[ point ]
/ pɔɪnt /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Idioms for point

Origin of point

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English point(e); partly < Old French point dot, mark, place, moment < Latin pūnctum, noun use of neuter past participle of pungere to prick, stab (cf. pungent); partly < Old French pointe sharp end < Medieval Latin pūncta, noun use of Latin: feminine of past participle of pungere; (v.) Middle English pointen; partly derivative of the noun, partly < Middle French pointer, derivative of pointe (noun)


mul·ti·point, adjective un·der·point, noun un·der·point, verb (used without object)

Definition for point (2 of 3)

à point
[ a pwan ]
/ a ˈpwɛ̃ /

adverb French.

just in time.
(of cooking) to a turn; perfectly.
(of meat) cooked medium.

Definition for point (3 of 3)

decimal fraction

noun Arithmetic.

a fraction whose denominator is some power of 10, usually indicated by a dot (decimal point or point) written before the numerator: as 0.4 = 4/10; 0.126 = 126/1000.

Origin of decimal fraction

First recorded in 1650–60

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British Dictionary definitions for point (1 of 2)

/ (pɔɪnt) /



Word Origin for point

C13: from Old French: spot, from Latin punctum a point, from pungere to pierce; also influenced by Old French pointe pointed end, from Latin pungere

British Dictionary definitions for point (2 of 2)

decimal fraction


another name for decimal (def. 1)

Medical definitions for point

[ point ]


A sharp or tapered end.
A slight projection.
A stage or condition reached.


To become ready to open, as an abscess or boil.

Scientific definitions for point (1 of 2)

[ point ]

A geometric object having no dimensions and no property other than its location. The intersection of two lines is a point.

Scientific definitions for point (2 of 2)

decimal fraction

A decimal having no digits to the left of the decimal point except zero, such as 0.2 or 0.00354.

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