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pinpoint Syllabification: pin·point
Pronunciation: /ˈpinˌpoint/

Definition of pinpoint in English:


A tiny dot or point: a pinpoint of light from a flashlight
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  • In the middle of the blackness, there was a tiny pinpoint of light.
  • As the woman made to get off the boulder she was perched upon, a tiny pinpoint of yellow light flashed upon the horizon, something which was almost invisible.
  • She felt a warm dot on her forehead, like a tiny pinpoint of light.


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1Absolutely precise; to the finest degree: this weapon fired shells with pinpoint accuracy
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  • The steering was absolutely pinpoint precise, and in the slalom test you could slide by the cones with an inch to spare very easily.
  • Its metaphors will give a detailed map of the mind and often pinpoint precise reasons for problems experienced.
  • Hamelin's pinpoint accuracy and sure-handed excellence continued in this contemplative, sprawling piece.
precise, strict, exact, meticulous, scrupulous, punctilious, accurate, careful
1.1Tiny: a pinpoint laser beam


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Find or locate exactly: one flare had pinpointed the target figurative it is difficult to pinpoint the source of his life’s inspiration
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  • As it turns out, Norm's palate was unfailing, and he had accurately pinpointed the source of his starter.
  • So Mum told her about the pages from the phone book found beside each murder victim, seemingly pinpointing the identity of the killer's next target.
  • Speaking at the scene, he said new information about the location of the youth's body had been received, pinpointing the two possible spots.
identify, determine, distinguish, discover, find, locate, detect, track down, spot, diagnose, recognize, pin down, home in on, put one's finger on

Words that rhyme with pinpoint

needlepoint • midpoint

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