(1)   A contact in the distributor; as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts them and current flows to the spark plugs
(2)   Sharp end
"He stuck the point of the knife into a tree"
"He broke the point of his pencil"
(3)   A wall socket
(4)   The gun muzzle's direction
"He held me up at the point of a gun"
(5)   An outstanding characteristic
"His acting was one of the high points of the movie"
(6)   A distinguishing or individuating characteristic
"He knows my bad points as well as my good points"
(7)   The property of a shape that tapers to a sharp tip
(8)   An isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole
"Several of the details are similar"
"A point of information"
(9)   A geometric element that has position but no extension
"A point is defined by its coordinates"
(10)   The object of an activity
"What is the point of discussing it?"
(11)   A distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list
"He noticed an item in the New York Times"
"She had several items on her shopping list"
"The main point on the agenda was taken up first"
(12)   A brief version of the essential meaning of something
"Get to the point"
"He missed the point of the joke"
"Life has lost its point"
(13)   A V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer
"The point of the arrow was due north"
(14)   A punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations
"In England they call a period a stop"
(15)   The precise location of something; a spatially limited location
"She walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"
(16)   A promontory extending out into a large body of water
"They sailed south around the point"
(17)   The unit of counting in scoring a game or contest
"He scored 20 points in the first half"
"A touchdown counts 6 points"
(18)   A linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch
(19)   A style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect
(20)   Any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass
"He checked the point on his compass"
(21)   A V shape
"The cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points"
(22)   A very small circular shape
"A row of points"
"Draw lines between the dots"
(23)   A specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process
"A remarkable degree of frankness"
"At what stage are the social sciences?"
(24)   An instant of time
"At that point I had to leave"


(25)   Repair the joints of bricks
"Point a chimney"


From , from , from , prop. a hole punched in, neut. of , past participle of . Displaced native ord "point" (from ord "point").


  1. A location or place.
    We should meet at a pre-arranged point.
  2. A zero-dimensional mathematical object representing a location in one or more dimensions.
  3. A particular moment in an event or occurrence.
    There comes a point in a marathon when some people give up.
    At this point in the meeting, I'd like to propose a new item for the agenda.
  4. The sharp tip of an object.
    Cut the skin with the point of the knife.
  5. A peninsula.
  6. One of the twelve triangular positions in either table of a backgammon board, on which the stones are played.
  7. A decimal point (used when reading decimal fractions aloud).
    10.5 ("ten point five"; = ten and a half)
  8. An opinion which adds (or supposedly adds) to the discussion; the most important essential in a discussion or matter.
    David made a valuable point about the strengths of our competitors.
    The Congress debated the finer points of the bill.
  9. A unit of measure of success or failure in a game or competition; the unit of scoring.
    The one with the most points will win the game
    Germany awarded Greece the maximum 12 points in the Eurovision Song Contest.
  10. An extremity of an animal.
    The point color of that cat was a deep, rich sable.
  11. a fielding position square of the wicket on the off side, between gully and cover.
  12. The position at the front or vanguard of an advancing force.
    • 2005, Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home: America in the Great Stoned Age, 1945–2000, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-0-7432-3011-6, page 189:
      Willie Jones decided to become Kimani Jones, Black Panther, on the day his best friend, Otis Nicholson, stepped on a mine while walking point during a sweep in the central highlands.
  13. An angle equivalent to eleven and a quarter degrees, that is 1/32 of a circle. Most commonly used to indicate a relative bearing to an object or vessel, but can be used to describe a compass bearing.
  14. A compass point.
  15. a unit of measure equal to 1/12 of a pica, or approximately 1/72 of an inch (exactly 1/72 of an inch in the digital era).
  16. The purpose of something.
    Since the decision has already been made, I see little point in further discussion.


  • (location or place): location, place, position, spot
  • (in geometry):
  • (particular moment in an event or occurrence): moment, time
  • (sharp tip): end, tip
  • (arithmetic symbol): decimal point (name of the symbol; not used when reading decimal fractions aloud)
  • (opinion): opinion, point of view, view, viewpoint
  • (unit of measure of success or failure): mark (in a competition)
  • (colo(u)r of extremities of an animal):

See also

  • Appendix:Collocations of do, have, make, and take for the use of point with these verbs

Related terms


  1. To extend the index finger in the direction of something in order to show where it is or to draw attention to it.
    It's rude to point at other people.
  2. To direct or encourage (someone) in a particular direction
    If he asks for food, point him toward the refrigerator.
  3. In a computer program, to direct the central processing unit to seek information at a certain location in memory.
  4. On the Internet, to direct requests sent to a domain name to the IP address corresponding to that domain name.