- the extremities of an animal, especially a horse or dog.
- Railroads, British. a switch.
- the position of the fielder who plays a short distance in front of and to the offside of the batsman.
- the fielder playing this position.
- the action of a hunting dog that indicates the presence and location of game by standing rigid and directing its head toward the game.
- the position taken by a hunting dog in pointing game.
- Also called breaker point. either of a pair of contacts tipped with tungsten or platinum that make or break current flow in a distributor, as in an automobile.
- British. an outlet or socket.
- a unit of price quotation, as in the U.S., one dollar in stock transactions, one hundredth of a cent in cotton and coffee, or one cent in oil, grain, pork, etc.: The price of stock went up two points today.
- (especially in motion pictures) a percentage point, usually of the gross profits, granted to someone who agrees to invest or otherwise participate in a business project: The star of the movie received a million dollar guarantee and five points.
- a patrol or reconnaissance unit that goes ahead of the advance party of an advance guard, or follows the rear party of the rear guard.
- the stroke in bayonet drill or combat.
- a unit of type measurement in the U.S. and U.K. equal to 1/72 inch, or 1/12 pica.Compare Didot point system.
- Also called press-point. (in a press) one of several metal prongs for perforating the sheet so that it will be in register when the reverse is printed.
- the vertex of the angle formed at a frog by two rails; the intersection of gauge lines in a switch or frog.
- British. a tapering movable rail, as in a railroad switch.
verb (used with object)
- to fill the joints of (brickwork, stonework, etc.) with mortar or cement treated in various ways with tools after application.
- to dress the surface of (a stone) with a pointed tool.
- to narrow the end of (a rod) for passing through the dies of a drawbench.
- to narrow the end of (a tube) over the head of a pin that is gripped to pull the tube through the dies of a drawbench.
verb (used without object)
Idioms for point
Origin of point
OTHER WORDS FROM pointmul·ti·point, adjective un·der·point, noun un·der·point, verb (used without object)
Words nearby point
Definition for point (2 of 3)
Definition for point (3 of 3)
Origin of decimal fraction
Example sentences from the Web for point
Deep, situational, and emotional jokes based on what is relevant and has a POINT!Trolls and Martyrdom: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie |Arthur Chu |January 9, 2015 |DAILY BEAST
Therefore, it is not possible for any F-35 schedule to include a video data link or infrared pointer at this point.Pentagon Misfires in Stealth Jet Scandal |Dave Majumdar |January 8, 2015 |DAILY BEAST
In 1995, Myerson made a point not to attend the 75th anniversary of the Miss America pageant.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America? |Emily Shire |January 7, 2015 |DAILY BEAST
At some point during his busy schedule, Israel found the time to write a book, titled The Global War on Morris.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’ |Asawin Suebsaeng |January 7, 2015 |DAILY BEAST
He also bragged about earning a PhD, a point Smerconish did not question.The Price of Steve Scalise’s Silence |Jason Berry |January 7, 2015 |DAILY BEAST
They would even come out and seat themselves on the point of a steep rock by the wayside.The Chinese Fairy Book |Various
The Perdu at this point—and even in his horror he noted it with surprise—was comparatively shallow.Earth's Enigmas |Charles G. D. Roberts
"I shouldn't think so," said the doctor, as if the point was a minor one.The Price of Love |Arnold Bennett
Within was found another case, which was pried open with the point of the general's bowie-knife.The Golden Fleece |Julian Hawthorne
It seemed indeed as if she merely coquetted with the point, and Captain Jackman noticed it.A Tale of Two Tunnels |William Clark Russell
British Dictionary definitions for point (1 of 2)
- a geometric element having no dimensions and whose position in space is located by means of its coordinates
- a locationpoint of inflection
- a unit of value used to quote security and commodity prices and their fluctuations
- a percentage unit sometimes payable by a borrower as a premium on a loan
- one of the 32 marks on the circumference of a compass card indicating direction
- the angle of 11°15′ between two adjacent marks
- a point on the horizon indicated by such a mark
- a fielding position at right angles to the batsman on the off side and relatively near the pitch
- a fielder in this position
- short for power point
- an informal name for socket (def. 2)
- to make (something) one's regular habit
- to do (something) because one thinks it important
- to make a concession or exception not usually made
- to exaggerate
Word Origin for point
British Dictionary definitions for point (2 of 2)
Medical definitions for point
Scientific definitions for point (1 of 2)
Scientific definitions for point (2 of 2)
Cultural definitions for point
In geometry, a location having no dimension — no length, height, or width — and identified by at least one coordinate.
Idioms and Phrases with point
In addition to the idioms beginning with point
- point in time
- point of no return
- point of view
- point out
- point the finger at
- point up
- at sword's point
- at that point
- at this point
- belabor the point
- beside the point
- boiling point
- brownie points
- case in point
- get to the point
- hit the high spots (points)
- in (point of) fact
- in point
- jumping-off place (point)
- make a point of
- make one's point
- miss the point
- moot point
- on the point of
- possession is nine points of the law
- sore point
- stretch a point
- strong point
- take someone's point
- to the point
- up to a point
- win on points