• A discrete division of something.
  • A sharp extremity.
  • One of the several different parts of the escutcheon.
  • A short piece of cordage used in reefing sails.
  • A string or lace used to tie together certain garments.
  • Lace worked by the needle.
  • An item of private information; a hint; a tip; a pointer.
  • The attitude assumed by a pointer dog when he finds game.
  • The perpendicular rising of a hawk over the place where its prey has gone into cover.
  • The act of pointing, as of the foot downward in certain dance positions.
  • The gesture of extending the index finger in a direction in order to indicate something.
  • A vaccine point.
  • In various sports, a position of a certain player, or, by extension, the player occupying that position.


  • To extend the index finger in the direction of something in order to show where it is or to draw attention to it.
  • To draw attention to something or indicate a direction.
  • To face in a particular direction.
  • To direct toward an object; to aim.
  • To give a point to; to sharpen; to cut, forge, grind, or file to an acute end.
  • To indicate a probability of something.
  • To repair mortar.
  • To fill up and finish the joints of (a wall), by introducing additional cement or mortar, and bringing it to a smooth surface.
  • To cut, as a surface, with a pointed tool.
  • To direct or encourage (someone) in a particular direction.
  • To separate an integer from a decimal with a decimal point.
  • To mark with diacritics.
  • To supply with punctuation marks; to punctuate.
  • To direct the central processing unit to seek information at a certain location in memory.
  • To direct requests sent to a domain name to the IP address corresponding to that domain name.
  • To sail close to the wind.
  • To indicate the presence of game by a fixed and steady look, as certain hunting dogs do.
  • To approximate to the surface; to head.
  • To give point to (something said or done); to give particular prominence or force to.
  • To appoint.


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  • From Middle English point, from Old French point ("dot; minute amount"), from Latin pūnctum ("a hole punched in; a point, puncture"), substantive use of pūnctus, perfect passive participle of pungō; alternatively, from Old French pointe ("sharp tip"), from Latin pūncta. Displaced native Middle English ord ("point"), from Old English ord ("point"). pointe, punctum, punt, and punto.
  • From Middle English pointen, poynten, from Old French pointier, pointer, poynter, from Medieval Latin punctare, pūnctuō, from Latin pūnctum.
  • From Middle English pointen, poynten, by apheresis of apointen, appointen, appoynten. See appoint.

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