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point British & World English

The tapered, sharp end of a tool, weapon, or other object

the point in point British & World English

The critical or decisive moment

point1 English Thesaurus

the point of a knitting needle

point2 English Thesaurus

the ship rounded the point

ace point British & World English

The first point or division on each inner table of a backgammon board.

aim point British & World English

A point aimed at (literal or figurative); a target.

eye-point British & World English

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.

ice point British & World English

The temperature at which ice is in equilibrium with water at standard atmospheric pressure (i.e. the freezing or melting point under these conditions).

low point British & World English

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.

point-net British & World English

Simple point lace (chiefly attributive).

point set British & World English

(In acupuncture) a set of points stimulated simultaneously to treat a particular ailment or bring about a desired effect

dew point British & World English

The atmospheric temperature (varying according to pressure and humidity) below which water droplets begin to condense and dew can form

dry point British & World English

A steel needle for engraving on a bare copper plate without acid

end point British & World English

The final stage of a period or process

on point British & World English

Apposite; relevant

point bar British & World English

An alluvial deposit that forms by accretion inside an expanding loop of a river

point man British & World English

The soldier at the head of a patrol; the leader of an armed force

set point British & World English

(In tennis and other sports) a point which if won by one of the players or sides will also win them a set

tax point British & World English

The date on which value added tax becomes chargeable on a transaction

alarm point British & World English

A situation of risk or danger which triggers an alarm.

base point British & World English

The middle point of the base of a shield.

busk point British & World English

The lace and tag used to secure a busk to a corset.

Crown Point British & World English

A resort town in northeastern New York, on Lake Champlain, scene of much military action during the 18th century

East Point British & World English

A city in northwestern Georgia, south of Atlanta; population 43,418 (est. 2008)

extra point British & World English

A point awarded for a successful placekick following a touchdown.point after touchdown

hard point British & World English

A strengthened region on an aircraft where an external load, such as attached weapons or fuel tanks, is to be allowed for.

ideal point British & World English

The single point at infinity at which two parallel lines are regarded as intersecting.

Irish point British & World English

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.

minus point British & World English

A point counting against a person or thing; a negative consideration.

motor point British & World English

A point in the motor cortex which, when stimulated electrically, produces the contraction of a specific voluntary muscle or group of muscles (now rare).

near-point British & World English

The closest point to the eyes on which they can focus unaided.

null-point British & World English

A point associated with or having the value zero, or at which opposing forces cancel each other out.

Omega point British & World English

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.

pain point British & World English

= pain spot; also in extended use.

peril point British & World English

The lowest level of import duty which may be levied on a particular commodity without adversely affecting domestic production.

pitch point British & World English

The point of contact of the pitch lines of two cogwheels, gears, etc., which engage with each other.

pivot point British & World English

A pivotal point (literal and figurative); (formerly) specifically †a point of reference for a wheeling body of troops.

plot point British & World English

A particularly significant part of the plot of a work of fiction, especially a film or television drama.

plug point British & World English

An electrical socket.

point angle British & World English

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.

point block British & World English

A tower block with flats, offices, etc., built around a central lift or staircase.

point count British & World English

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.

point coupé British & World English

Lacework in which sections of the net ground are cut away and then stitched over.

point-event British & World English

An occurrence conceived of as having a definite position in space and time but no extent or duration.

point focus British & World English

A focus of a beam of light, particles, etc., which is small enough to be considered as a point.

Point Four British & World English

The fourth point of President Harry S. Truman's Fair Deal programme, which made provision for technical aid to underdeveloped countries.

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