• WordNet 3.6
    • adj pointed direct and obvious in meaning or reference; often unpleasant "a pointed critique","a pointed allusion to what was going on","another pointed look in their direction"
    • adj pointed having a point
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A motorist wishes to point out A motorist wishes to point out
The hussar points his pistol at the mysterious women The hussar points his pistol at the mysterious women
Brushes.—Round Pointed Brushes.—Round Pointed
Forming points with cords Forming points with cords
Making a fine point Making a fine point
Bearings of the Rising aAnd Setting Points of the Sun from Gibeon Bearings of the Rising aAnd Setting Points of the Sun from Gibeon

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Children who are breast fed tend to have an IQ seven points higher than children who are not
    • Pointed Characterized by sharpness, directness, or pithiness of expression; terse; epigrammatic; especially, directed to a particular person or thing. "His moral pleases, not his pointed wit."
    • Pointed Sharp; having a sharp point; as, a pointed rock.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Chris Ford of the the Boston Celtics sank the NBA's first three-point shot in 1979.
    • pointed Sharp; having a sharp point: as, a pointed rock.
    • pointed Aimed at or expressly intended for some particular person; directly applicable or applied; emphasized: as, a pointed remark.
    • pointed Epigrammatical; abounding in conceits or lively turns; piquant; sharp.
    • pointed In printing, pierced with points: said of a sheet of paper.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first NBA player to score 38,000 points was Kareem Abdul-Jabar in 1989.
    • adj Pointed having a sharp point: sharp: intended for some particular person: personal: keen: telling:
    • adj Pointed (archit.) having sharply-pointed arches, Gothic
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  • Rod Laver
    Rod Laver
    “The next point -- that's all you must think about.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “A person who is gifted sees the essential point and leaves the rest as surplus.”
  • Walter Benjamin
    “Gifts must affect the receiver to the point of shock.”
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
    “Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.”
  • Alfred Jarry
    Alfred Jarry
    “God is the tangential point between zero and infinity.”
  • Charles H. Parkhurst
    Charles H. Parkhurst
    “Science has not solved problems, only shifted the points of problems.”


Beside the point - If something is beside the point, it's not relevant to the matter being discussed or considered.
Brownie points - If you try to earn Brownie points with someone, you do things you know will please them.
Case in point - Meaning an instance of something has just occurred that was previously discussed. For instance, a person may have told another that something always happens. Later that day, they see it happening, and the informer might say, 'case in point'.
Moot point - If something's a moot point, there's some disagreement about it: a debatable point. In the U.S., this expression usually means that there is no point in debating something, because it just doesn't matter. An example: If you are arguing over whether to go the beach or to the park, but you find out the car won't start and you can't go anywhere, then the destination is said to be a moot point.
Point the finger - When you point the finger at someone, you are accusing and blaming them for something.
Sticking point - A sticking point is a controversial issue that blocks progress in negotiations, etc, where compromise is unlikely or impossible.
Tipping point - Small changes may have little effect until they build up to critical mass, then the next small change may suddenly change everything. this is the tipping point.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. punctumpungĕre, to prick.


In literature:

The committee rejected Gray's statement, and Kenworthy drew up a point-by-point rebuttal.
"Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965" by Morris J. MacGregor Jr.
The capture of the statues of the patron gods points to a great humiliation which Babylon must have encountered.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
Reversing sides by dashing past each other, Hasjelti points his fawn skin to the east while Hostjoghon points his wands to the west.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various
The aiming point or target is carefully pointed out.
"Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911" by United States War Department
This text gives us the true point of view from which to regard it.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Watch and pray; one of these small points may be the turning-point of your destiny.
"The Parables of Our Lord" by William Arnot
They are hollow, with small orifices at their points.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
He worked slowly, dropping point after point in place.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
The exact spot is pointed out where the manger stood, and so is the point where the heel ropes of this famous horse were tied.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
For, up to a point, the science of detection is merely a matter of routine.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
Butterflies for the corners of handkerchiefs, scarf-ends and the points of caps or coiffures are favorite designs in point and Honiton laces.
"The Art of Modern Lace Making" by The Butterick Publishing Co.
A little white church with a pointed spire stood on the highest point of the cliff, close to the town.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Cars can be transferred by ferry boat from point to point, without delay or cost of train shipment.
"Old Mackinaw" by W. P. Strickland
But details on this point are unnecessary.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
At this point, Northrup resorted to detail.
"At the Crossroads" by Harriet T. Comstock
But it is at just this point that the philosopher begins.
"A Manual of the Art of Fiction" by Clayton Hamilton
Returning to the point where the scouts were leaving, I decided to follow close behind them, on the chance of getting some good scenes.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
It was not an expedition started from a point impregnably garrisoned, to dash by a well marked path to another point occupied by a friendly army.
"History of Morgan's Cavalry" by Basil W. Duke
This is coming to the point at once.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
When the points seem to be nearly touching, open the other eye, and see whether the two points still seem to be close together.
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth

In poetry:

Thou lab'redst hard to teach thy race
A Saviour's love,
And point them to that better place
In heav'n above.
"In Memoriam, On The Late Right Reverend Richard Allen, First Bishop Of The A. M. E. Church" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
'Tis a point I long to know,
Oft it causes anxious thought;
Do I love the Lord, or no?
Am I his, or am I not?
"Lovest Thou Me?" by John Newton
It sits there in the moonlight
Itself as pale and still,
And points with its airy finger
Across the window-sill.
"The Haunted Chamber. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Third)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Then let them point my every tear,
And let them mock and moan;
Another week, another year,
And I'll be with my own
"My Own" by Dorothy Parker
A pointing tree; a lifted hill,
Sun-misted with a golden ring,--
Were these once mine? And am I still
"I Watch Swift Pictures" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
"My father, yet in pity stay!—
I see his white beard wave—
A spirit beckons him away,
And points to yonder grave.
"Edwin and Eltruda, a Legendary Tale" by Helen Maria Williams

In news:

Double prairie points and three-dimensional pinwheels using the prairie points are demonstrated.
Marvin Williams led the Jazz with 18 points, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range.
Peyton Manning drew Broncos' attention by making point after point.
Titans allow ' point after point' in lopsided loss at Pittsburgh.
HIGH POINT — A High Point woman fought off an attacker when he entered her home and threatened her with a knife early Wednesday morning, police said.
One of the most practical and economical connections to the Internet is to dial in to an Internet Access Provider (IAP) using either the Serial-Line Internet Protocol (SLIP) or the Point-to-Point Protocol ( PPP ).
Precocious Milwaukee point guard Brandon Jennings scored 23 points and added 10 assists in the Bucks' upset victory at Dallas Monday night.
The visiting Stars (12-10) were led by Ashley Johnson with 18 points, Kerri Shanks with 14 points, and Tia LaFavor with 13 points.
HIGH POINT — A family has donated more than $1 million to High Point University's School of Art and Design.
Trigg County Middle School and Trigg County High School were rated as "needs improvement," with TCMS 4.9 points short of proficiency and TCHS 0.4 points away from proficiency .
The top reasons people don't redeem rewards: They forget or don't have enough points, and some sites charge you a fee to sell or trade points.
It is time to concede a major point in the political arguments of our time: When conservatives warn about a culture of dependency, they make a good point.
Considering Dominique Jones scored 32 points in the opener and the team averaged 86.5 points in the first two games, this one was an offensive stinker .
Point guard Devin Harris, who scored one point and was 0-for-7 from the field against the Mavericks, was sent home with the stomach flu .
Jeff Hanisch/US PresswireSigns point to Toney Douglas being the Knicks' starting point guard on Christmas.

In science:

It is more usual to say that the second point y ∈ Y is related to the first point x ∈ X by the relation R, or the first point x ∈ X has related point in the target space.
United sight to an algebraic operations and convergence
Note that unmarked points in different framed subgrids must be covered by different points, and vice versa, an unmarked point can only be covered by a point in its framed subgrid.
Randomized Rounding for Routing and Covering Problems: Experiments and Improvements
And by the definition of universal δ -fields, a prime δ -ideal over any finitely generated δ -extension field of F has a generic point in E n . A point η ∈ V is called a generic point of an irreducible δ -variety V if η is a generic point for I(V ).
Intersection Theory in Differential Algebraic Geometry: Generic Intersections and the Differential Chow Form
N = X1≤n≤N where, for each n, Z N (n, N −n) is the (non-normalized) point-to-point partition function Z β (n, N − n) = Xω∈Ωn,N −n This can also be seen as a generating function or a Poissonization of the point-to-point partition function.
Asymmetric directed polymers in random environments
Lemma 6.3 (Relevant separation points and crossing points) Almost surely for each −∞ ≤ S < U ≤ ∞ and z ∈ R × (S, U ), the fol lowing statements are equivalent: (i) z is an S, U -relevant separation point. (ii) z is a crossing point of some π ∈ N and ˆπ ∈ ˆN with σπ = S and U = ˆσ ˆπ .
Stochastic flows in the Brownian web and net
Since any point in P is visible from some points in Hv , any points in the sinks of P is also visible from some points in Hv .
Fast Approximation Algorithms for Art Gallery Problems in Simple Polygons
Let ϕ : X → Y be a continuous map from a circle X to a 1-dimensional manifold Y without boundary. A point x ∈ X is a regular point of ϕ if there is a neighbourhood U of x in X such that ϕ|U is injective. A point x ∈ X is a critical point of ϕ if it is not a regular point.
Multiplicity of a space over another space
Then the marker at the input point or the output point is transposed once, any marker at the boundary point (except for the input point and the output point) is transposed twice and any marker in the other cases is transposed four times or more when we get the counterclocked state from the clocked state.
The clock number of a knot
Since every proper universe has one input point and one output point, we see that the number of boundary points (except for the input point and the output point) is c( ˜K ) − 2 or less.
The clock number of a knot
Since every proper universe has one input point and one output point, there are ri + rj − 4 boundary points exept for the input point and the output point.
The clock number of a knot
In Example 5.1 on the other hand, the shift to the closest point is not reversible because there can be more than one point having a particular point as their closest points.
What is typical?
To see this, consider the event that for a point Xi , one other point falls within distance δn−1/d and there are no other points within distance (n/ log n)−1/d .) This justifies introducing the constraint that the points in the supremum in (5) be at least at distance r.
Connectivity threshold for Bluetooth graphs
Remark 2.4 In the above discussion for simplicity we identified the marked point x which is an actual point in the domain of f with its marking (index) in P ; usually one talks about the p’th marked point xp and about evp , the evaluation at the p’th marked point.
GW Invariants Relative Normal Crossings Divisors
Every simple a-point of f is a simple a-point of f ′ , i.e. (f = a and f ′ 6= 0) ⇒ (f ′ = a and f ′′ 6= 0); • Every simple a-point of f is a (not necessarily simple) a-point of f ′ , i.e. (f = a and f ′ 6= 0) ⇒ f ′ = a.
Entire functions sharing simple $a$-points with their first derivative
The entire function f (z) = a sin z and its derivative f ′ (z) = a cos z share their simple a-points and their simple −a-points, for the trivial reason that all their a-points and −a-points have multiplicity 2.
Entire functions sharing simple $a$-points with their first derivative