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Point may refer to:


Engineering and technology


Mathematics and science

  • Point (geometry), an entity that has a location in space or on a plane, but has no extent
  • Stationary point or turning point, a point in a set of inputs to a function where the output ceases to change
  • Point, a data element in a SCADA system representing a single input or output
  • Pivot point, a price level of significance in analysis of a financial market that is used as a predictive indicator of market movement


Measurement units

  • Point (typography), a measurement used in printing, the meaning of which has changed over time
  • Point (gemstone), 2 milligrams, or one hundredth of a carat
  • Basis point, 1/100 of one percent, denoted bp, bps, and
  • Compass point, one of the 32 directions on a traditional compass, equal to one eighth of a right angle (11.25 degrees)
  • Point, for describing paper-stock thickness, a synonym of mil and thou (one thousandth of an inch)
  • Paris point, 2/3 mm, used for shoe sizes
  • Point, a unit of scoring in some sports and games:
  • A measurement used in hunting, referring to the number of antler tips on the hunted animal (e.g.: 9 point buck)
  • Point (mortgage), a percentage sometimes referred to as a form of pre-paid interest used to reduce interest rates in a mortgage loan




See also

  • The Point (disambiguation)
  • Pointing (disambiguation)
  • Endpoint (disambiguation)
  • All pages beginning with "Point"
  • All pages with titles containing "Point"


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The RPG spoof Great Cave Offensive from Kirby Super Star

Points, are, basically, numbers. Points are how many of something you have. It's an oddly universal term that's rarely used the way it's used in video games anywhere outside of video games.

Points are units of a surreal concept that typically cannot be measured in numbers.

Examples of points

  • Score - When points go towards the a score they are units used to measure how well the player is playing the game. A 'high score' is a record of the most points the player has ever been able to accumulate.
  • Hit points - Hit points, or HP, represent a character's vitality. Usually, hit points mean nothing unless they are at zero. When hit points reach zero the character (usually) dies. 'Max HP' is the most amount of hit points a character can have at any given time. When a character loses HP, the amount it lost is usually called 'damage'.
  • Magic Points - Magic points, or MP, represent the character's diminishing ability to cast magic. In more recent games, MP is also consumed by non-magic attacks, and has sort of become more representative of stamina than anything. MP is often called stamina or mana but usually serves the same purpose. Casting spells or using abilities costs MP, if the character doesn't have enough MP to cast the spell, they usually cannot cast it. Sometimes it is referred to as Mana.
  • Statistic Points - In RPGs, character statistics (often called 'stats') like Strength, Agility, and Intelligence are measured in points. They are usually connected to the character's "level," also represented numerically.
  • Experience Points - Also in RPGs, experience points, or more simply "experience," (or even more simply EXP) comes from defeating enemies or accomplishing significant goals (sometimes referred to in-game as "quests"). When a character nets enough experience points, his level increases, as do his statistics (see above).

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Simple English

The English Wiktionary has a dictionary definition (meanings of a word) for:

Point can refer to:

  • Point and counterpoint, meaning or purpose, especially in a discussion or dispute
  • Point of order, a matter raised during a debate concerning the rules of debating themselves
  • Point (geometry), an entity that has a location in space or a plane but no extent
  • Point man, the lead soldier or vehicle in a patrol
  • Basis point, 1/100th of one percent, denoted bp, bps, or ‱
  • Point (typography), a measurement used in printing, the meaning of which has changed over time
  • In typography, a dot character (e.g.: full stop, interpunct), decimal point)
  • Point (coat color), fur coloration of the extremities, in animals
  • Point (gemstone) (2 mg) or one-hundredth of a carat
  • Point (mortgage), one percent of the loan amount
  • Points, a railroad switch (British English)
  • Points, contact breaker in an ignition system
  • Point system, a system of demerits for driving offenses
  • Taking point, being the lead element in a military formation
  • Vowel points: niqqud for Hebrew language; harakat for Arabic
  • Point Music, a record label
  • Point (landform)
  • Projectile point, a hafted archaeological artifact used as a knife or projectile tip
  • Unit of length
  • Le Point, a French weekly news magazine
  • Point (album), a 2001 album by Cornelius
  • Also see The Point

In navigation:

  • Compass point, one of the 32 directions on a traditional compass
  • Point, one eighth of a right angle (11.25 degrees).
  • Points of sail, a sailing boat's course in relation to wind direction


  • Point, Outer Hebrides, a district of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland
  • Points, West Virginia
  • Palmer Trinity School, a high school in Palmetto Bay, Florida

In sports and games:

  • Point, a unit of scoring in some sports and games
    • Point (basketball), units obtained by scoring baskets during a game
    • Point (tennis), the smallest unit of scoring in tennis
    • Point (ice hockey), a goal or assist a player earns during a game
  • Point, a fielding position in cricket
  • The point (ice hockey), the location of an ice hockey player
  • Point guard, in basketball

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