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point

point

 
 
pronunciation:
poInt
parts of speech:
noun, verb
phrases:
beside the point, to the point
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the sharp end of something.
The pencil point broke when he pressed on it.
synonyms:
end, spike, tip
similar words:
apex, extremity, prong
definition 2: a piece of land that stretches out into the water.
We had a picnic on the point.
synonyms:
cape, spit
similar words:
headland, peninsula, projection, promontory
definition 3: a position or degree on a scale.
Do you know the freezing point of water?
synonyms:
degree
similar words:
phase, position, stage, step
definition 4: a particular moment in time.
She was at the point of eating dinner when the phone rang.
synonyms:
instant, moment, verge
similar words:
brink, degree, phase, position, second, stage
definition 5: the meaning or purpose of a statement or action.
What's the point of that joke?
synonyms:
sense, significance
similar words:
importance, issue, meaning, object, purpose, substance
definition 6: a special quality.
This horse has many good points.
synonyms:
detail, property, quality, trait
similar words:
attribute, characteristic, component, part
definition 7: one of the thirty-two directions as marked on a compass.
similar words:
direction
definition 8: a punctuation mark (.). It is also called a period.
synonyms:
period
definition 9: a unit used for keeping score in certain sports.
She scored sixteen points in the basketball game.
phrase: beside the point
phrase: to the point
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: pointed, pointing, points
definition 1: to aim or direct at something.
The captain pointed the sailboat into the wind.
synonyms:
aim, direct, level
similar words:
shine
definition 2: to call attention to by signaling (usually followed by "out").
The guide pointed out many interesting buildings.
synonyms:
designate, indicate
similar words:
direct, note, show
definition 3: to show direction or location by indicating with one's finger.
I pointed to the path the dog had taken.
 
similar words:
denote
Word Builder: point +
  • pointed:
    having a short point.
  • pointer:
    a tool for pointing at something.
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