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definition of the word point

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< Middle English point < Old French point (a point, dot, full stop, period, speck, hole, stitch, point of time, moment, difficulty, etc.) < Latin punctum (a point, puncture), prop. a hole punched in, neut. of punctus, pp. of pungere (to prick, punch)



point (plural points)

  1. A location or place.
    We should meet at a pre-arranged point.
  2. (geometry) 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. (backgammon) One of the twelve triangular positions in either table of a backgammon board, on which the stones are played.
  7. (arithmetic) 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.
    David made a valuable point about the strengths of our competitors.
  9. (gaming) 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. (cricket) 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. (nautical) 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. (typography) 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).

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