point


point
[[t]pɔ͟ɪnt[/t]]
points, pointing, pointed
1) N-COUNT You use point to refer to something that someone has said or written.

We disagree with every point Mr Blunkett makes...

Dave Hill's article makes the right point about the Taylor Report...

The following tale will clearly illustrate this point.

2) N-SING: a N, poss N If you say that someone has a point, or if you take their point, you mean that you accept that what they have said is important and should be considered.

`If he'd already killed once, surely he'd have killed Sarah?' She had a point there...

Oh I take your point, John, about that.

3) N-SING: the N The point of what you are saying or discussing is the most important part that provides a reason or explanation for the rest.

`Did I ask you to talk to me?' - `That's not the point.'...

The American Congress and media mostly missed the point about all this.

4) N-SING: usu N of/in n/-ing If you ask what the point of something is, or say that there is no point in it, you are indicating that a particular action has no purpose or would not be useful.

What was the point of thinking about him?...

There was no point in staying any longer.

5) N-COUNT: usu with supp A point is a detail, aspect, or quality of something or someone.

Many of the points in the report are correct...

The most interesting point about the village was its religion...

Science was never my strong point at school.

6) N-COUNT A point is a particular place or position where something happens.

As a mark of respect the emperor met him at a point several weeks' march from the capital...

The pain originated from a point in his right thigh.

Syn:
7) N-SING: with supp, oft at N You use point to refer to a particular time, or to a particular stage in the development of something.

We're all going to die at some point...

At one point, around 70,000 members had failed to pay...

At this point Diana arrived...

It got to the point where he had to leave.

Syn:
8) N-COUNT: oft N of n The point of something such as a pin, needle, or knife is the thin, sharp end of it.
9) In spoken English, you use point to refer to the dot or mark in a decimal number that separates the whole numbers from the fractions.

This is FM stereo one oh three point seven...

Inflation at nine point four percent is the worst for eight years.

10) N-COUNT In some sports, competitions, and games, a point is one of the single marks that are added together to give the total score.

They lost the 1977 World Cup final to Australia by a single point...

Chamberlain scored 50 or more points four times in the season.

11) N-COUNT: usu with supp The points of the compass are directions such as North, South, East, and West.

Sightseers arrived from all points of the compass.

12) N-PLURAL On a railway track, the points are the levers and rails at a place where two tracks join or separate. The points enable a train to move from one track to another. [BRIT]

...the rattle of the wheels across the points.

(in AM, use switch)
13) N-COUNT: usu supp N A point is an electric socket. [BRIT]

...too far away from the nearest electrical point.

14) VERB If you point at a person or thing, you hold out your finger towards them in order to make someone notice them.

[V at n] I pointed at the boy sitting nearest me...

[V at n] He pointed at me with the stem of his pipe...

[V to n] He pointed to a chair, signalling for her to sit.

15) VERB If you point something at someone, you aim the tip or end of it towards them.

[V n at n] David Khan pointed his finger at Mary...

[V n at n] A man pointed a gun at them and pulled the trigger.

16) VERB If something points to a place or points in a particular direction, it shows where that place is or it faces in that direction.

[V prep/adv] An arrow pointed to the toilets...

[V prep/adv] You can go anywhere and still the compass points north or south...

[V prep/adv] He controlled the car until it was pointing forwards again.

17) VERB If something points to a particular situation, it suggests that the situation exists or is likely to occur.

[V to n] Earlier reports pointed to pupils working harder, more continuously, and with enthusiasm...

[V to n] Private polls and embassy reports pointed to a no vote.

Syn:
18) VERB If you point to something that has happened or that is happening, you are using it as proof that a particular situation exists.

[V to n] George Fodor points to other weaknesses in the way the campaign has progressed...

[V to n] Gooch last night pointed to their bowling as the key to World Cup success.

Syn:
call attention
19) VERB: V n When builders point a wall, they put a substance such as cement into the gaps between the bricks or stones in order to make the wall stronger and seal it.
20) See also , breaking point, , power point, , vantage point
21) PHRASE: v-link PHR If you say that something is beside the point, you mean that it is not relevant to the subject that you are discussing.

Brian didn't like it, but that was beside the point.

Syn:
22) PHRASE: V inflects When someone comes to the point or gets to the point, they start talking about the thing that is most important to them.

He came to the point at once. `You did a splendid job on this case.'...

Was she ever going to get to the point?

23) PHRASE: V inflects If you make your point or prove your point, you prove that something is true, either by arguing about it or by your actions or behaviour.

I think you've made your point, dear...

Dr David McCleland, of Boston University, studied one-hundred people, aged eighteen to sixty, to prove the point...

The tie-break proved the point.

24) PHRASE: V inflects, PHR -ing If you make a point of doing something, you do it in a very deliberate or obvious way.

She made a point of spending as much time as possible away from Osborne House.

25) PHRASE: v-link PHR n/-ing If you are on the point of doing something, you are about to do it.

He was on the point of saying something when the phone rang...

She looked on the point of tears.

Syn:
on the verge of
26) PHRASE: v-link PHR Something that is to the point is relevant to the subject that you are discussing, or expressed neatly without wasting words or time.

Mr. Baker was smiling and to the point...

The description which he had been given was brief and to the point.

27) PHRASE: PHR with cl If you say that something is true up to a point, you mean that it is partly but not completely true.

`Was she good?' - `Mmm. Up to a point.'...

It worked up to a point.

28) a case in pointsee case
in point of factsee fact
to point the finger at someone → see finger
a sore pointsee sore
Phrasal Verbs:

English dictionary. 2008.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • point — 1. (poin ; le t se lie : un poin t important ; au pluriel, l s se lie : des points z importants) s. m. 1°   Douleur qui point, qui pique. 2°   Piqûre que l on fait dans l étoffe avec une aiguille enfilée d un fil. 3°   Nom donné à certains… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Point — Point, n. [F. point, and probably also pointe, L. punctum, puncta, fr. pungere, punctum, to prick. See {Pungent}, and cf. {Puncto}, {Puncture}.] 1. That which pricks or pierces; the sharp end of anything, esp. the sharp end of a piercing… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Point — may refer to the following: Contents 1 Business and finance 2 Engineering 3 Entertainment …   Wikipedia

  • point — [point] n. [OFr, dot, prick < L punctum, dot, neut. of punctus, pp. of pungere, to prick (< IE base * peuĝ , *peuk̑, to prick, jab > Ger fichte, spruce tree, L pugil, boxer, pugnus, fist); also < OFr pointe, sharp end < ML puncta… …   English World dictionary

  • Point — hat verschiedene Urspünge: Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Bedeutung im Deutschen 2 Verwendung in Begriffen französischen und englischen Ursprungs 3 Einzelnachweise 4 Si …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • point — n 1: a particular detail, proposition, or issue of law; specif: point of error 2: any of various incremental units used in measuring, fixing, or calculating something: as a: a unit used in calculating a sentence by various factors (as aggravating …   Law dictionary

  • point — ► NOUN 1) the tapered, sharp end of a tool, weapon, or other object. 2) a particular spot, place, or moment. 3) an item, detail, or idea in a discussion, text, etc. 4) (the point) the most significant or relevant factor or element. 5) advantage… …   English terms dictionary

  • point — Point, ou Poinct, Sermoni vernaculo additur ad maiorem negationis expressionem. Je n iray point, id est, Non ibo, quasi dicas, Ne punctum quidem progrediar vt eam illo. Il n y est poinct, id est, Non est illic, quasi illius ne punctum quidem ibi… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Point — (point), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pointed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pointing}.] [Cf. F. pointer. See {Point}, n.] 1. To give a point to; to sharpen; to cut, forge, grind, or file to an acute end; as, to point a dart, or a pencil. Used also figuratively; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Point — 〈[ poɛ̃:] m. 6〉 1. 〈Kart.〉 Stich 2. 〈Würfelspiel〉 Auge [frz., „Punkt“ <lat. punctum, „Punkt, Stich“] * * * Point [po̯ɛ̃: ], der; s, s [frz. point < lat. punctum, ↑ Punkt]: 1. a) …   Universal-Lexikon

  • point — [n1] speck bit, count, dot, fleck, flyspeck, full stop, iota, mark, minim, mite, mote, notch, particle, period, scrap, stop, tittle, trace; concepts 79,831 point [n2] specific location locality, locus, place, position, site, situation, spot,… …   New thesaurus