/pɔɪnt / (say poynt)

1. a sharp or tapering end, as of a dagger.
2. projecting part of anything.
3. something having a sharp or tapering end.
4. a pointed tool or instrument, as an etching needle.
5. (plural) Shearing the parts of a sheep's fleece which become its edges when shorn in one piece: stained points should be cut off.
6. a mark made as with a sharp end of something.
7. a mark of punctuation.
8. full stop.
9. a decimal point, etc.
10. a diacritical mark indicating a modification of a sound.
11. one of the embossed dots used in certain systems of writing and printing for the blind.
12. something that has position but not extension, as the intersection of two lines.
13. a place of which the position alone is considered; a spot.
14. any definite position, as in a scale, course, etc.: the boiling point.
a. each of the 32 positions indicating direction marked at the circumference of the card of a compass.
b. the interval of 11°15' between any two adjacent positions.
16. a tapering extremity of land, as a cape.
17. a degree or stage: frankness to the point of insult.
18. a particular instant of time.
19. critical position in a course of affairs.
20. a decisive state of circumstances.
21. the important or essential thing: the point of the matter.
22. an individual argument, in a coherent assemblage of such arguments: a forceful point.
23. the salient feature of a story, epigram, joke, etc.
24. a particular aim, end, or purpose: he carried his point.
25. (plural) hints or suggestions: points on getting a job.
26. a single or separate article or item, as in an extended whole; a detail or particular.
27. an individual part or element of something: noble points in her character.
28. the darker markings at the ears, legs and tails, especially of a Siamese cat but of some other breeds also: red point; chocolate point.
29. a distinguishing mark or quality, especially one of an animal, used as a standard in stockbreeding, etc.
30. blocked shoe.
31. (plural) the extremities of a horse, pig, etc.
32. a single unit, as in counting, measuring rations allowed, etc.
33. a unit of count in the score of a game.
34. Cricket
a. the position of the fielder who stands a short distance in front and to the offside of the person batting.
b. the player in this position.
35. Australian Rulesbehind (def. 13).
36. Boxing the tip of the chin.
37. Hunting the position taken by a pointer or setter when it finds game.
38. a branch of an antler of a deer.
39. one of the narrow tapering spaces marked on a backgammon board.
40. Electricity
a. either of a pair of contacts tipped with tungsten or platinum that makes or breaks current flow in a distributor in a car.
b.power point.
41. Commerce a unit of price quotation in share transactions on the stock exchange: copper advanced two points yesterday.
42. Military
a. the stroke in bayonet drill or battle.
b. a patrol or reconnaissance unit that goes ahead of the advance party of an advance guard, or follows the rear party of the rearguard.
c. a target which requires the accurate placement of bombs or fire.
43. Printing a unit of measurement equal to approximately ¹⁄₇₂ inch, or 0.35 millimetres; there are 12 points to a pica.
44. a unit of measurement of rainfall in the imperial system, equal to one hundredth of an inch or 0.254 × 10-3 m.
45. a weight of measurement for precious stones, equal to one hundredth of a carat.
46. vaccine point.
47. point lace.
48. (usually plural) Railways a device for shifting moving trains, etc., from one track to another, commonly consisting of a pair of movable rails.
49. the act of pointing.
50. any lace made by hand.
51. a tagged ribbon or cord, formerly much used in dress, as for tying or fastening parts.
verb (t)
52. to direct (the finger, a weapon, the attention, etc.) at, to, or upon something.
53. to furnish with a point or points; sharpen.
a. to mark with one or more points, dots, or the like.
b. to mark (psalms) with signs indicating how they are to be chanted.
55. to punctuate, as writing.
56. to mark (letters) with points (def. 10).
57. to place marks in (a text, as one written in a Semitic language or in shorthand) to represent the vowels.
58. Also, point off. to separate (figures) by dots or points.
59. to give point or force to (speech, action, etc.).
60. Hunting (of a pointer or setter) to indicate game by standing rigid, with the muzzle usually directed towards it.
61. to fill the joints of (brickwork, etc.) with mortar or cement, smoothed with the point of the trowel.
62. hotpoint.
verb (i)
63. to indicate position or direction, or direct attention, with or as with the finger.
64. to direct the mind or thought in some direction: everything points to his guilt.
65. to aim.
66. to have a tendency, as towards something.
67. to have a specified direction.
68. to face in a particular direction, as a building.
69. Hunting (of a pointer or setter) to point game.
70. Nautical to sail close to the wind.
71. Medicine (of an abscess) to come to a head.
72. beside the point, not relevant.
73. get points,
a. to win admiration or commendation from others (for doing something)
b. to gain an advantage.
74. give points to, to acknowledge the value of; praise.
75. in point, pertinent; relevant: the case in point.
76. in point of, as regards: in point of fact.
77. make a point, to express a personal opinion, or offer some particular item of information which supports a personal opinion or position.
78. make a point of, to consider as important; insist upon; do expressly.
79. off the point, not relevant.
80. on points, (of a ballerina wearing blocked shoes) dancing on the toes.
81. on (or upon) the point of, close to; on the verge of: on the point of dozing off.
82. point blankpoint-blank.
83. point out,
a. to indicate the presence or position of, as with the finger.
b. to direct attention to.
84. points on the board,
a. Sport points won in a competitive game.
b. successes in an enterprise, as a business venture.
85. point the bone See bone (def. 31).
86. point to, (of a website) to link to (another online location).
87. point up, to highlight.
88. score points off, Colloquial to get an advantage over.
89. stretch a point, to go beyond the usual limits: *Could you stretch a point and let me have the mattress too? –kylie tennant, 1946. {Phrase Origin: ? with reference to the lacing once used to secure clothing which had metal points at the ends to facilitate the threading. When the lacing was lengthened by stretching the points, the clothes allowed for more freedom and fullness.}
90. to the point, pertinent; relevant.
91. up to a point, not completely.
{convergence in Middle English of Old French point dot, mark, place, moment, with Old French pointe sharp end, and Old French pointer (verb)
/pɔɪnt / (say poynt) Obsolete Colloquial

verb (i)
1. to gain an unfair advantage.
2. to shirk or idle; bludge.
3. an unfair advantage.
{from the phrase to get points. See point1 (def. 73)

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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