The Full Wiki

point: Wikis

Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.


Point may refer to:





Mathematics, finance, and science

  • Point (geometry), an entity that has a location in space or on a plane, but has no extent
    • a shape that is indivisible
  • Point (mortgage), a percentage sometimes referred to as a form of pre-paid interest used to reduce interest rates in a mortgage loan
  • Basis point, 1/100 of one percent, denoted bp, bps, and
  • Pivot point, a price level of significance in analysis of a financial market that is used as a predictive indicator of market movement
  • 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
  • Point color, animal fur coloration of the extremities

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
  • 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 cm, used for shoe sizes
  • A measurement used in hunting, referring to the number of antler tips on the hunted animal (e.g.: 9 point buck)




See also


Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

Wikipedia has an article on:




Most common English words: number « alone « body « #345: point » letter » become » became


From Middle English point, from Old French point (a point, dot, full stop, period, speck, hole, stitch, point of time, moment, difficulty, etc.), from Latin punctum (a point, puncture), prop. a hole punched in, substantive use of punctus, perfect passive participle of pungō (I prick, punch). Displaced native Middle English ord "point" (from Old English ord "point").





point (plural points)

  1. A location or place.
    We should meet at a pre-arranged point.
  2. (geometry) A zero-dimensional mathematical object representing a location in one or more dimensions.
  3. A particular moment in an event or occurrence.
    There comes a point in a marathon when some people give up.
    At this point in the meeting, I'd like to propose a new item for the agenda.
  4. The sharp tip of an object.
    Cut the skin with the point of the knife.
  5. A peninsula.
  6. (backgammon) One of the twelve triangular positions in either table of a backgammon board, on which the stones are played.
  7. (arithmetic) A decimal point (used when reading decimal fractions aloud).
    10.5 ("ten point five"; = ten and a half)
  8. An opinion which adds (or supposedly adds) to the discussion; the most important essential in a discussion or matter.
    David made a valuable point about the strengths of our competitors.
    The Congress debated the finer points of the bill.
  9. (gaming) A unit of measure of success or failure in a game or competition; the unit of scoring.
    The one with the most points will win the game
    Germany awarded Greece the maximum 12 points in the Eurovision Song Contest.
  10. An extremity of an animal.
    The point color of that cat was a deep, rich sable.
  11. (cricket) a fielding position square of the wicket on the off side, between gully and cover.
  12. The position at the front or vanguard of an advancing force.
    • 2005, Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home: America in the Great Stoned Age, 1945–2000, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-0-7432-3011-6, page 189:
      Willie Jones decided to become Kimani Jones, Black Panther, on the day his best friend, Otis Nicholson, stepped on a mine while walking point during a sweep in the central highlands.
  13. (nautical) An angle equivalent to eleven and a quarter degrees, that is 1/32 of a circle. Most commonly used to indicate a relative bearing to an object or vessel, but can be used to describe a compass bearing.
  14. A compass point.
  15. (typography) a unit of measure equal to 1/12 of a pica, or approximately 1/72 of an inch (exactly 1/72 of an inch in the digital era).
  16. The purpose of something.
    Since the decision has already been made, I see little point in further discussion.


See also

Derived terms

Related terms


The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Help:How to check translations.


to point

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to point (third-person singular simple present points, present participle pointing, simple past and past participle pointed)

  1. (intransitive) To extend the index finger in the direction of something in order to show where it is or to draw attention to it.
    It's rude to point at other people.
  2. (transitive) To direct or encourage (someone) in a particular direction
    If he asks for food, point him toward the refrigerator.
  3. (transitive) In a computer program, to direct the central processing unit to seek information at a certain location in memory.
  4. (transitive) On the Internet, to direct requests sent to a domain name to the IP address corresponding to that domain name.

Derived terms


External links

  • point in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • point in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911




Middle French poinct, from Latin punctus



point m. (plural points)

  1. point (small mark)
  2. (sports, games) point
  3. full stop, period (punctuation mark)

Derived terms


ne ... point

  1. (literary) not
    Ne craignez point - Fear not




  1. Past participle of poindre.
  2. third-person singular present indicative of poindre.


  • Anagrams of inopt
  • piton

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

Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address