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point

point

 
 
pronunciation:
poInt
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
beside the point, in point of, stretch a point, to the point
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the sharp end of something.
the point of the speara pencil point
synonyms:
end, nib, peak, pike, spike, tip
similar words:
apex, extremity, pinnacle, prong, tine
definition 2: a piece of land that extends into water.
synonyms:
cape, foreland, spit
similar words:
headland, peninsula, projection, promontory
definition 3: a degree or position, as on a scale.
the freezing point of alcohol
synonyms:
degree
similar words:
phase, position, stage, step
definition 4: a specific moment in time, esp. in a process or continuing activity.
We were at the point of coming to an agreement when we were interrupted.
synonyms:
edge, instant, moment, verge
similar words:
brink, degree, phase, position, second, stage
definition 5: the meaning or purpose of a statement or action.
I don't understand your point.What's the point of doing this?
synonyms:
crux, drift, gist, import, sense, significance
similar words:
bottom line, importance, intention, issue, meaning, message, nitty-gritty, object, purpose, substance, tenor
definition 6: an idea put forth for consideration.
valid points in his argument
synonyms:
issue, matter, question, subject, topic
similar words:
consideration, idea
definition 7: a particular place in space or in the world.
The train stops at many points between the two cities.
definition 8: a quality or attribute.
This horse has many good points.
synonyms:
detail, property, quality, trait
similar words:
attribute, characteristic, component, part, specific
definition 9: one of the thirty-two directions as marked on a compass.
similar words:
direction
definition 10: the punctuation mark (.); period.
synonyms:
period
similar words:
full stop
definition 11: a unit used for keeping score in certain sports.
She scored sixteen points in the basketball game.
definition 12: in education, a unit used for grading and calculating credits.
similar words:
mark, score, unit
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phrase: beside the point
phrase: in point of
phrase: stretch a point
phrase: to the point
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: pointed, pointing, points
definition 1: to aim or direct at something.
She pointed her finger at me.
synonyms:
aim, direct, level
similar words:
home, shine
definition 2: to call attention to by indicating (usu. fol. by out).
The guide pointed out many interesting buildings.I pointed out the absurdity of waiting.
synonyms:
designate, indicate, specify
similar words:
direct, note, show
definition 3: to give added emphasis to (often fol. by up).
His crazy actions pointed up the need for control.
synonyms:
emphasize, highlight, stress
similar words:
spotlight
definition 4: to fill in (masonry) with a cementing substance.
similar words:
cement, mortar
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to show direction or location, or to specify, by pointing one's finger.
The professor spoke from the podium while pointing at the blackboard.I asked what was wrong and he pointed to his foot.
 
similar words:
denote, specify
definition 2: to indicate or call attention to something, as a tendency or outcome.
The experiment pointed to a breakthrough.
synonyms:
bespeak, denote, signify
similar words:
augur, bode, imply, portend, signal, suggest
definition 3: to face in a direction.
The front of the building points northward.
synonyms:
face, front
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  • pointed:
    having a short point.
  • pointer:
    a tool for pointing at something.
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