Definition of pointer in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpoin(t)ər/


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1A long thin piece of metal on a scale or dial that moves to indicate a figure or position.
Example sentences
  • The expanding diaphragm moves the pointer across a scale calibrated in feet above sea level.
  • They can see how far they have moved the pointer as they go through the journey.
  • Similarly if the box becomes lighter then the spring will lift the box up and the pointer will move up the scale.
1.1A rod used for pointing to features on a map or chart.
Example sentences
  • If someone arrives with large charts and pointers, where does it stop?
  • He's got one prop, an umbrella, and his dance exhausts its every use: as a cane, a pointer, a balancer on the tightrope of a curb, a cyclotron whirling him inside a whirlwind.
  • Some star charts are drawn with the pointers to help locate objects above.
stick, rod, cane;
1.2A hint as to what might happen in the future: the figures were a pointer to gradual economic recovery
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  • Dora Carrington was well beaten by Miranda in the Heinz 57 but perhaps that winner is very special indeed and if she runs on Sunday it will be an interesting pointer to the future claims of the Ballydoyle colt.
  • Both as a pointer to the future and as a spectacle in its own right, the Championships have produced a quality of football that had at least one viewer occasionally leaping from his armchair to applaud the action.
  • Manningham Mills is a grand old reminder of Bradford's historic industrial past, but with the hard work of all involved it could and should be a pointer to a bright future for the city.
indication, indicator, clue, hint, sign, signal, evidence, intimation, inkling, suggestion
1.3A small piece of advice; a tip: here are some pointers on how to go about the task
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  • Only he's probably going to need some pointers on where all the pieces go.
  • The inspectors have commended us for those efforts and have given us a couple of useful pointers on how to continue our improvements and we are already taking action on those.
  • From a relatively old article (at least in terms of webloggia's attention-span) comes some pointers on improving design through simplicity.
tip, hint, suggestion, guideline, recommendation
1.4 Computing another term for cursor.
Example sentences
  • If you have a wheel mouse try placing the pointer in the bottom scroll bar and playing with the wheel.
  • I emailed this person back, with a screenshot of my Start menu, with the mouse pointer pointing to the Printers folder at the top of the start menu.
  • One guy called me and said he had to have a larger work desk, because he did not reach down to to left corner of the screen with his mouse pointer.
1.5 Computing A variable whose value is the address of another variable; a link.
Example sentences
  • When the queue for that link reaches a pointer in the FIFO for that data packet, it is retrieved from memory and forwarded to its destination.
  • What that metadata harvesting protocol really is fundamentally, is a way for metadata and pointers to data to migrate from one system to another.
  • These identifiers will serve as pointers to the metadata information in the local system.
2A dog of a breed that on scenting game stands rigid looking toward it.
Example sentences
  • Ann Jones takes a selection of gun dogs including springer spaniels, german pointers and Labradors for a stroll during the fair.
  • If there was one, it would be a dog, probably a pointer or a collie, and it would be trained so well it would probably die on command.
  • She said she had bred pointers and kept budgerigars and fancied something different.

Words that rhyme with pointer

anointer, appointer, jointer

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Syllabification: point·er

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