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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.


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.


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.


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.


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


Broader (hypernym)taper


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.


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.


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


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.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

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

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