point1 [ pɔınt ] noun ***
▸ 1 idea/opinion/reason
▸ 2 aspect/feature
▸ 3 particular time
▸ 4 particular place
▸ 5 unit (for game score)
▸ 6 area of light/color
▸ 7 sharp end of something
▸ 8 piece of land
▸ 9 decimal point
▸ 10 direction on compass
▸ 11 electrical outlet
1. ) count an idea or opinion among a number of others:
I disagree with you on a couple of important points.
point by point (=looking at each part separately): Let's go over the plan point by point.
a ) singular the thing that you are trying to say:
My point is that we're spending too much time on details and forgetting the big issues.
What's your point?
b ) singular the reason for something:
point of: What is the point of your visit?
not any/no point: I see no point in discussing this any more.
get/see the point (=understand the reason): I'm sorry I just don't get the point.
2. ) count an aspect or feature:
someone's strong/weak points: Subtlety is not one of his strong points.
the finer points (=the details): He spent his spare time coaching youngsters on the finer points of soccer.
it has its points (=it has some good qualities): I complain about working different hours from everyone else, but it has its points.
3. ) count a particular moment in time:
at this/that point: At that point we all got up and walked out of the room.
at this/that point in time: At this point in time we can't afford to hire any more people.
a ) a particular stage in a process:
the freezing/boiling point of water
reach a point: We're just trying to reach a point where both sides will sit down together and talk.
to the point of: His behavior was strange to the point of being considered unacceptable by his employers.
4. ) count a particular place:
We'll meet at a point halfway between here and your hotel.
a point where three different countries meet
a ) a position on a drawing or map:
Lines C and D intersect at point E.
5. ) count a unit for counting the score in a game or sport:
Our team is two points behind.
They won on points (=by getting the most points).
a ) a unit of measurement:
Interest rates fell by 2 percentage points.
6. ) count a very small area of light or color:
His eyes narrowed to glittering points of light.
7. ) count the sharp end of something:
the point of the knife/sword/scissors
8. ) count a long thin piece of land that stretches out into an area of water
9. ) count the word for a DECIMAL POINT, used when saying a number: 6.3 is said as six point three
10. ) count one of the 32 marks on a COMPASS that show direction
11. ) count BRITISH an electrical OUTLET
at some point
at some moment in time that is not made specific:
At some point I decided she was no longer my friend.
beside the point
not relevant to what is happening or being said right now:
Your remarks are unnecessary and beside the point.
come/get to the point
to stop talking about unimportant details and say what is most important:
We haven't got all day, so please get to the point.
I see/take your point or point taken
used for saying that you understand what someone is trying to say, especially when you disagree with it
make a point of doing something
to be certain that you do something, usually in an obvious way:
From then on he made a point of avoiding her.
make/prove your point
to prove that you are right about something:
Okay, you've made your point there's no need to keep going on about it.
miss the point
to fail to understand something:
She missed the point entirely and thought I was blaming her.
on the point of doing something
about to do something:
We were on the point of leaving when the phone rang.
the point of no return
the moment at which it becomes impossible to change or stop something:
I had now reached the point of no return in my marriage.
a sore point
something that tends to annoy you or make you angry:
How to divide the housework became a sore point between them.
to the point
relevant and worth paying attention to:
I think his suggestions are completely to the point and should be heard.
more to the point: She's very nice and, more to the point, she's very good at her job.
up to a point
to some degree, but not completely:
Self-expression is good up to a point, but you can't just let these kids run wild.
you've got a point or that's a point
used for showing that you think someone has made an important statement:
You've got a point. If we're going to work overtime, they're going to have to pay us a lot more money.
point 2 [ pɔınt ] verb ***
▸ 1 show with finger etc.
▸ 2 show with sign/symbol
▸ 3 aim object at someone/something
▸ 4 show someone what to do
▸ 5 stretch toes
▸ 6 repair wall
1. ) intransitive or transitive to show something by holding out your finger or a long thin object:
Don't point. They'll know we're looking at them.
He pointed his stick in the direction of the bird.
point at: She pointed at the ice cream that she wanted.
point to: He pointed to the dog as it ran toward them.
2. ) intransitive to show a particular direction or place, usually using a sign or symbol:
The arrow pointed left toward the exit door.
Is the little hand on the clock pointing to 3 or 4?
3. ) transitive to aim an object at someone or something:
All you have to do is point the camera and shoot.
point something at/toward someone/something: He pointed his rifle at the deer and pulled the trigger.
4. ) intransitive or transitive to show someone the direction in which they should go:
Could you point me in the direction of the lobby?
a ) to show someone what they should do:
The results of the study will point toward areas for further research.
a great thinker who was pointing the way to the future
5. ) intransitive or transitive to stretch your toes as if you were trying to make them form a straight line with your leg
6. ) transitive to repair a wall by putting new CEMENT or MORTAR between the stones or bricks
point the/a finger (at someone)
to accuse someone or suggest that they are guilty of something bad
,point `out phrasal verb transitive
1. ) to show someone who a person is or where something is:
He pointed out the best beaches on the map.
2. ) to tell someone something:
Thank you for pointing that out.
point out that: He pointed out that we had two hours of free time before dinner.
`point to phrasal verb transitive
to show the truth or importance of something:
The evidence clearly points to her guilt.
,point `up phrasal verb transitive FORMAL
to emphasize something:
Her research points up the difficulty of finding a solution.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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