Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of point.
  • n. The action of the verb to point.
  • n. Mortar that has been placed between bricks to hold them together. This is not strictly speaking correct word to use in this context, mortar would be the correct word, or joint filling. (or perhaps applies in the US only) This term is often misused as meaning mortar or joint filling, as 'repointing' is the action of making good and repairing of joints between stone.
  • n. The act or art of punctuating; punctuation.
  • n. The rubbing off of the point of the wheat grain in the first process of high milling.
  • n. The act or process of measuring, at the various distances from the surface of a block of marble, the surface of a future piece of statuary; also, a process used in cutting the statue from the artist's model.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of sharpening.
  • n. The act of designating, as a position or direction, by means of something pointed, as a finger or a rod.
  • n. The act or art of punctuating; punctuation.
  • n. The act of filling and finishing the joints in masonry with mortar, cement, etc.; also, the material so used.
  • n. The rubbing off of the point of the wheat grain in the first process of high milling.
  • n. The act or process of measuring, at the various distances from the surface of a block of marble, the surface of a future piece of statuary; also, a process used in cutting the statue from the artist's model.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The art of indicating the divisions of a writing; punctuation.
  • n. The marks or points made, or the system of marks employed, in punctuation.
  • n. The act of removing mortar from between the joints of a stone or brick wall, and replacing it with new mortar; also, the material with which the joints are refilled.
  • n. In sculpture, the operation of marking off into regular spaces by points the surface of a plaster or clay model, preliminary to reproducing it in marble, as well as the reproduction of these points on the marble block.
  • n. In milling, the first treatment of grain in the high-milling process.
  • n. In chanting, the act, process, or result of indicating exactly how the words shall be adapted to the music, or of making such an adaptation.
  • n. The conical softish projection, of a light-yellow color, observable in an abscess when nearly ripe. Thomas, Med. Dict.
  • n. Nautical, the operation of tapering the end of a rope and covering the tapered portion with the yarns that have not been removed for tapering.
  • n. In printing, the operation of making points in paper as guides to exact register.

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Examples

  • Now this case you were pointing out to me in your own book [_pointing to proofs_] -- Number forty-nine, Mrs. Copway.

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  • Powers 'pointing toward estimates from various organizations, citing that thousands of Americans are losing their lives due to lack of health insurance yearly, smells the same as the White House pointing to jobs saved due to stimulus spending. commented

    NY Post: News

  • 'tain't her's,' pointing to the corpse; 'nor' tain't his'n, 'pointing in the direction of Arthur's rooms;' as for her, I'm opposed to sendin 'to the poor-house another pauper.'

    Tracy Park

  • Do you see there, 'says he,' five ships lie at anchor '(pointing down the river a good way below the town),' and do you see ', says he,' eight or ten ships lie at the chain there, and at anchor yonder? 'pointing above the town).

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  • “Why would Iblis put a label pointing to where the people he kidnapped were being held?”

    The Thieves of Darkness

  • The Higher Criticism is a term pointing not to methods and results transcending ordinary intelligence, but to a study which aims "higher" than grammatical and textual questions considered as final.

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  • A species’ name and the type specimen are intricately intertwined, Mayr explained; but with the name pointing to one site and the type to another, there was bound to be confusion, the last thing a taxonomist wants.

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  • This isn't a class war promulated by Real Change, although Harris and Real Change are certainly leaders in pointing out stupid ideas like this ordinance.

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  • Thank you to Publicola for being relentless in pointing out the bank-loving ways of the State Dems these past few weeks especially.

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  • Former President Carter was entirely wrong in pointing us in this direction.

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