Point Definition

Define what is Point?

1. point (noun)

a geometric element that has position but no extension.

  • a point is defined by its coordinates.
Hypernyms

component, element, factor, ingredient, constituent noun
an abstract part of something.

Hyponyms

attracter, attractor noun
(physics) a point in the ideal multidimensional phase space that is used to describe a system toward which the system tends to evolve regardless of the starting conditions of the system.

intersection, intersection point, point of intersection noun
a point where lines intersect.

intercept noun
the point at which a line intersects a coordinate axis.

2. point, indicate, designate, show (verb)

indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively.

  • I showed the customer the glove section.
  • He pointed to the empty parking space.
  • he indicated his opponents.
Synonyms: indicate, designate, show
Hypernyms

inform verb
impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to.

Hyponyms

point verb
indicate the presence of (game) by standing and pointing with the muzzle.

finger verb
indicate the fingering for the playing of musical scores for keyboard instruments.

call attention, point out, signalise, signalize verb
point out carefully and clearly.

reflect verb
manifest or bring back.

3. point (noun)

the precise location of something; a spatially limited location.

  • she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street.
Hypernyms

location noun
a point or extent in space.

Hyponyms

punctum noun
(anatomy) a point or small area.

optic disc, optic disk, blind spot noun
the point where the optic nerve enters the retina; not sensitive to light.

belly button, bellybutton, navel, omphalos, omphalus, umbilicus noun
a scar where the umbilical cord was attached.

McBurney's point noun
a point one third of the way along a line drawn from the hip to the umbilicus; the point of maximum sensitivity in acute appendicitis.

node noun
(physics) the point of minimum displacement in a periodic system.

antinode noun
(physics) the point of maximum displacement in a periodic system.

origin, source, root, rootage, beginning noun
the place where something begins, where it springs into being.

celestial point noun
a point in the heavens (on the celestial sphere).

midpoint, Centre, center noun
a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure.

crinion, trichion noun
point where the hairline meets the midpoint of the forehead.

chokepoint noun
a point of congestion or blockage.

corner noun
the point where two lines meet or intersect.

crossing noun
a point where two lines (paths or arcs etc.) intersect.

focus noun
a fixed reference point on the concave side of a conic section.

geographic point, geographical point noun
a point on the surface of the Earth.

ground zero noun
the point of detonation (or above or below) of a nuclear weapon.

hot spot, hotspot noun
a point of relatively intense heat or radiation.

midair noun
some point in the air; above ground level.

abutment noun
point of contact between two objects or parts.

position, place noun
the particular portion of space occupied by something.

position noun
the appropriate or customary location.

pressure point noun
any of several points on the body where the pulse can be felt and where pressure on an underlying artery will control bleeding from that artery at a more distal point.

military position, position noun
a point occupied by troops for tactical reasons.

corner noun
the point where three areas or surfaces meet or intersect.

place, spot, topographic point noun
a point located with respect to surface features of some region.

vanishing point noun
the point beyond which something disappears or ceases to exist.

focal point, focus noun
a point of convergence of light (or other radiation) or a point from which it diverges.

hilum noun
the scar on certain seeds marking its point of attachment to the funicle.

nidus, focal point, focus noun
a central point or locus of an infection in an organism.

4. Orient, point (verb)

be oriented.

  • The weather vane points North.
  • the dancers toes pointed outward.
Synonyms: Orient
Hypernyms

Lie verb
be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position.

5. point (noun)

a brief version of the essential meaning of something.

  • get to the point.
  • he missed the point of the joke.
  • life has lost its point.
Hypernyms

meaning, signification, import, significance noun
the message that is intended or expressed or signified.

Hyponyms

bottom line noun
the decisive point.

crux of the matter, Crux noun
the most important point.

rallying point noun
a point or principle on which scattered or opposing groups can come together.

talking point noun
an especially persuasive point helping to support an argument or discussion.

6. point, level, charge (verb)

direct into a position for use.

  • point a gun.
  • He charged his weapon at me.
Synonyms: level, charge
Hypernyms

aim, take aim, train, direct, take verb
point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards.

7. channelise, maneuver, guide, channelize, steer, manoeuver, manoeuvre, point, head, direct (verb)

direct the course; determine the direction of travelling.

    Hypernyms

    control, command verb
    exercise authoritative control or power over.

    Hyponyms

    dock verb
    maneuver into a dock.

    sheer verb
    cause to sheer.

    pull over verb
    steer a vehicle to the side of the road.

    helm verb
    be at or take the helm of.

    Crab verb
    direct (an aircraft) into a crosswind.

    navigate verb
    direct carefully and safely.

    stand out verb
    steer away from shore, of ships.

    starboard verb
    turn to the right, of helms or rudders.

    conn verb
    conduct or direct the steering of a ship or plane.

    navigate, pilot verb
    act as the navigator in a car, plane, or vessel and plan, direct, plot the path and position of the conveyance.

    canalise, canalize, channel verb
    direct the flow of.

    Tree, corner verb
    force a person or an animal into a position from which he cannot escape.

    Park verb
    maneuver a vehicle into a parking space.

    8. detail, item, point (noun)

    an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole.

    • several of the details are similar.
    • a point of information.
    Synonyms: detail, item
    Hypernyms

    fact noun
    a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred.

    Hyponyms

    minutia noun
    a small or minor detail.

    nook and cranny, nooks and crannies noun
    something remote.

    regard, respect noun
    (usually preceded by `in') a detail or point.

    sticking point noun
    a point at which an impasse arises in progress toward an agreement or a goal.

    technicality, trifle, triviality noun
    a detail that is considered insignificant.

    9. bespeak, betoken, indicate, signal, point (verb)

    be a signal for or a symptom of.

    • These symptoms indicate a serious illness.
    • Her behavior points to a severe neurosis.
    • The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued.
    Hypernyms

    Tell verb
    let something be known.

    Hyponyms

    augur, auspicate, presage, bode, foreshadow, omen, portend, prefigure, predict, prognosticate, betoken, forecast, foretell verb
    indicate by signs.

    Mark verb
    designate as if by a mark.

    10. degree, stage, level, point (noun)

    a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process.

    • a remarkable degree of frankness.
    • at what stage are the social sciences?.
    Synonyms: degree, stage, level
    Hypernyms

    State noun
    the way something is with respect to its main attributes.

    Hyponyms

    ladder noun
    ascending stages by which somebody or something can progress.

    acme, tiptop, Meridian, summit, superlative, pinnacle, height, elevation, peak, top noun
    the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development.

    extent noun
    the point or degree to which something extends.

    resultant, end point noun
    the final point in a process.

    standard of life, standard of living noun
    a level of material comfort in terms of goods and services available to someone or some group.

    plane noun
    a level of existence or development.

    state of the art noun
    the highest degree of development of an art or technique at a particular time.

    ultimacy, ultimateness noun
    the state or degree of being ultimate; the final or most extreme in degree or size or time or distance,.

    quickening noun
    the stage of pregnancy at which the mother first feels the movements of the fetus.

    climax noun
    the most severe stage of a disease.

    11. point in time, point (noun)

    an instant of time.

    • at that point I had to leave.
    Synonyms: point in time
    Hypernyms

    quantity, measure, amount noun
    how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify.

    Hyponyms

    distance noun
    a remote point in time.

    particular date, date noun
    a particular but unspecified point in time.

    deadline noun
    the point in time at which something must be completed.

    arrival time, time of arrival noun
    the time at which a public conveyance is scheduled to arrive at a given destination.

    departure time, time of departure noun
    the time at which a public conveyance is scheduled to depart from a given point of origin.

    midterm noun
    middle of an academic term or a political term in office.

    full term, term noun
    the end of gestation or point at which birth is imminent.

    midterm noun
    the middle of the gestation period.

    moment, instant, minute, second noun
    a particular point in time.

    run-time noun
    the time at which a (software or multimedia) program is run.

    starting time, showtime, outset, offset, get-go, commencement, kickoff, start, beginning, first noun
    the time at which something is supposed to begin.

    middle noun
    time between the beginning and the end of a temporal period.

    end, ending noun
    the point in time at which something ends.

    phase angle, phase noun
    a particular point in the time of a cycle; measured from some arbitrary zero and expressed as an angle.

    show time noun
    the point in time at which an entertainment (a movie or television show etc.) is scheduled to begin.

    then noun
    that time; that moment.

    12. luff, point (verb)

    sail close to the wind.

      Synonyms: luff
      Hypernyms

      sail verb
      travel on water propelled by wind.

      13. point (noun)

      the object of an activity.

      • what is the point of discussing it?.
      Hypernyms

      objective, aim, object, target noun
      the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable).

      14. point (verb)

      mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics.

        Hypernyms

        Mark, tag, label verb
        attach a tag or label to.

        15. tip, peak, point (noun)

        a V shape.

        • the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points.
        Synonyms: tip, peak
        Hypernyms

        convex shape, convexity noun
        a shape that curves or bulges outward.

        Hyponyms

        widow's peak noun
        a V-shaped point in the hairline in the middle of the forehead.

        cusp noun
        small elevation on the grinding surface of a tooth.

        head noun
        the tip of an abscess (where the pus accumulates).

        16. point (verb)

        mark with diacritics.

        • point the letter.
        Hypernyms

        Mark, tag, label verb
        attach a tag or label to.

        17. DoT, point (noun)

        a very small circular shape.

        • a row of points.
        • draw lines between the dots.
        Synonyms: DoT
        Hypernyms

        disk, saucer, disc noun
        something with a round shape resembling a flat circular plate.

        18. point (verb)

        mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes.

          Hypernyms

          Mark, tag, label verb
          attach a tag or label to.

          19. point (verb)

          be positionable in a specified manner.

          • The gun points with ease.
          Hypernyms

          Be verb
          have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun).

          20. point (noun)

          the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest.

          • he scored 20 points in the first half.
          • a touchdown counts 6 points.
          Hypernyms

          unit, unit of measurement noun
          any division of quantity accepted as a standard of measurement or exchange.

          Hyponyms

          extra point, point after, point after touchdown noun
          in American football a point awarded for a successful place kick following a touchdown.

          advantage noun
          (tennis) first point scored after deuce.

          set point noun
          (tennis) the final point needed to win a set in tennis.

          match point noun
          (tennis) the final point needed to win a match (especially in tennis).

          21. target, direct, aim, place, point (verb)

          intend (something) to move towards a certain goal.

          • He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face.
          • criticism directed at her superior.
          • direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself.
          Synonyms: target, direct, aim, place
          Hypernyms

          aim, take aim, train, direct, take verb
          point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards.

          Hyponyms

          address verb
          direct a question at someone.

          home in, range in, zero in verb
          direct onto a point or target, especially by automatic navigational aids.

          22. point (noun)

          a promontory extending out into a large body of water.

          • they sailed south around the point.
          Hypernyms

          foreland, headland, promontory, head noun
          a natural elevation (especially a rocky one that juts out into the sea).

          23. point (verb)

          indicate the presence of (game) by standing and pointing with the muzzle.

          • the dog pointed the dead duck.
          Hypernyms

          point, indicate, designate, show verb
          indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively.

          24. item, point (noun)

          a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list.

          • he noticed an item in the New York Times.
          • she had several items on her shopping list.
          • the main point on the agenda was taken up first.
          Synonyms: item
          Hypernyms

          component part, part, portion, component, constituent noun
          something determined in relation to something that includes it.

          Hyponyms

          agenda item noun
          one of the items to be considered.

          incidental noun
          an item that is incidental.

          inventory item noun
          an item listed in an inventory.

          line item noun
          an item in an appropriation bill.

          news item noun
          an item in a newspaper.

          position, place noun
          an item on a list or in a sequence.

          25. point (noun)

          a style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect.

            Hypernyms

            relevance, relevancy noun
            the relation of something to the matter at hand.

            26. taper, sharpen, point (verb)

            give a point to.

            • The candles are tapered.
            Synonyms: taper, sharpen
            Hypernyms

            change form, change shape, deform verb
            assume a different shape or form.

            Hyponyms

            acuminate verb
            make sharp or acute; taper; make (something) come to a point.

            27. spot, point (noun)

            an outstanding characteristic.

            • his acting was one of the high points of the movie.
            Synonyms: spot
            Hypernyms

            characteristic noun
            a distinguishing quality.

            28. repoint, point (verb)

            repair the joints of bricks.

            • point a chimney.
            Synonyms: repoint
            Hypernyms

            bushel, fix, furbish up, mend, repair, Doctor, touch on, restore verb
            restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken.

            29. point (noun)

            sharp end.

            • he stuck the point of the knife into a tree.
            • he broke the point of his pencil.
            Hypernyms

            end, terminal noun
            either extremity of something that has length.

            Hyponyms

            arrowhead noun
            the pointed head or striking tip of an arrow.

            barb noun
            a subsidiary point facing opposite from the main point that makes an arrowhead or spear hard to remove.

            barb noun
            the pointed part of barbed wire.

            cusp noun
            point formed by two intersecting arcs (as from the intrados of a Gothic arch).

            diamond point noun
            a very hard small point made from a diamond.

            nib, pen nib noun
            the writing point of a pen.

            pike noun
            a sharp point (as on the end of a spear).

            pinpoint noun
            the sharp point of a pin.

            spear-point, spearpoint, spearhead noun
            the head and sharpened point of a spear.

            spike noun
            each of the sharp points on the soles of athletic shoes to prevent slipping (or the shoes themselves).

            30. compass point, point (noun)

            any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass.

            • he checked the point on his compass.
            Synonyms: compass point
            Hypernyms

            direction noun
            the spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves.

            Hyponyms

            cardinal compass point noun
            one of the four main compass points.

            NbE, north by east noun
            the compass point that is one point east (clockwise) of due north.

            NNE, nor'-nor'-east, north northeast noun
            the compass point that is midway between north and northeast.

            NEbN, northeast by north noun
            the compass point that is one point north of northeast.

            nor'-east, Northeast, northeastward, NE noun
            the compass point midway between north and east; at 45 degrees.

            NEbE, northeast by east noun
            the compass point that is one point east of northeast.

            east northeast, ENE noun
            the compass point midway between northeast and east.

            east by north, EbN noun
            the compass point that is one point north of due east.

            east by south, EbS noun
            the compass point that is one point south of due east.

            east southeast, ESE noun
            the compass point midway between east and southeast.

            SEbE, southeast by east noun
            the compass point that is one point east of southeast.

            sou'-east, Southeast, southeastward, SE noun
            the compass point midway between south and east; at 135 degrees.

            SEbS, southeast by south noun
            the compass point that is one point south of southeast.

            sou'-sou'-east, south southeast, SSE noun
            the compass point midway between south and southeast.

            SbE, south by east noun
            the compass point that is one point east of due south.

            SbW, south by west noun
            the compass point that is one point west of due south.

            sou'-sou'-west, south southwest, SSW noun
            the compass point midway between south and southwest.

            southwest by south, SWbS noun
            the compass point that is one point south of southwest.

            sou'-west, Southwest, southwestward, SW noun
            the compass point midway between south and west; at 225 degrees.

            southwest by west, SWbW noun
            the compass point that is one point west of southwest.

            west southwest, WSW noun
            the compass point midway between west and southwest.

            WbS, west by south noun
            the compass point that is one point south of due west.

            WbN, west by north noun
            the compass point that is one point north of due west.

            west northwest, WNW noun
            the compass point midway between west and northwest.

            northwest by west, NWbW noun
            the compass point that is one point west of northwest.

            nor'-west, northwestward, NW, Northwest noun
            the compass point midway between north and west; at 315 degrees.

            northwest by north, NWbN noun
            the compass point that is one point north of northwest.

            NNW, nor'-nor'-west, north northwest noun
            the compass point that is midway between north and northwest.

            NbW, north by west noun
            the compass point that is one point west of due north.

            31. point (noun)

            a linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch.

              Hypernyms

              linear measure, linear unit noun
              a unit of measurement of length.

              32. point (noun)

              one percent of the total principal of a loan; it is paid at the time the loan is made and is independent of the interest on the loan.

                Hypernyms

                loan noun
                the temporary provision of money (usually at interest).

                33. full point, full stop, period, stop, point (noun)

                a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations.

                • in England they call a period a stop.
                Hypernyms

                punctuation mark, punctuation noun
                the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases.

                Hyponyms

                suspension point noun
                (usually plural) one of a series of points indicating that something has been omitted or that the sentence is incomplete.

                34. point, head (noun)

                a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer.

                • the point of the arrow was due north.
                Synonyms: head
                Hypernyms

                Mark noun
                a written or printed symbol (as for punctuation).

                35. decimal point, percentage point, point (noun)

                the dot at the left of a decimal fraction.

                  Hypernyms

                  mathematical notation noun
                  a notation used by mathematicians.

                  36. pointedness, point (noun)

                  the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp tip.

                    Synonyms: pointedness
                    Antonyms: unpointedness (noun)

                    the property of having only a dull tip (if any).

                    Hypernyms

                    taper noun
                    the property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone).

                    37. point (noun)

                    a distinguishing or individuating characteristic.

                    • he knows my bad points as well as my good points.
                    Hypernyms

                    characteristic noun
                    a distinguishing quality.

                    Hyponyms

                    selling point noun
                    a characteristic of something that is up for sale that makes it attractive to potential customers.

                    38. gunpoint, point (noun)

                    the gun muzzle's direction.

                    • he held me up at the point of a gun.
                    Synonyms: gunpoint
                    Hypernyms

                    gun muzzle, muzzle noun
                    the open circular discharging end of a gun.

                    39. power point, point (noun)

                    a wall socket.

                      Synonyms: power point
                      Hypernyms

                      electric outlet, electric receptacle, electrical outlet, wall plug, wall socket, outlet noun
                      receptacle providing a place in a wiring system where current can be taken to run electrical devices.

                      40. breaker point, distributor point, point (noun)

                      a contact in the distributor; as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts them and current flows to the spark plugs.

                        Hypernyms

                        tangency, contact noun
                        (electronics) a junction where things (as two electrical conductors) touch or are in physical contact.

                        Nearby Terms

                        point after (noun)
                        in American football a point awarded for a successful place kick following a touchdown

                        point after touchdown (noun)
                        in American football a point awarded for a successful place kick following a touchdown

                        point duty (noun)
                        the control of traffic by a policeman stationed at an intersection

                        point in time (noun)
                        an instant of time

                        point jam (verb)
                        jam a narrow band of frequencies

                        point lace (noun)
                        lace worked with a needle in a buttonhole stitch on a paper pattern

                        point man (noun)
                        someone who is the forefront of an important enterprise

                        point mutation (noun)
                        (genetics) a mutation due to an intramolecular reorganization of a gene

                        point of accumulation (noun)
                        the mathematical value toward which a function goes as the independent variable approaches infinity

                        point of apoapsis (noun)
                        (astronomy) the point in an orbit farthest from the body being orbited

                        point of departure (noun)
                        a place from which an enterprise or expedition is launched

                        point of entry (noun)
                        a port in the United States where customs officials are stationed to oversee the entry and exit of people and merchandise

                        point of honor (noun)
                        a concern that seriously reflects on your honor

                        point of intersection (noun)
                        a point where lines intersect

                        point of no return (noun)
                        a line that when crossed permits of no return and typically results in irrevocable commitment