pointless

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj pointless not having a point especially a sharp point "my pencils are all pointless"
    • adj pointless serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being "otiose lines in a play","advice is wasted words","a pointless remark","a life essentially purposeless","senseless violence"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Pointless Having no point; blunt; wanting keenness; obtuse; as, a pointless sword; a pointless remark.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pointless Having no point; terminating squarely or in a rounded end.
    • pointless Without point or force: as, a pointless joke.
    • pointless In botany, same as muticous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Pointless having no point: blunt: dull: wanting keenness or smartness
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Quotations

  • Gunther Grass
    Gunther Grass
    “Art is so wonderfully irrational, exuberantly pointless, but necessary all the same. Pointless and yet necessary, that's hard for a puritan to understand.”
  • Ezra Pound
    Ezra%20Pound
    “The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.”
  • Steven Weinberg
    Steven Weinberg
    “The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

Their conversation worried me; it seemed to be pointless and concerned with things that did not matter at all.
"The Wooden Horse" by Hugh Walpole
The transition from peace to war, from pointless remonstrance to vigorous defiance, was slow and gradual.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
They were arrested in their flight, brought back to Paris, and perished miserably on the scaffold by the pointless sword of the executioner.
"The Duke's Motto" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
If the fear does not force me to speak, the deed is pointless.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
I sometimes think I'm the the most pointless individual in the world.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
All the evening after I'd come in from a disgusting and pointless expedition I expected to be called to the telephone.
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
Else why did you tell such a pointless story?
"Audrey Craven" by May Sinclair
Others said that it was pointless, that its point was not where the author meant it to be, that the handle was sharper than the blade.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
It was pointless, wanton waste of heat-blaster ammunition.
"Master of the Moondog" by Stanley Mullen
His drawing seemed a joke, his writing, or wish for writing, pointless.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
A morbid and pointless collection of horrors, Alcorn thought, until he saw the parallel that related them.
"Assignment's End" by Roger Dee
Many of these stories are so fragmentary as to be pointless.
"Library of the World's Best literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 12" by Various
Any discussion, now, would be pointless.
"Warrior of the Dawn" by Howard Carleton Browne
The boys had preempted every scrap of paper for their pointless calculations.
"A Woman's Place" by Mark Irvin Clifton
But Osceolo had not yet raised his gaze from the ground, and the reproof fell pointless.
"The Sun Maid" by Evelyn Raymond
Two other knights now took the field and fought with pointless weapons.
"With Ring of Shield" by Knox Magee
It was all so pointless.
"You Too Can Be A Millionaire" by Noel Miller Loomis
Before this monumental and gorgeous piece of humor all other jokes seem flat and pointless.
"Within Prison Walls" by Thomas Mott Osborne
To take it otherwise, the joke to me seems pointless.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. VIII" by Various
It is a pity his life should be so pointless.
"The Nest, The White Pagoda, The Suicide, A Forsaken Temple, Miss Jones and The Masterpiece" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
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In poetry:

Pointless your mourning and your toil
Helpless your curses dire
Past forms no miracle can bring
Back from funereal pyre.
"Pointless Your Morning" by Adam Asnyk
You shall not turn the tide of life!
Your anger keep at bay
Pointless your mourning and your toil
The world shall go its way.
"Pointless Your Morning" by Adam Asnyk
He leant upon the toilet table,
His fingers fumbled in his breast;
He felt as foolish as a fable,
And feeble as a pointless jest.
"The Ballad Of A Barber" by Aubrey Vincent Beardsley
While these their various arts essay,
And vainly strive to gain the heart,
Good-Sense disdainful turns away,
And Reason scorns my pointless dart.
"Love" by Jane Bowdler
"Is he that bears a warrior's fame
To shun the pointless stroke of shame?
Will he that propped a trembling throne
Not stand for right when right's his own?
"The Last Word" by Sir Henry Newbolt
She milked into a wooden pail
And sang a country ditty,
An innocent fond lovers' tale,
That was not wise nor witty,
Pathetically rustical,
Too pointless for the city.
"A Farm Walk" by Christina Georgina Rossetti

In news:

The days of excelling to get ahead are pointless.
Spoof a lame, pointless take on the current vampire craze.
"Fiber Art," by the Pointless Sisters features fiber art and wall quilts.
RandiRadio #RandiRhodes blog: Pointless .
If you are competent at creating Microsoft's PowerPoint presentations, Impact Pointless is probably one of the most aptly named products available.
Pointless Shrinks Powerpoint Files.
Daylight Saving Time pretty much pointless .
Maybe Iowa straw poll not so pointless after all.
Every four years, the pointlessness of Iowa returns.
Conventions fun, but pointless .
The pointless Palestinian UN bid.
Pointless exercises vex Pitt.
PETA's lawsuit against Happy Cows campaign called ' pointless .
10 Pointless iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad Accessories.
Top 10 Pointless iPhone and iPad Accessories.
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In science:

SU (2), was considered, but a concrete form of a given complex group is somewhat pointless.
Braided affine geometry and q-analogs of wave operators
It is of course pointless to discuss the advantages of triangulation-guided coverings if we cannot prescribe a convenient procedure to build appropriately dense triangulations of coordinate space.
Cover art: issues in the metric-guided and metric-less placement of random and stochastic template banks
Property (E) may seem rather pointless at first.
A strictly stationary, "causal," 5-tuplewise independent counterexample to the central limit theorem
L¨uscher recommends to use a default value p = 223 and notes that employment of values p > 389 is pointless.
Pseudo-random number generators for Monte Carlo simulations on Graphics Processing Units
However this is pointless if, as in our protocol, Bob prevents such signalling. 22 One can imagine scenarios in which no such information is in fact ever leaked to Eve.
Private Randomness Expansion With Untrusted Devices
Finally, after randomly sampling a program we remove any pointless code, such as “+-”, “><” and “[]”.
An Approximation of the Universal Intelligence Measure
This produces faster and more compact programs, and discards the most common type of pointless infinite loop.
An Approximation of the Universal Intelligence Measure
Brazilian Astronomical Society (SAB). I do not share the view that theoretical (and mathematical) cosmology should be strictly related to the observed universe, otherwise it becomes a pointless exercise.
Summary Talk on Cosmology and Gravitation: XXII Brazilian National Meeting on Particles and Fields
From a practical standpoint, as soon as two ob jects of the same type appearing in a configuration are interchangeable, it is pointless to produce all the isomorphic solutions obtained by exchanging them.
Pruning Isomorphic Structural Sub-problems in Configuration
The problem has now become time dependent and it will be pointless to look for “equilibrium solutions”.
Gravitational clustering in Static and Expanding Backgrounds
According to Badnell et al. (2003), this renders pointless efforts to compute field-free rate coefficients to an accuracy of better than 20%.
Atomic Data for X-ray Astrophysics
The result looks like a shift in units (from v to mv as an independent variable) so that it seems pointless.
Making Sense of the Legendre Transform
An important requirement for the coupler is that it does not allow one to create nonlocality, otherwise the study of models with restricted non-locality would be pointless.
Couplers for Non-Locality Swapping
However the term “Cohomology Group" is so embedded in the literature that any attempt to change it would only be confusing (and pointless).
A Simple Introduction to Particle Physics Part II
For example, in the regression model as well as in the random censoring model, the embedding in (A3) is with a Brownian motion Bnj so the cases S = B and S = W coincide in these models; in particular, lemmas 10, 11 and 4 are pointless and there is no need to prove a bootstrap version of these lemmas.
Testing equality of functions under monotonicity constraints
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