AskDefine | Define point

Dictionary Definition



1 a geometric element that has position but no extension; "a point is defined by its coordinates"
2 the precise location of something; a spatially limited location; "she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"
3 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"
4 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?" [syn: degree, level, stage]
5 an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole; "several of the details are similar"; "a point of information" [syn: detail, item]
6 an instant of time; "at that point I had to leave" [syn: point in time]
7 the object of an activity; "what is the point of discussing it?"
8 a V shape; "the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points" [syn: tip, peak]
9 a very small circular shape; "a row of points"; "draw lines between the dots" [syn: dot]
10 the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest; "he scored 20 points in the first half"; "a touchdown counts 6 points"
11 a promontory extending out into a large body of water; "they sailed south around the point"
12 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" [syn: item]
13 a style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect
14 an outstanding characteristic; "his acting was one of the high points of the movie" [syn: spot]
15 sharp end; "he stuck the point of the knife into a tree"; "he broke the point of his pencil"
16 any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass; "he checked the point on his compass" [syn: compass point]
17 a linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch
18 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" [syn: period, full stop, stop, full point]
19 a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer; "the point of the arrow was due north" [syn: head]
20 the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp point [syn: pointedness] [ant: unpointedness]
21 a distinguishing or individuating characteristic; "he knows my bad points as well as my good points"
22 the gun muzzle's direction; "he held me up at the point of a gun" [syn: gunpoint]
23 a wall socket [syn: power point]
24 a contact in the distributor; as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts distributor points and current flows to the spark plugs [syn: distributor point, breaker point]


1 indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively; "I showed the customer the glove section"; "He pointed to the empty parking space"; "he indicated his opponents" [syn: indicate, show]
2 be oriented; "The weather vane points North" [syn: orient]
3 direct into a position for use; "point a gun"; "He charged his weapon at me" [syn: charge, level]
4 direct the course; determine the direction of travelling [syn: steer, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, direct, head, guide, channelize, channelise]
5 be a signal for or a symptom of; "These symptoms indicate a serious illness"; "Her behavior points to a severe neurosis"; "The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued" [syn: bespeak, betoken, indicate, signal]
6 sail close to the wind [syn: luff]
7 mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics
8 mark with diacritics; "point the letter"
9 mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes
10 be positionable in a specified manner; "The gun points with ease"
11 intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; "He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face"; "criticism directed at her superior"; "direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself" [syn: target, aim, place, direct]
12 give a point to; "The candles are tapered" [syn: sharpen, taper]
13 repair the joints of bricks; "point a chimney" [syn: repoint]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /pɔɪnt/, /pOInt/
  • Rhymes: -ɔɪnt


  1. A location or place.
  2. A zero-dimensional mathematical object representing a location in one or more dimensions.
  3. A particular moment in an event or occurrence.
    At this point in the meeting, I'd like to propose a new item for the agenda.
  4. The sharp tip of an object.
  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.
  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. rail transport Commonwealth a device by which trains change tracks; switch
  12. a fielding position square of the wicket on the off side, between gully and cover.
  13. The position at the front or vanguard of an advancing force.
    • 2005: 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. — Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home (Simon & Schuster 2005, p. 189)
  14. 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.
  15. A compass point.
  16. 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).


See also

location or place
  • Arabic: (máuqiʕ)
  • Dutch: punt
  • Finnish: piste, paikka
  • French: point
  • German: Punkt
  • Hebrew: נקודה
  • Hungarian: pont
  • Interlingua: puncto
  • Italian: punto
  • Japanese: (てん, ten)
  • Portuguese: ponto
  • Slovene: točka
  • Spanish: punto de encuentro
  • Swedish: punkt, plats
geometry: zero-dimensional object
  • Arabic: (núqʈa)
  • Chinese: (diǎn)
  • Czech: bod
  • Dutch: punt
  • Finnish: piste
  • French: point
  • German: Punkt
  • Hebrew: נקודה
  • Hungarian: pont
  • Italian: punto
  • Japanese: (さき, saki)
  • Korean: (jeom)
  • Portuguese: ponto
  • Russian: пункт
  • Slovene: točka
  • Spanish: punto
  • Swedish: punkt
particular moment in an event or occurrence
  • Dutch: punt
  • Finnish: piste, vaihe
  • German: Punkt, Zeitpunkt
  • Hungarian: pont
sharp tip
  • Dutch: punt
  • Finnish: piste, kärki
  • French: pointe
  • German: Spitze
  • Hungarian: hegy, csúcs
  • Interlingua: puncta
  • Kurdish:
  • Portuguese: ponta
  • Slovene: konica
  • Spanish: punta
  • Swedish: spets
  • Finnish: niemi, niemenkärki
backgammon: one of the twelve triangular positions in either table of a backgammon board
  • Finnish: kiila
arithmetic: decimal point
Note: many languages use a comma (',') rather than a dot as a decimal point, and hence the translations into these languages reflect this.
  • Dutch: komma
  • Finnish: desimaalipilkku, pilkku
  • French: virgule
  • German: Komma
  • Hebrew: נקודה
  • Hungarian: tizedesvessző, tizedespont
  • Italian: virgola
  • Japanese: (てん, ten)
  • Slovene: pika
  • Spanish: punto
  • Swedish: komma
opinion which adds to the discussion
  • Dutch: uitgangspunt
  • Finnish: näkökohta, pointti
  • French: point de vue, avis, opinion
  • German: Punkt, Standpunkt
  • Hungarian: lényeg, szempont
  • Swedish: poäng
unit of measure of success or failure in a game or competition
  • Czech: bod
  • Dutch: punt
  • Finnish: piste
  • French: point
  • German: Punkt
  • Hebrew: נקודה
  • Hungarian: pont
  • Italian: punto
  • Slovene: točka
  • Spanish: punto
  • Swedish: poäng
extremity of an animal
  • Finnish: raaja
device by which trains change tracks
  • Dutch: wissel
  • Finnish: vaihde
  • German: Weiche
cricket: fielding position between gully and cover
position at the front or vanguard of an advancing force
  • Finnish: kärki
nautical: angle equivalent to 1/32 of a circle
  • Finnish: kompassipiiru
compass point
  • Finnish: ilmansuunta


  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.

Derived terms


to extend finger






fr-noun m
  1. point (location or place, unit of success or failure in a game or competition)
  2. full stop, period (punctuation mark)


ne ... point
  1. not
    Ne craignez point - Fear not


ne ... pas

Extensive Definition

Point can refer to:
In navigation:
  • Compass point, one of the 32 directions on a traditional compass
  • Point, one eighth of a right angle (11.25 degrees).
  • Points of sail, a sailing boat's course in relation to wind direction
In sports and games:
point in Arabic: نقطة
point in Bosnian: Tačka (čvor)
point in Bulgarian: Точка
point in Catalan: Punt
point in Danish: Punkt (flertydig)
point in German: Punkt
point in Modern Greek (1453-): Σημείο (αποσαφήνιση)
point in Spanish: Punto
point in Esperanto: Punkto
point in French: Point
point in Croatian: Točka
point in Hungarian: Pont
point in Italian: Punto
point in Dutch: Punt
point in Japanese: ポイント (曖昧さ回避)
point in Norwegian: Punkt
point in Polish: Punkt
point in Portuguese: Ponto
point in Russian: Точка (значения)
point in Slovak: Bod
point in Slovenian: Točka
point in Serbian: Тачка
point in Ukrainian: Крапка
point in Vietnamese: Điểm
point in Contenese: 點

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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