound,
         bulldog, coachdog, collie, Danish dog,
         foxhound, greyhound, mastiff, pointer,
         poodle, St. Bernard, setter, spaniel, spitz,
         terrier, German shepherd, pit bull, Chihuahua,
         etc. There are also many mixed breeds, and partially
         domesticated varieties, as well as wild dogs, like the
         dingo and dhole. (See these names in the Vocabulary.)
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   2. A mean, worthless fellow; a wretch.
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            What is thy servant, which is but a dog, that he
            should do this great thing?           -- 2 Kings
                                                  viii. 13 (Rev.
                                                  Ver. )
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   3. A fellow; -- used humorously or contemptuously; as, a sly
      dog; a lazy dog. [Colloq.]
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   4. (Astron.) One of the two constellations, Canis Major and
      Canis Minor, or the Greater Dog and the Lesser Dog. Canis
      Major contains the Dog Star (Sirius).
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   5. An iron for holding wood in a fireplace; a firedog; an
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   6. (Mech.)
      (a) A grappling iron, with a claw or claws, for fastening
          into wood or other heavy articles, for the purpose of
          raising or moving them.
      (b) An iron with fangs fastening a log in a saw pit, or on
          the carriage of a sawmill.
      (c) A piece in machinery acting as a catch or clutch;
          especially, the carrier of a lathe, also, an
          adjustable stop to change motion, as in a machine
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   7. an ugly or crude person, especially an ugly woman. [slang]

   8. a hot dog. [slang]

   Note: Dog is used adjectively or in composition, commonly in
         the sense of relating to, or characteristic of, a dog.
         It is also used to denote a male; as, dog fox or g-fox,
         a male fox; dog otter or dog-otter, dog wolf, etc.; --
         also to denote a thing of cheap or mean quality; as,
         dog Latin.
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   A dead dog, a thing of no use or value. --1 Sam. xxiv. 14.

   A dog in the manger, an ugly-natured person who prevents
      others from enjoying what would be an advantage to them
      but is none to him.

   Dog ape (Zool.), a male ape.

   Dog cabbage, or Dog's cabbage (Bot.), a succulent herb,
      native to the Mediterranean region ({Thelygonum

   Dog cheap, very cheap. See under Cheap.

   Dog ear (Arch.), an acroterium. [Colloq.]

   Dog flea (Zool.), a species of flea (Pulex canis) which
      infests dogs and cats, and is often troublesome to man. In
      America it is the common flea. See Flea, and

   Dog grass (Bot.), a grass (Triticum caninum) of the same
      genus as wheat.

   Dog Latin, barbarous Latin; as, the dog Latin of pharmacy.

   Dog lichen (Bot.), a kind of lichen (Peltigera canina)
      growing on earth, rocks, and tree trunks, -- a lobed
      expansion, dingy green above and whitish with fuscous
      veins beneath.

   Dog louse (Zool.), a louse that infests the dog, esp.
      H[ae]matopinus piliferus; another species is
      Trichodectes latus.

   Dog power, a machine operated by the weight of a dog
      traveling in a drum, or on an endless track, as for

   Dog salmon (Zool.), a salmon of northwest America and
      northern Asia; -- the gorbuscha; -- called also holia,
      and hone.

   Dog shark. (Zool.) See Dogfish.

   Dog's meat, meat fit only for dogs; refuse; offal.

   Dog Star. See in the Vocabulary.

   Dog wheat (Bot.), Dog grass.

   Dog whelk (Zool.), any species of univalve shells of the
      family Nassid[ae], esp. the Nassa reticulata of

   To give to the dogs, or To throw to the dogs, to throw
      away as useless. "Throw physic to the dogs; I'll none of
      it." --Shak.

   To go to the dogs, to go to ruin; to be ruined.
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