• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pointing The act of designating, as a position or direction, by means of something pointed, as a finger or a rod.
    • Pointing The act of filling and finishing the joints in masonry with mortar, cement, etc.; also, the material so used.
    • Pointing The act of sharpening.
    • Pointing The act or art of punctuating; punctuation.
    • Pointing (Sculpt) The act or process of measuring, at the various distances from the surface of a block of marble, the surface of a future piece of statuary; also, a process used in cutting the statue from the artist's model.
    • Pointing The rubbing off of the point of the wheat grain in the first process of high milling.
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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

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado
    • n pointing The art of indicating the divisions of a writing; punctuation.
    • n pointing The marks or points made, or the system of marks employed, in punctuation.
    • n pointing The act of removing mortar from between the joints of a stone or brick wall, and replacing it with new mortar; also, the material with which the joints are refilled.
    • n pointing In sculpture, the operation of marking off into regular spaces by points the surface of a plaster or clay model, preliminary to reproducing it in marble, as well as the reproduction of these points on the marble block. The distances between the points being easily measurable, accuracy is insured. Both the Greeks and the Romans pointed the marble blocks out of which their sculptures were to be cut. Pointing-marks are visible on a head of Alcibiades in the Louvre, and at Rome on the colossal statues in the Quirinal and the Discobolus in the Vatican.
    • n pointing In milling, the first treatment of grain in the high-milling process. It consists in rubbing off the points of the grain, clipping the brush, and removing the germ-end, and is performed either by a machine similar to a smut-mill or by millstones set at an appropriate distance apart.
    • n pointing In chanting, the act, process, or result of indicating exactly how the words shall be adapted to the music, or of making such an adaptation. Since the same melody may be used with many different texts, and the same melody and text may be variously adapted to each other, pointing becomes an intricate art, if both rhetorical and musical propriety is to be maintained. No method of pointing is yet recognized as standard, and the differences between different editors are considerable.
    • n pointing The conical softish projection, of a light-yellow color, observable in an abscess when nearly ripe. Thomas, Med. Dict.
    • n pointing Nautical, the operation of tapering the end of a rope and covering the tapered portion with the yarns that have not been removed for tapering.
    • n pointing In printing, the operation of making points in paper as guides to exact register.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Children who are breast fed tend to have an IQ seven points higher than children who are not
    • Pointing the act of sharpening: the marking of divisions in writing by points or marks: act of filling the crevices of a wall with mortar
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  • Charles H. Parkhurst
    Charles H. Parkhurst
    “Science has not solved problems, only shifted the points of problems.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “What is said of a man is nothing. The point is, who says it.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “We never touch but at points.”
  • Otto Von Bismarck
    “Better pointed bullets than pointed speeches.”
  • Howard W. Newton
    Howard W. Newton
    “Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.”
  • Irving Berlin
    Irving Berlin
    “Talent is only the starting point.”


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:

This consisted in marking points on paper which seemed to correspond in number and position to the points on the skin.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
A goal made in play counts two points and a goal from a foul one point.
"Outdoor Sports and Games" by Claude H. Miller
They were to run along a ridge, and return to a point close by the starting-point.
"Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Carl Lumholtz
The east point of the road, which was the low point before-mentioned, bore S. 51 deg.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16" by Robert Kerr
The first back to his seat wins a point for his team, the aisle gaining the largest number of points wins the game.
"School, Church, and Home Games" by George O. Draper
It is not a matter of the conduction of heat from point to point in the ice.
"The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays" by J. (John) Joly
The point M represents the Monk, the point I the Island, and the point Y the Monastery.
"Amusements in Mathematics" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
There are difficult points, too, still unsettled between us.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
There is therefore felt to be a critical point in the action, which proves also to be a turning point.
"Shakespearean Tragedy" by A. C. Bradley
The sixth point concerns the division of stress into shear members.
"Some Mooted Questions in Reinforced Concrete Design" by Edward Godfrey

In poetry:

They'd rayther show a thaasand fowk
A way, an point 'em to it;
Nor act as guides an stop ther tawk,
An try thersens to do it.
"My Doctrine" by John Hartley
He bore the load of wrath alone,
That mercy might take vent;
Heav'n's pointed arrows all upon
Thy Husband's heart were spent.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
She frowned in high defiance,
Where the Bastille once had frowned
And she spoke no word of wonder,
But she pointed all around.
"The March Of Freedom" by Ernest Jones
She’s slender hands and pretty lips,
And seafoam and rosemary.
Her ears are pointed at the tips,
She stayed so long in Fairy.
"Chemical Analysis" by Stephen Vincent Benet
I go where God and glory shine,
His presence makes eternal day:
My all that's mortal I resign,
For angels wait and point my way.
"Hymn 23 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Then from the saints I sought to flee,
And dreaded to be seen;
I thought they all would point at me,
And cry, Unclean, unclean!
"The Leper" by John Newton

In news:

Forthman came up with 316.50 points and Schuver added 307.75 points.
Make the extra-point kick illegal and award one extra point for a successful run or pass.
In other words, what's the point of the extra point .
Senior Dustin Harris returned a blocked Bulldog extra-point attempt to the end zone for a two-point score.
But on the ensuing extra-point attempt, the player who had accounted for almost all of the Saints' points on this evening prevented LC from getting its most important one of the night.
Forest Lake scored 111 points, edging Andover by half a point.
They have topped 90 points just twice in five games – and three of their losses have been by a combined 13 points.
Despite blowing a 14-point lead early in the second half thanks to a 23-point Lady Falcon third quarter surge, Farragut took control early in the final frame to win 57-48.
Sitting at his locker after the 78-75 loss to the Pacers, Heat point guard Mario Chalmers felt that Darren Collison clipped him on the arm on the potential game-tying 3-point attempt with three seconds left.
23-year-old Quinton Hoskins of West Point was taken into custody Saturday by the West Point Police Department after admitting to stealing $3,000 from his grandmother's home on Crowell Street.
With his fourth point of the afternoon Saturday, Dordt College senior Jordan Vogel scored his 1,000th point as a Defender.
Vogel, playing in his 100th career game, ended with 11 points and has 1,007 career points.
Each tallied 86 points, trailing winner Buster Posey (422 points), Ryan Braun 285, Andrew McCutchen 245, Yadier Molina 241 and Chase Headley 127.
Paul George scored 27 points, and the Indiana Pacers overcame a 16-point deficit to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-81 on Wednesday night.
Joakim Noah scored 21 points, Luol Deng added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls won their fourth in a row on the road with a 96-89 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

In science:

Whenever a conjugate point exists, there is always a cut point at or before it, this being a point at or immediately beyond which the null geodesic encounters timelike curves eminating from an earlier point along the geodesic.
Positive Energy for Asymptotically Anti-de Sitter Schwarzschild Spacetimes
They could not determine whether the new stable fixed point is a d = 2 random Ising fixed point (which is very similar to the pure Ising fixed point) or a new impure Baxter-Wu fixed point.
Critical behaviour of the Random--Bond Ashkin--Teller Model, a Monte-Carlo study
Since there is only one fixed point at d = 2(d = 1) for the two (three) chain problem, one can identify the fixed point at zero as the critical point while the approach to the fixed point as describing the phase of the system.
Polymers with Randomness: Phases and Phase Transitions
In (5.55) the general structure of the two-point distribution, as a product of the one-body densities plus a correction term (the truncated two-point distribution, or two-point correlation function ρT (2) ) which decays as the points (x1 , y1 ) and (x2 , y2 ) are separated, is displayed.
Exact statistical properties of the zeros of complex random polynomials
The strata you have to go around, in order to prove the analogue of Lemma 6.1.1, are: a) two self-tangency points, b) self-tangency point and distinct triple point, c) triple point at which exactly two branches are tangent (of order one), d) selftangency point of order two.
Arnold-type Invariants of Curves on Surfaces