noun The tapered, sharp end of a tool, weapon, or other object. (the point of his dagger) A dot or other punctuation mark, in particular a period. A particular spot, place, or position in an area or on a map, object, or surface. (turn left at the point where you see a sign to Apple Grove) A single item or detail in an extended discussion, list, or text. (you ignore a number of important points) (in sports and games) a mark or unit of scoring. (he scored 13 of his team's final 19 points against Houston) Each of thirty-two directions marked at equal distances around a compass. A narrow piece of land jutting out into a lake or ocean. (the boat came around the point) A unit of measurement for type sizes and spacing, which in the US and UK is one twelfth of a pica, or 0.013835 inch (0.351 mm), and in Europe is 0.015 inch (0.376 mm). (Because monitors display at different resolutions, 12-point type on one screen could approximate 14-point type on another.) Either of two areas in each attacking zone, just inside the blue line where it meets the boards. A position at the front of the court, usually manned by the guard who sets up the team's defense. Each of a set of electrical contacts in the distributor of a motor vehicle. A small leading party of an advanced guard of troops. (They were advancing slowly in three points across the Realm, wiping out anything that stood against them.) The extremities of an animal, typically a horse or cat, such as the face, paws, and tail of a Siamese cat. (a pure white dog with black points) A spot to which a straight run is made. (These marshy channels are the invariable point of any hunted boar.) A tagged piece of ribbon or cord used for lacing a garment or attaching breeches to a doublet. (He began to untruss his points.) A short piece of cord for tying up a reef in a sail. The action or position of a dog in pointing. (a bird dog on point) An important phrase or subject, especially in a contrapuntal composition. (Stokowski changes gear at points as if he decided tempos needed geared up.) another term for switch (sense 4 of the noun)
verb Direct someone's attention toward something by extending one's finger or something held in one's hand. (the boys were nudging each other and pointing at me) Cite or put forward a fact or situation as evidence of something. (he points to several factors supporting this conclusion) Extend (the toes or feet) in line with the leg by tensing the foot and ankle in such a way as to form a point. (reach up with your arms and point your toes) Fill in or repair the joints of (brickwork, a brick structure, or tiling) with smoothly finished mortar or cement. (the bricks have been poorly pointed) Give a sharp, tapered point to. (he twisted and pointed his mustache) Insert points in (written Hebrew).