(noun, verb)


1. a geometric element that has position but no extension

- a point is defined by its coordinates

Definition categories: thought, component, constituent, element, factor, ingredient

2. the precise location of something; a spatially limited location

- she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street

Definition categories: location

3. a brief version of the essential meaning of something

- get to the point

- he missed the point of the joke

- life has lost its point

Definition categories: communication, import, meaning, significance, signification

4. an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole

- a point of information

Similar word(s): detail, item

Definition categories: thought, fact

5. a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process

Similar word(s): degree, level, stage

Definition categories: state

6. an instant of time

- at that point I had to leave

Definition categories: time, amount, measure, quantity

7. the object of an activity

- what is the point of discussing it?

Definition categories: thought, aim, object, objective, target

8. a V shape

- the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points

Similar word(s): peak, tip

Definition categories: shape, convexity

9. a very small circular shape

- a row of points

Similar word(s): dot

Definition categories: shape, disc, disk, saucer

10. the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest

- he scored 20 points in the first half

- a touchdown counts 6 points

Definition categories: quantity, unit

11. a promontory extending out into a large body of water

- they sailed south around the point

Definition categories: object, foreland, head, headland, promontory

12. a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list

- the main point on the agenda was taken up first

Similar word(s): item

Definition categories: communication, component, constituent, part, portion

13. a style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect

Definition categories: link, relevance, relevancy

14. an outstanding characteristic

- his acting was one of the high points of the movie

Similar word(s): spot

Definition categories: attribute, characteristic

15. sharp end

- he stuck the point of the knife into a tree

- he broke the point of his pencil

Definition categories: man–made, end, terminal

16. any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass

- he checked the point on his compass

Definition categories: link, direction

17. a linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch

Definition categories: quantity

18. one percent of the total principal of a loan; it is paid at the time the loan is made and is independent of the interest on the loan

Definition categories: possession, loan

19. a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations

Similar word(s): period, stop

Definition categories: communication, punctuation

20. a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer

- the point of the arrow was due north

Similar word(s): head

Definition categories: communication, mark

21. the dot at the left of a decimal fraction

Definition categories: communication

22. the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp tip

Similar word(s): pointedness

Definition categories: attribute, taper

23. a distinguishing or individuating characteristic

- he knows my bad points as well as my good points

Definition categories: attribute, characteristic

24. the gun muzzle's direction

- he held me up at the point of a gun

Similar word(s): gunpoint

Definition categories: man–made, muzzle

25. a wall socket

Definition categories: man–made, outlet

26. a contact in the distributor; as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts them and current flows to the spark plugs

Definition categories: man–made, contact, tangency

Sentences with point as a noun:

- The Congress debated the finer points of the bill.

- There comesi 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.

- She was not feeling in good point.

- I made the point that we all had an interest to protect.

- We should meet at a pre-arranged point.

- Since the decision has already been made, I see little point in further discussion.

- Logic isn't my strong point.

- The stars showed as tiny points of yellow light.

- Possession is nine points of the law.

- The one with the most points will win the game

- 10.5 ("ten point five"; = ten and a half)

- Ship ahoy, three points off the starboard bow!

- Cut the skin with the point of the knife.

- His cowboy belt was studded with points.

- to fall off a point

- The point color of that cat was a deep, rich sable.

- tierce point

- point de Venise; Brussels point

- The dog came to a point.


1. indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively

- He pointed to the empty parking space

Similar word(s): designate, indicate, show

Definition categories: communication, inform

2. be oriented

- The weather vane points North

- the dancers toes pointed outward

Similar word(s): orient

Definition categories: stative, lie

3. direct into a position for use

- point a gun

Similar word(s): charge, level

Definition categories: competition, aim, direct, take, train

4. direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

Similar word(s): channelise, channelize, direct, guide, head, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, steer

Definition categories: motion, command, control

5. be a signal for or a symptom of

- Her behavior points to a severe neurosis

Similar word(s): bespeak, betoken, indicate, signal

Definition categories: communication, tell

6. sail close to the wind

Similar word(s): luff

Definition categories: motion, sail

7. mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics

Definition categories: contact, label, mark, tag

8. mark with diacritics

- point the letter

Definition categories: contact, label, mark, tag

9. mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes

Definition categories: contact, label, mark, tag

10. be positionable in a specified manner

- The gun points with ease

Definition categories: competition, be

11. intend (something) to move towards a certain goal

Similar word(s): aim, direct, place, target

Definition categories: competition, aim, direct, take, train

12. indicate the presence of (game) by standing and pointing with the muzzle

- the dog pointed the dead duck

Definition categories: communication, designate, indicate, point, show

13. give a point to

Similar word(s): sharpen, taper

Definition categories: change, deform

14. repair the joints of bricks

- point a chimney

Similar word(s): repoint

Definition categories: change, bushel, doctor, fix, mend, repair, restore

Sentences with point as a verb:

- It's rude to point at other people.

- The arrow of a compass points north

- The skis were pointing uphill.

- The arrow on the map points towards the entrance

- to point a gun at a wolf, or a cannon at a fort

- to point a dart, a pencil, or (figuratively) a moral

- If he asks for food, point him toward the refrigerator.

- to point a composition

- Bear off a little, we're pointing.