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English noun: point

1. point (cognition) a geometric element that has position but no extension


SamplesA point is defined by its coordinates.


Broader (hypernym)component, constituent, element, factor, ingredient


Narrower (hyponym)attracter, attractor, intercept, intersection, intersection point, point of intersection

2. point (location) the precise location of something; a spatially limited location


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


Broader (hypernym)location


Narrower (hyponym)abutment, antinode, beginning, belly button, bellybutton, blind spot, celestial point, center, centre, chokepoint, corner, corner, crinion, crossing, focal point, focal point, focus, focus, focus, geographic point, geographical point, ground zero, hilum, hot spot, hotspot, McBurney's point, midair, midpoint, military position, navel, nidus, node, omphalos, omphalus, optic disc, optic disk, origin, place, place, position, position, position, pressure point, punctum, root, rootage, source, spot, topographic point, trichion, umbilicus, vanishing point

3. point (communication) a brief version of the essential meaning of something


SamplesGet to the point.
He missed the point of the joke.
Life has lost its point.


Broader (hypernym)import, meaning, significance, signification


Narrower (hyponym)bottom line, crux, crux of the matter, rallying point, talking point

4. point (cognition) an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole


SamplesSeveral of the details are similar.
A point of information.


Synonymsdetail, item


Broader (hypernym)fact


Narrower (hyponym)minutia, nook and cranny, nooks and crannies, regard, respect, sticking point, technicality, trifle, triviality

5. point (state) a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process


SamplesA remarkable degree of frankness.
At what stage are the social sciences?.


Synonymsdegree, level, stage


Broader (hypernym)state


Narrower (hyponym)acme, climax, elevation, end point, extent, height, ladder, meridian, peak, pinnacle, plane, quickening, resultant, standard of life, standard of living, state of the art, summit, superlative, tiptop, top, ultimacy, ultimateness

6. point (time) an instant of time


SamplesAt that point I had to leave.


Synonymspoint in time


Broader (hypernym)amount, measure, quantity


Narrower (hyponym)arrival time, beginning, commencement, date, deadline, departure time, distance, end, ending, first, full term, get-go, instant, kickoff, middle, midterm, midterm, minute, moment, offset, outset, particular date, phase, phase angle, run-time, second, show time, showtime, start, starting time, term, then, time of arrival, time of departure

7. point (cognition) the object of an activity


SamplesWhat is the point of discussing it?.


Broader (hypernym)aim, object, objective, target

8. point (shape) a V shape


SamplesThe cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points.


Synonymspeak, tip


Broader (hypernym)convex shape, convexity


Narrower (hyponym)cusp, head, widow's peak


Part meronymalpenstock, arrowhead, blade, brand, cone, cone shape, conoid, knife, pencil, steel, sword

9. point (shape) a very small circular shape


SamplesA row of points.
Draw lines between the dots.


Synonymsdot


Broader (hypernym)disc, disk, saucer

10. point (quantity) the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest


SamplesHe scored 20 points in the first half.
A touchdown counts 6 points.


Broader (hypernym)unit, unit of measurement


Narrower (hyponym)advantage, extra point, match point, point after, point after touchdown, set point


Part meronymscore

11. point (object) a promontory extending out into a large body of water


SamplesThey sailed south around the point.


Broader (hypernym)foreland, head, headland, promontory

12. point (communication) a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list


SamplesHe 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.


Synonymsitem


Broader (hypernym)component, component part, constituent, part, portion


Narrower (hyponym)agenda item, incidental, inventory item, line item, news item, place, position


Part meronymlist, listing

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


Broader (hypernym)relevance, relevancy

14. point (attribute) an outstanding characteristic


SamplesHis acting was one of the high points of the movie.


Synonymsspot


Broader (hypernym)characteristic

15. point (artifact) sharp end


SamplesHe stuck the point of the knife into a tree.
He broke the point of his pencil.


Broader (hypernym)end, terminal


Narrower (hyponym)arrowhead, barb, barb, cusp, diamond point, nib, pen nib, pike, pinpoint, spear-point, spearhead, spearpoint, spike


Part meronymawl, ice pick, icepick, knife, needle, pencil, pin

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


SamplesHe checked the point on his compass.


Synonymscompass point


Broader (hypernym)direction


Narrower (hyponym)cardinal compass point, east by north, east by south, east northeast, east southeast, EbN, EbS, ENE, ESE, NbE, NbW, NE, NEbE, NEbN, NNE, NNW, nor'-east, nor'-nor'-east, nor'-nor'-west, nor'-west, north by east, north by west, north northeast, north northwest, northeast, northeast by east, northeast by north, northeastward, northwest, northwest by north, northwest by west, northwestward, NW, NWbN, NWbW, SbE, SbW, SE, SEbE, SEbS, sou'-east, sou'-sou'-east, sou'-sou'-west, sou'-west, south by east, south by west, south southeast, south southwest, southeast, southeast by east, southeast by south, southeastward, southwest, southwest by south, southwest by west, southwestward, SSE, SSW, SW, SWbS, SWbW, WbN, WbS, west by north, west by south, west northwest, west southwest, WNW, WSW

17. point (quantity) a linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch


Broader (hypernym)linear measure, linear unit


Part meronymem, pica, pica em

18. point (possession) 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


Broader (hypernym)loan

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


SamplesIn England they call a period a stop.


Synonymsfull point, full stop, period, stop


Broader (hypernym)punctuation, punctuation mark


Narrower (hyponym)suspension point

20. point (communication) a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer


SamplesThe point of the arrow was due north.


Synonymshead


Broader (hypernym)mark


Part meronymarrow, pointer

21. point (communication) the dot at the left of a decimal fraction


Synonymsdecimal point, percentage point


Broader (hypernym)mathematical notation

22. point (attribute) the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp tip


Synonymspointedness


Broader (hypernym)taper


Antonymsunpointedness

23. point (attribute) a distinguishing or individuating characteristic


SamplesHe knows my bad points as well as my good points.


Broader (hypernym)characteristic


Narrower (hyponym)selling point

24. point (artifact) the gun muzzle's direction


SamplesHe held me up at the point of a gun.


Synonymsgunpoint


Broader (hypernym)gun muzzle, muzzle

25. point (artifact) a wall socket


Synonymspower point


Broader (hypernym)electric outlet, electric receptacle, electrical outlet, outlet, wall plug, wall socket


Domain regionBritain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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


Synonymsbreaker point, distributor point


Broader (hypernym)contact, tangency


Part meronymdistributer, distributor, electrical distributor


English verb: point

1. point (communication) indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively


SamplesI showed the customer the glove section.
He pointed to the empty parking space.
He indicated his opponents.


Synonymsdesignate, indicate, show


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)inform


Narrower (hyponym)call attention, finger, point, point out, reflect, signalise, signalize

2. point (stative) be oriented


SamplesThe weather vane points North.
The dancers toes pointed outward.


Synonymsorient


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)lie

3. point (competition) direct into a position for use


SamplesPoint a gun.
He charged his weapon at me.


Synonymscharge, level


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)aim, direct, take, take aim, train


Verb grouppoint

4. point (motion) direct the course; determine the direction of travelling


Synonymschannelise, channelize, direct, guide, head, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, steer


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)command, control


Narrower (hyponym)canalise, canalize, channel, conn, corner, crab, dock, helm, navigate, navigate, park, pilot, pull over, sheer, stand out, starboard, tree

5. point (communication) be a signal for or a symptom of


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


Synonymsbespeak, betoken, indicate, signal


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)tell


Narrower (hyponym)augur, auspicate, betoken, bode, forecast, foreshadow, foretell, mark, omen, portend, predict, prefigure, presage, prognosticate

6. point (motion) sail close to the wind


Synonymsluff


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)sail


Domain categorynavigation, pilotage, piloting

7. point (contact) mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)label, mark, tag

8. point (contact) mark with diacritics


SamplesPoint the letter.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)label, mark, tag

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


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)label, mark, tag

10. point (competition) be positionable in a specified manner


SamplesThe gun points with ease.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Something ----s Adjective/Noun


Broader (hypernym)be


Verb groupcharge, level, point

11. point (competition) intend (something) to move towards a certain goal


SamplesHe aimed his fists towards his opponent's face.
Criticism directed at her superior.
Direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself.


Synonymsaim, direct, place, target


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)aim, direct, take, take aim, train


Narrower (hyponym)address, home in, range in, zero in

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


SamplesThe dog pointed the dead duck.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)designate, indicate, point, show

13. point (change) give a point to


SamplesThe candles are tapered.


Synonymssharpen, taper


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)change form, change shape, deform


Narrower (hyponym)acuminate

14. point (change) repair the joints of bricks


SamplesPoint a chimney.


Synonymsrepoint


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bushel, doctor, fix, furbish up, mend, repair, restore, touch on









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