Definition of point in English:
- Small children and sharp points don't go together.
- The defendant claimed his father had had a carving knife and had become aggressive and he had felt the point of the weapon in his back.
- I dropped my tool on its point, which blunted it, so the left side is less worked and detailed than the right side.
- Four specimens appear to be products of failed attempts to create points from very thin flakes.
- At Teviec in Brittany a male burial had two flint points embedded in his spine.
- The rich material culture includes flint and bone projectile points, fishing equipment, and decorated bone and stone.
- Harry hit him on the point of his chin.
- I caught him on the point and knocked him backward.
- She concentrated hard to gather her wits, and when Frank paused, slammed a right uppercut to the point of his chin.
- There is a stuffed deer in the Nature House at the Nature Park, a small buck with two points on each antler.
- Since then the head has been examined by experts and is found to have antlers with 16 points.
- His antlers have seven points.
- Footnote numbering in the text should be placed after the full point at the end of a sentence.
- Every punctuation point had better be right.
- When elements are removed from inside a word or phrase, but nothing is taken from the end, a full point is often omitted.
- Six point nine percent, that's a nine-year high.
- I undid my seat belt and hopped out of the car in my usual two point nine seconds.
- Ninety-nine point nine percent of the people were interested and enthusiastic and the attitude was very favourable.
- The vowel is sometimes written; and at others it is expressed by the point above the consonant.
- Before the Babylonian system of punctuation was discovered, it was believed that the Tiberian system of vowel points was the only one the Jews had ever invented.
- She glanced up at the sky studded with the millions of tiny points of light not seen from the city and marveled, as always, at the vastness.
- The points of light are collected and used to reconstruct a 3D digital image.
- From that terracing came a continual glinting of points of light as innumerable cigarettes were lit.
- It said that the investigators conducted 783 tests at screening points and other areas of airport security.
- People can hand in their unused glasses and sunglasses at a number of collection points in the area.
- Being one of the highest points in the area, it is considered to be a sacred grove.
- There comes a point in the refurbishment process where the law of diminishing returns come into play.
- There are three points in this process at which learning can potentially play a role.
- From the point of conception onwards, parents are now viewed as a risk factor in their children's lives.
- When it came to the point, little economic or social and no military action was taken.
- Conversation ceases to resolve the internal contention between characters, words fail and the conflict comes to the point.
- He talks and talks, but when it comes to the point he either does nothing or he's just evasive.
- But often the outcry over the loss of a rural post office only starts when it has closed or is on the point of closing.
- The club last night appeared to be on the point of calling in the receivers.
- Relief was clear because the tour had seemed on the point of foundering.
- The company appears to be on target to hit a cashflow break-even point by the end of the year.
- The Festival reaches climax point on Sunday with something for all the family.
- The company has slipped back into the red just three months after crowing that it had reached break-even point.
- We were in a metal box with gas bottles, connected to an electrical hook-up point.
- A fast wireless access point means you can connect your laptop to the machine and roam around the house.
- The drawings also show electrical points for television equipment, speakers and telephones in the pool surround.
- The points of intersection of the three lines located the centers of mass.
- Every point on these lines has the same properties as the end-point on the N border.
- The arrow in Fig.4A denotes the point of intersection used for sensitivity analyses.
- It has already warned that the housing market is beginning to cool so the impact of the new rules is likely to be the main point of interest.
- He was reluctant to be drawn into any detailed discussion of this point.
- Bulleted lists of key points at the end of each chapter provide an excellent review for students.
- They put their ideas and points across very eloquently.
- He/she who needs to resort to violence to prove a point, has a poor argument.
- He made some very valid points in his argument.
- Surely the point is that rules and guidelines like this are to be applauded whatever the source.
- Whatever its deficiencies, the point was that it was inclusive, not divisive.
- Grant says the point is that no one knows what it's like to be Lauren or what's going on inside her head.
- There's no point in buying a new dishwasher just as you're about to move house.
- There's no point in being the most skilful player, if you can't keep yourself on the field of play.
- There is no point in moaning about it.
- I am therefore exceedingly unwilling that any thing, however slight, which my illustrious friend thought it worth his while to express, with any degree of point, should perish.
- As well as giving point to the subject, experience of algebraic representation is crucial if pupils are to understand and use precise algebraic language.
- His remarks were always full of point, clearness, and good sense.
- They may want to create rich characters that have good points as well as bad ones.
- The reception rooms, large garden and garage are likely to prove key selling points.
- The spacious master bedroom is on the top floor and should prove a key selling point.
- To score 17 points in a game, and still lose, is a very bitter pill to swallow.
- He was captain of the basketball team and set a school record by scoring 22 points in a game.
- He kicked two vital points from play when they were needed most.
- The polls had a margin of error of four percentage points.
- The figure represents an increase of 7.7 percentage points from last year.
- However, the news isn't all good: gross margins slipped by 0.3 percentage points year on year.
- Napoleon won his point that bishops and clergy should be paid salaries by the state.
- I could go on, but I think I've made my point.
- I felt then like I would never go back to work until we had won our point.
- For every special initiative they are credited with further points.
- I wouldn't let a few points off of my credit score keep me from purchasing a home.
- If she receives the required points, Deirdre hopes to study Forensic Science.
- The percentage involvement reflects a hierarchy, so the director of photography has more points than the clapper loader.
- Because he is a producer as well as an actor you can be sure he has points in the film.
- All the cast and crew will be paid when the film gets sold, and core cast and crew have points in the film should it return a profit.
- The number of cards in the suit is announced (e.g. ‘point of 5’) and it scores this number.
- If the Elder has at least four cards in a suit, he may make a declaration. For example, ‘Point of four’.
- A 100 point diamond might cost three times as much as a 50 point diamond.
- Even a one-point difference in a diamond's weight can dramatically affect its value.
- The point system provides a convenient and more impressive way of describing diamonds that are less than one carat.
- A supreme court defeat would wipe four or five points off the price of the bond in a day.
- When message boards first took off in the mid 90s, postings like that could send stock up or down several points in a day.
- It seems hard to believe that just a short year ago the Nasdaq was over 5,000 points and climbing.
- After a claim, the claiming player's tricks are exposed and the card points are counted.
- On each deal, there is a target score which depends on the number of high card points held.
- The result of the hand depends on the number of card points won by the opponents.
- Arrayed around it like points on the compass rose were sections of the house.
- It had a huge screen, curved around four seats, each facing in the way of their own compass points, it seemed.
- She licked the pad and pressed it onto the glass next to the compass point.
- The wind appeared to blow from all points of the compass at once, a trick of which Dublin winds have the secret.
- At various distances and points of the compass, he could see other men holding red and white striped poles.
- After missing a couple of early sighters, Carter kicked goals from all points of the compass.
- Passengers for points west could go through without stopping to change cars.
- He hit the road for points east.
- We would rent out our house in Ireland and use that income to explore North America, then buy a camper van and travel down to Mexico, and all points south.
- I elect to stay outside and swim round the point, making a circuit back to the boat through an archway in the cliff.
- We'll go back around the point and into that last small bight we passed on our way here.
- I'm just taking the canoe around the point for a little paddle.
- Because of the vibration of the trains passing over points, bolts may loosen slightly over time.
- The first train to pass over the points was the 7am service to Glasgow.
- The line could be extended to Skipton, and beyond, by the simple addition of a set of points at Embsay Junction.
- Because monitors display at different resolutions, 12-point type on one screen could approximate 14-point type on another.
- Using 10-point font size for the main text the printing area should be 12.2 x 19.3 cm.
- You will usually find the best fielder in the team fielding at point.
- I also field at point.
- Players noted for their agility, acceleration and throwing accuracy will often field in the infield positions such as point, cover and mid-wicket.
- Usually the players at the two points are the defensemen.
- He was robbed of what looked a certain goal when he moved in from the point was stopped by a big block.
- She skated in from her position at the point to collect a pass in the right circle.
- If the points need to be replaced you must remove the flywheel.
- The distributor should be completely dismantled and the points examined.
- I cleaned the points and the bike is now rideable.
- The dorsal stripe is the color of the horse's points.
- The mask, legs and tail should all show clear tabby markings which should be the same colour on all points.
- These marshy channels are the invariable point of any hunted boar.
- The hounds turned again, and the fox made his point which proved to be Glenn Gorse.
- The hounds made an eight mile point in a little over 45 minutes.
- My maternal grandfather was 84 when he died, having ridden a five-mile point to hounds barely six weeks before.
- There was much gnashing of teeth, as there were but eight riders with them, and it was a point of eight miles.
- Some dogs tend to exhibit signs of jealousy on seeing another dog on point.
- She exhibits classic English setter style on point with a nice running gait.
- She can hold a point for what seems like an eternity.
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- He had managed to distract the man's attention by pointing at something behind his back.
- ‘There you go, again,’ he said, his finger pointing at the pictures.
- Carol looked to see what her finger was pointing at.
- At Castle Place the Coney Island sign is pointing in the wrong direction which must be very confusing for visitors.
- They all now came down to a brown old sign that pointed in two directions.
- Consumer spending indicators are pointing down.
- ‘Back away,’ Floyd directed, pointing a large stick of chalk at Kyle.
- He is pictured pointing his weapon at his colleague.
- It is tempting to try a few long exposure shots provided you don't have an unwary fellow-guest pointing his flash light at you.
- Stand erect with feet slightly wider than shoulder width, toes pointing slightly outward.
- My feet are set about shoulder width, the toes pointed slightly outward.
- Four giant white spotlights were illuminated from the top of each gantry, pointing upwards towards the sky.
- He points to the fact that in the judgment which we have given we have not doubted the verdict of the jury.
- He pointed rightly to the fact that the business of the Company had been preserved, as had over a hundred jobs.
- His detractors have pointed at these disappointments as evidence of his shortcomings.
- It also points to the fact that work by women has been neglected on the stage of one of our foremost theatres.
- For the next few weeks at least all the directional indicators are pointing to blood in the hencoop.
- There are many facts pointing to sweeping climatic changes in the Earth's distant past.
- The Coroner, in pointing the moral, condemned the sale at hucksters' shops of cheap, pernicious cigarettes and said the case should be a warning to boys addicted to cigarette smoking.
- He points his words with barbs of humor to make them stick.
- She leant across the table and pointed her remarks with her knitting needles.
- She lay on her bed and did some exercises, stretching out her legs and feet and pointing her toes.
- From this position, flick your foot until your toes lift off the floor slightly, pointing your toes as they lift.
- Diligently pointing their feet, they march onstage and take their places at the barre.
- The brickwork was being pointed up and painters were carefully applying fresh coats of white paint to doors and lintels.
- Paddy Geraghty and myself used to point that wall when I was employed in the wood many years ago.
- Ideally you should point the brickwork after the bricks have been laid long enough for the mortar to start to set.
- Anthony would make the best devil, if we pointed his beard and gelled his hair.
- They painted by hand and pointed the tips of their brushes by moistening the tips between their lips.
- Shape the sticks into batons by shaving off the square corners and pointing the ends.
- Some manuscripts are pointed with what looks like the Land of Israel system written with Tiberian symbols.
- This variety of reading arises chiefly from the different modes of pointing the Hebrew words.
- The method of pointing the texts which was ultimately accepted was developed by a group of scholars called the Masoretes.
- Any system of pointing the psalms is bound to receive criticism, as, by its nature, it implies a subjective interpretation of the words.
- I have found this discussion very interesting with solid guidance for pointing the psalms and choosing psalm tones.
- This effect probably owes something to her experience of churchgoing, from which she would have learnt the Anglican practice of ‘pointing’ psalms.
- The judges will not only base their classification on the number of times a dog points game, but rather on the overall quality of the points.
- If one dog points game the other dog must back the first dog.
- Both dogs found and pointed a group of about seven or eight birds.
at all points
beside (or off) the point
- Irrelevant: Eliot’s arguments are wholly beside the pointMore example sentences
irrelevant, immaterial, unimportant, not to the point, neither here nor there, nothing to do with it, not pertinent, not germane, off the subject, inapposite, inconsequential, incidental, pointless, out of place, wide of the mark, unconnected, peripheral, tangential, extraneous, extrinsic
- But any such intuition is utterly beside the point, irrelevant as well as impolite.
- The case naturally provoked a lot of commentary, much of it beside the point.
- What happens to the fans in a particular city is beside the point.
case in point
- An instance or example that illustrates what is being discussed: the ‘green revolution’ in agriculture is a good case in pointMore example sentences
- What is now happening on the Shankill Road is a classic example of the case in point.
- The Royal Museum that houses the first cloned sheep named Dolly, the National Gallery of Scotland along with quite a few national museums are paradigmatic cases in point.
- Alas, this principle is applied more generally as governments assume control of the delivery or standard of services of one sort or another: currently the National Health Service and the railways are cases in point.
in point of fact
- see fact.
make one's point
- Put across a proposition clearly and convincingly: he sat back, satisfied he had made his pointMore example sentences
- And I think that they make their point very clearly.
- Perhaps, if he had reverted to the Irish language, he might have been able to make his point more clearly.
- But I must not have made my point clearly, because the sense in which he offers the statement is different from what I mean.
make a point of
- Make a special and noticeable effort to do (a specified thing): she made a point of taking a walk each dayMore example sentences
make an effort to, go out of one's way to, put/place emphasis on
- They're making a point of what kind of clothes he wears.
- The driver will invariably be making a point of not seeing the pedestrian, sometimes even turning the head away to look at the opposite side of the road.
- Now there are the rest of you who are making a point of not voting.
- chiefly US Apposite; relevant: his review of the album was right on pointMore example sentences
- It pays off to go on the road and play the newer songs live, because the entire set made up from both albums sounded tight and on point.
- So the viewer's idea is right on point, and it's my understanding from the releases we have seen that that's one of the first things the police looked into.
- To uneducated listeners, that could sound right on point.
point the finger
- Openly accuse someone or apportion blame: I hope that the committee will point the finger at the real culpritsMore example sentences
- He said he wasn't pointing the finger of blame at Council officials or anyone else, just saying there was a problem there and it was the Council's responsibility to address it.
- And the would-be organiser is pointing the finger of blame firmly at ‘anti-royalist’ members of Rochdale Council.
- According to the psychologists involved parents are taught to explain to their children how their behaviour affects other people rather than pointing the finger of blame at them.
the point of no return
- The point in a journey or enterprise at which it becomes essential or more practical to continue to the end rather than turn back.Example sentences
- One of the biggest problems in American culture is our society's tendency to embrace youth and glamorize youth to the point of no return, in the same breath.
- With the policies of pre-emption being much debated, perhaps it is unfashionable to bring up a crisis that is rapidly reaching the point of no return.
- The world economy, it seems, has by now passed the point of no return, and we are set upon the road to a single integrated global economy, regardless of the wishes of governments and citizens.
point of sailing
take someone's point
- chiefly British Accept the validity of someone’s idea or argument.Example sentences
- Everybody expected Davis to take his point but the youngster had other ideas and blasted to the net to leave the Rags victorious.
- I take your point that this is not a definition of art, but it's a working definition of art.
- I take your point that neither is mutually exclusive, but recognising that neither is mandatory on a particular police service, in that context, should we not just go for best practice, if it is not mandatory in any event?
to the point
- Relevant: his evidence was brief and to the pointMore example sentences
- The chapters are brief and to the point, making the book easy to read, and to put down and pick up.
- If the safety of teenage girls is the objective, then money spent on taxis home is more to the point.
- More to the point, if I made a copy of a cassette, the copy would be inferior to the original.
up to a point
- To some extent but not completely.Example sentences
- I think it is important that they have a different vision of how America advances its goals in the world, up to a point.
- He said the council would cover a shortfall - up to a point.
- The cars are more experienced at aiming to miss cyclists than you are at aiming to miss cars, trust the local drivers - up to a point.
win on points
- Boxing Win by scoring more points than one’s opponent (as awarded by the judges and/or the referee) rather than by a knockout.Example sentences
- All three judges controversially saw the former winning on points - a verdict the latter has always refused to accept.
- A mind-blowing battle ended with a deserved Frazier win on points.
- He could not win by a knockout, he could not win on points against the tireless Darcy assault, all he could do was dig in and try to survive for 20 rounds.
point something out
- Direct someone’s gaze or attention towards, especially by extending one’s finger: I pointed out a conical heap of stonesMore example sentences
- He only survived because he was swept into a ditch and a man spotted him and pointed out a route to safety.
- One would be hard pressed to point out a single fat man among these thousands.
- As they drove, she played tour guide and pointed out spots of interest in Dover.
- [reporting verb]1.1 Say something to make someone aware of a fact or circumstance: [with clause]: she pointed out that his van had been in the car park all day [with direct speech]: ‘Most of the people round here are very poor,’ I pointed outMore example sentences
- She points out that he disappeared for 14 years without saying a word to Sharon.
- As Councillor Ralph Berry rightly points out, vandalism can knock the heart out of a community.
- He points out that one very important aspect of his training for his new job was in customer care.
point something up
- Reveal the true nature or importance of something: he did so much to point up their plight in the 1960sMore example sentences
- If you notice anything very funny when around and about, or write something that you think deserves consideration for the award, then do feel free to point it up to me.
- Whenever any important motif appears, he points it up almost pedantically.
- Unfortunately, those differences were not pointed up by the authors or editor.
Middle English: the noun partly from Old French point, from Latin punctum 'something that is pricked', giving rise to the senses 'unit, mark, point in space or time'; partly from Old French pointe, from Latin puncta 'pricking', giving rise to the senses 'sharp tip, promontory'. The verb is from Old French pointer, and in some senses from the English noun.
Most senses of point ultimately derive from Latin punctum ‘a small hole made by pricking’, giving rise to the meanings ‘unit, mark, point in space or time’, from pungere ‘to pierce or prick’. From the same source are punctuation (mid 16th century) which makes small marks on the text; punctual (Late Middle English) arriving at the right point in time; punctilious (mid 17th century) attending to the small points in behaviour; and puncture (Late Middle English) a small hole. A boxer wins on points (late 19th century) when he wins because the referee and judges have awarded him more points than his opponent, rather than by a knockout. The point of no return (mid 20th century) is the point in a flight at which it is impossible for an aircraft to return to its point of departure because of lack of fuel and so it has no choice but to continue. Thus it can also be the point at which you are committed to a course of action and must continue to the end. To refuse or ask about something point-blank (late 16th century) is to do so directly or abruptly and without explanation. The phrase literally describes a shot or bullet fired from very close to its target, blank being used here in the old sense of ‘the white spot in the centre of a target’. If you aim or point a gun directly at the centre of the target, you need to be sufficiently close for the bullet still to be travelling horizontally (rather than starting to follow a downward trajectory) as it hits the spot. The more general meaning arose as far back as the 1650s. See also poignant
Words that rhyme with pointanoint, appoint, conjoint, joint, outpoint, point-to-point
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