The tapered, sharp end of a tool, weapon, or other object
The critical or decisive moment
the point of a knitting needle
the ship rounded the point
The first point or division on each inner table of a backgammon board.
A point aimed at (literal or figurative); a target.
A point in front of a picture where an observer's eye is assumed or expected to be placed; (also) the point where a perpendicular from an observer's eye meets the plane of a picture. Also in extended use. Now historical.
The temperature at which ice is in equilibrium with water at standard atmospheric pressure (i.e. the freezing or melting point under these conditions).
The worst state of, or lowest level reached by, something; the nadir; (also) the least interesting, enjoyable, commendable, etc., part or moment of something; frequently, especially in early use, with of.
Simple point lace (chiefly attributive).
(In acupuncture) a set of points stimulated simultaneously to treat a particular ailment or bring about a desired effect
The atmospheric temperature (varying according to pressure and humidity) below which water droplets begin to condense and dew can form
A steel needle for engraving on a bare copper plate without acid
The final stage of a period or process
An alluvial deposit that forms by accretion inside an expanding loop of a river
The soldier at the head of a patrol; the leader of an armed force
(In tennis and other sports) a point which if won by one of the players or sides will also win them a set
The date on which value added tax becomes chargeable on a transaction
A situation of risk or danger which triggers an alarm.
The middle point of the base of a shield.
The lace and tag used to secure a busk to a corset.
A resort town in northeastern New York, on Lake Champlain, scene of much military action during the 18th century
A city in northwestern Georgia, south of Atlanta; population 43,418 (est. 2008)
A point awarded for a successful placekick following a touchdown.point after touchdown
A strengthened region on an aircraft where an external load, such as attached weapons or fuel tanks, is to be allowed for.
The single point at infinity at which two parallel lines are regarded as intersecting.
A kind of point lace from Ireland, originally worked in imitation of Brussels lace, typically with floral designs, especially that made in the convent of Youghal in Cork in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; also known as Curragh lace, Curragh point.
= point mass.
A point counting against a person or thing; a negative consideration.
A point in the motor cortex which, when stimulated electrically, produces the contraction of a specific voluntary muscle or group of muscles (now rare).
The closest point to the eyes on which they can focus unaided.
A point associated with or having the value zero, or at which opposing forces cancel each other out.
Theology. With reference to the writings of P. Teilhard de Chardin: a hypothesized end to evolutionary development in which all sentient life will converge into a supreme consciousness; God or Christ as this final end. Also more widely: a final purpose, an end.
= pedal point.
= pain spot; also in extended use.
The lowest level of import duty which may be levied on a particular commodity without adversely affecting domestic production.
The point of contact of the pitch lines of two cogwheels, gears, etc., which engage with each other.
A pivotal point (literal and figurative); (formerly) specifically †a point of reference for a wheeling body of troops.
A particularly significant part of the plot of a work of fiction, especially a film or television drama.
An electrical socket.
The angle at a vertex of a solid body; specifically (a) the angle between two diametrically opposite edges or surfaces at the tip of a tool; (b) Dentistry the angle formed at the junction of three tooth surfaces or three cavity walls.
A tower block with flats, offices, etc., built around a central lift or staircase.
The number of points allocated to a card or hand as an index of its strength; one of various different systems for evaluating the strength of a hand in terms of points.
Lacework in which sections of the net ground are cut away and then stitched over.
An occurrence conceived of as having a definite position in space and time but no extent or duration.
A focus of a beam of light, particles, etc., which is small enough to be considered as a point.
The fourth point of President Harry S. Truman's Fair Deal programme, which made provision for technical aid to underdeveloped countries.