noun The tapered, sharp end of a tool, weapon, or other object. (the point of his dagger) A dot or other punctuation mark, in particular a full stop. A particular spot, place, or position in an area or on a map, object, or surface. (turn left at the point where you see a sign to Appleford) A single item or detail in an extended discussion, list, or text. (the main points of the Edinburgh agreement) (in sports and games) a mark or unit of scoring awarded for success or performance. (he kicked a penalty goal to put Bangor eight points ahead) Each of thirty-two directions marked at equal distances round a compass. A narrow piece of land jutting out into the sea. (the boat came round the point) A junction of two railway lines, with a pair of linked tapering rails that can be moved laterally to allow a train to pass from one line to the other. (the train gave a lurch as it passed over the points) A unit of measurement for type sizes and spacing (in the UK and US 0.351 mm, in Europe 0.376 mm). (Because monitors display at different resolutions, 12-point type on one screen could approximate 14-point type on another.) A fielding position on the off side near the batsman. (in a motor vehicle) each of a set of electrical contacts in the distributor. A small leading party of an advanced guard of troops. (They were advancing slowly in three points across the Realm, wiping out anything that stood against them.) The extremities of an animal, typically a horse or cat, such as the face, paws, and tail of a Siamese cat. (a pure white dog with black points) A spot to which a straight run is made. (These marshy channels are the invariable point of any hunted boar.) A tagged piece of ribbon or cord used for lacing a garment or attaching a hose to a doublet. (He began to untruss his points.) A short piece of cord at the lower edge of a sail for tying up a reef. The action or position of a dog in pointing. (a bird dog on point) An important phrase or subject, especially in a contrapuntal composition. (Stokowski changes gear at points as if he decided tempos needed geared up.)
verb Direct someone's attention towards something by extending one's finger or something held in one's hand. (the lads were nudging each other and pointing at me) Cite a fact or situation as evidence of something. (he points to several factors supporting this conclusion) Extend (the toes or feet) in line with the leg by tensing the foot and ankle in such a way as to form a point. (reach up with your arms and point your toes) Fill the joints of (brickwork or masonry) with smoothly finished mortar. (the bricks have been poorly pointed) Give a sharp, tapered point to. (he twisted and pointed his moustache) Insert points in (written text of Semitic languages).