from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that directs, indicates, or points.
  • n. A scale indicator on a watch, balance, or other measuring instrument.
  • n. A long tapered stick for indicating objects, as on a chart or blackboard.
  • n. Any of a breed of hunting dogs that points game, typically having a smooth, short-haired coat that is usually white with black or brownish spots.
  • n. A piece of advice; a suggestion.
  • n. A piece of indicative information: interest rates and other pointers in the economic forecast.
  • n. Computer Science A variable that holds the address of a core storage location.
  • n. Computer Science A symbol appearing on a display screen in a GUI that lets the user select a command by clicking with a pointing device or pressing the enter key when the pointer symbol is positioned on the appropriate button or icon.
  • n. Either of the two stars in the Big Dipper that are aligned so as to point to Polaris.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Anything that points or is used for pointing.
  • n. A needle-like component of a timepiece or measuring device that indicates the time or the current reading of the device.
  • n. A breed of hunting dog.
  • n. A variable that holds the address of a memory location where a value can be stored.
  • n. An icon that indicates the position of the mouse; a cursor.
  • n. A tip, a bit of advice (usually plural.)
  • n. Something worth a given number of points.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The hand of a timepiece.
  • n. One of a breed of dogs trained to stop at scent of game, and with the nose point it out to sportsmen.
  • n. The two stars (Merak and Dubhe) in the Great Bear, the line between which points nearly in the direction of the north star.
  • n. Diagonal braces sometimes fixed across the hold.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which points.
  • n. plural With the definite article, the two stars of the constellation Ursa Major which guide the eye of the observer to the pole-star.
  • n. A light pole with a black ball on the end of it, used at the masthead of a whaler when the boats are down.
  • n. Nautical, one of the pieces of timber fixed fore-and-aft, and diagonally inside of a vessel's run or quarter, to connect the stern-frame with the after-body. See counter,4. Also called snake-piece.
  • n. A pointed tool; especially, one used for cutting, graving, boring, and the like: a term common to many trades: as, a stone-cutters' pointer; a silversmiths' pointer.
  • n. A tool used by bricklayers for clearing out the old mortar in pointing brickwork.
  • n. The lever of a railroad-switch.
  • n. In printing, the workman who adjusts sheets by means of the point-holes on a press.
  • n. A hint; an indication; a point; an item of information which may be used with advantage: as, pointers in a race or a game.
  • n. See the extract and silker.
  • n. Same as gun-pointer.
  • n. One of a pair of bullocks yoked ahead of the pole-bullocks. See the extract.
  • n. In surveying, particularly hydrographic surveying, a plotting-instrument comprising a graduated circle with three projecting radial arms capable of being set at given angular distances apart: used for the purpose of determining on a map the unknown position of a point or station by the three-point problem.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a strong slender smooth-haired dog of Spanish origin having a white coat with brown or black patches; scents out and points to game
  • n. a mark to indicate a direction or relation
  • n. (computer science) indicator consisting of a movable spot of light (an icon) on a visual display; moving it allows the user to point to commands or screen positions
  • n. an indicator as on a dial


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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  • Mislaid Red Indian Mickey Mouse America

    Pointered us from campground to campground –

    We were two of many.

    —Ted Hughes, 'The 59th Bear', Birthday Letters

    Nonce use as v. It also occurs to me now that 'campground' seems unusual: I would say 'camping-ground', and indeed OED marks it as U.S.

    January 7, 2009