pointsman

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pointsman a policeman stationed at an intersection to direct traffic
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pointsman A man who has charge of railroad points or switches.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pointsman A man who has charge of the points or switches on a railway; a switchman.
    • n pointsman In grouse-shooting, a driver stationed on the flank of the line of a drive, to turn the birds toward the guns.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pointsman a man who has charge of the points or switches on a railway
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Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

A pointsman's back straightened itself upright suddenly against a tramway standard by Mr Bloom's window.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
OZIL, a pointsman at the junction for Dieppe, between the tunnel and the station of Malaunay.
"A Zola Dictionary" by J. G. Patterson
It might have been far otherwise had Sam been a pointsman!
"The Iron Horse" by R.M. Ballantyne
It acts like the pointsman on a railway, who, by pulling a lever, sends the train in another direction.
"The Intellectual Life" by =Philip Gilbert Hamerton
You see that pointsman!
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
A pointsman will be expected to notice all signals and to obey them.
"Mr. Punch's Railway Book"
Which of course was the pointsman's affair.
"Johnny Ludlow. First Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
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