from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as pointer, 1 .


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  • The pig's peculiarity of pointing did not arise from the development of a provisional instinct, because it does not become hereditary; but the same act in the pointer-dog is instinctive, -- for, when once brought out by associating with man, it has remained with the breed, being a part of the animal's nature, which existed in embryo till it was developed by a companionship with man, for whose use this faculty was alone intended.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 31, May, 1860

  • A young pointer-dog, which has never been in the fields before, will not only point at a covey of partridges, but will remain motionless, like a well-trained dog.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 31, May, 1860

  • "I don't know what you've got in there, nor why it acts that way," said the showman, "but from what I know about money, the most of it's well taken care of by the men that own it; and just what good it's goin 'to do to play pointer-dog with that thing there, and go round and flush loose change and savin's-banks, is more than I can figger."

    The Skipper and the Skipped Being the Shore Log of Cap'n Aaron Sproul

  • The winter visitor from the North kicks up the jack-snipe along the beach or tarponizes in the estuaries of the Gulf, and when he comes to the hotel for dinner he eats Chicago dressed beef, but out in the wilderness low-browed cow-folks shoot and stab each other for the possession of scrawny creatures not fit for a pointer-dog to mess on.

    Crooked Trails

  • While waiting for the commencement of the sale, one of the gentlemen present amused himself with a pointer-dog, which, at command, stood on its hindlegs, and took pieces of bread from his pocket.

    A Journey in the Seaboard Slave States; With Remarks on Their Economy

  • Mr. Edward Cook, after having lived some time with his brother at Tugsten, in Northumberland, went to America, and took with him a pointer-dog, which he lost soon afterwards, while shooting in the woods near Baltimore.

    Anecdotes of Dogs

  • The fact of her crossing the country was ascertained by shepherds, who saw her, accompanied by a pointer-dog.

    Anecdotes of Dogs

  • A gentleman, on his requesting the loan of a pointer-dog from a friend, was informed by him that the dog would behave very well so long as he could kill his birds; but if he frequently missed them, it would run home and leave him.

    Anecdotes of Dogs

  • A well-known angler was in the habit of being attended by a pointer-dog, who saved him the trouble of a landing-net in his trout-fishing excursions.

    Anecdotes of Dogs

  • On the 23d of February, Mr. Harford, residing in Bristol, when feeding a pointer-dog, happened to let the fork tumble with the flesh, and the dog swallowed them both.

    The Dog


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