point

When you go through airport security these days, you have to take anything with a point out of your carry-on bag. A point is any sharp or tapered end.

A sharpened pencil has a point, as does the end of an umbrella. The noun point has a dizzying number of different definitions, including a punctuation mark, a unit of scoring in a game, a moment in time, and the essential meaning or purpose of something. Point is a verb too, meaning to gesture with your finger, to emphasize, or to make something into the shape of a point. The original meaning of point was "a dot," from the Latin pungere, "prick or pierce".

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: point

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nv
a distinguishing or individuating characteristic
be a signal for or a symptom of
2
vn
indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively
the precise location of something; a spatially limited location
3
nv
a geometric element that has position but no extension
mark with diacritics
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nv
sharp end
give a point to
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n
a linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch
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v
sail close to the wind
7
v
repair the joints of bricks
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: point
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n a distinguishing or individuating characteristic

“he knows my bad points as well as my good points”
Types:
selling point
a characteristic of something that is up for sale that makes it attractive to potential customers
Type of:
characteristic
a distinguishing quality

n an outstanding characteristic

“his acting was one of the high points of the movie”
Synonyms:
spot
Type of:
characteristic
a distinguishing quality

n a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list

“the main point on the agenda was taken up first”
Synonyms:
item
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agenda item
one of the items to be considered
incidental
an item that is incidental
inventory item
an item listed in an inventory
line item
an item in an appropriation bill
news item
an item in a newspaper
place, position
an item on a list or in a sequence
postposition
(linguistics) the placing of one linguistic element after another (as placing a modifier after the word that it modifies in a sentence or placing an affix after the base to which it is attached)
preposition
(linguistics) the placing of one linguistic element before another (as placing a modifier before the word it modifies in a sentence or placing an affix before the base to which it is attached)
factoid
a brief (usually one sentence and usually trivial) news item
Type of:
component, component part, constituent, part, portion
something determined in relation to something that includes it

n an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole

“a point of information”
Synonyms:
detail, item
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minutia
a small or minor detail
nook and cranny, nooks and crannies
something remote
regard, respect
(usually preceded by `in') a detail or point
sticking point
a point at which an impasse arises in progress toward an agreement or a goal
technicality, trifle, triviality
a detail that is considered insignificant
Type of:
fact
a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred

n a brief version of the essential meaning of something

“get to the point
“he missed the point of the joke”
“life has lost its point
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bottom line
the decisive point
crux, crux of the matter
the most important point
rallying point
a point or principle on which scattered or opposing groups can come together
talking point
an especially persuasive point helping to support an argument or discussion
alpha and omega
the basic meaning of something; the crucial part
Type of:
import, meaning, significance, signification
the message that is intended or expressed or signified

n the object of an activity

“what is the point of discussing it?”
Type of:
aim, object, objective, target
the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)

n a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process

Synonyms:
degree, level, stage
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ladder
ascending stages by which somebody or something can progress
acme, elevation, height, meridian, peak, pinnacle, summit, superlative, tiptop, top
the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
extent
the point or degree to which something extends
end point, resultant
the final point in a process
standard of life, standard of living
a level of material comfort in terms of goods and services available to someone or some group
plane
a level of existence or development
state of the art
the highest degree of development of an art or technique at a particular time
ultimacy, ultimateness
the state or degree of being ultimate; the final or most extreme in degree or size or time or distance, "the ultimacy of these social values"
quickening
the stage of pregnancy at which the mother first feels the movements of the fetus
climax
the most severe stage of a disease
extremity
the greatest or utmost degree
profoundness
extremeness of degree
Type of:
state
the way something is with respect to its main attributes

n any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass

“he checked the point on his compass”
Synonyms:
compass point
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cardinal compass point
one of the four main compass points
NbE, north by east
the compass point that is one point east (clockwise) of due north
NNE, nor'-nor'-east, north northeast
the compass point that is midway between north and northeast
NEbN, northeast by north
the compass point that is one point north of northeast
NE, nor'-east, northeast, northeastward
the compass point midway between north and east; at 45 degrees
NEbE, northeast by east
the compass point that is one point east of northeast
ENE, east northeast
the compass point midway between northeast and east
EbN, east by north
the compass point that is one point north of due east
EbS, east by south
the compass point that is one point south of due east
ESE, east southeast
the compass point midway between east and southeast
SEbE, southeast by east
the compass point that is one point east of southeast
SE, sou'-east, southeast, southeastward
the compass point midway between south and east; at 135 degrees
SEbS, southeast by south
the compass point that is one point south of southeast
SSE, sou'-sou'-east, south southeast
the compass point midway between south and southeast
SbE, south by east
the compass point that is one point east of due south
SbW, south by west
the compass point that is one point west of due south
SSW, sou'-sou'-west, south southwest
the compass point midway between south and southwest
SWbS, southwest by south
the compass point that is one point south of southwest
SW, sou'-west, southwest, southwestward
the compass point midway between south and west; at 225 degrees
SWbW, southwest by west
the compass point that is one point west of southwest
WSW, west southwest
the compass point midway between west and southwest
WbS, west by south
the compass point that is one point south of due west
WbN, west by north
the compass point that is one point north of due west
WNW, west northwest
the compass point midway between west and northwest
NWbW, northwest by west
the compass point that is one point west of northwest
NW, nor'-west, northwest, northwestward
the compass point midway between north and west; at 315 degrees
NWbN, northwest by north
the compass point that is one point north of northwest
NNW, nor'-nor'-west, north northwest
the compass point that is midway between north and northwest
NbW, north by west
the compass point that is one point west of due north
N, due north, north, northward
the cardinal compass point that is at 0 or 360 degrees
E, due east, east, eastward
the cardinal compass point that is at 90 degrees
S, due south, south, southward
the cardinal compass point that is at 180 degrees
W, due west, west, westward
the cardinal compass point that is a 270 degrees
Type of:
direction
the spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves

n one percent of the total principal of a loan; it is paid at the time the loan is made and is independent of the interest on the loan

Type of:
loan
the temporary provision of money (usually at interest)

n an instant of time

“at that point I had to leave”
Synonyms:
point in time
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distance
a remote point in time
date, particular date
a particular but unspecified point in time
deadline
the point in time at which something must be completed
arrival time, time of arrival
the time at which a public conveyance is scheduled to arrive at a given destination
departure time, time of departure
the time at which a public conveyance is scheduled to depart from a given point of origin
midterm
middle of an academic term or a political term in office
full term, term
the end of gestation or point at which birth is imminent
midterm
the middle of the gestation period
instant, minute, moment, second
a particular point in time
run-time
the time at which a (software or multimedia) program is run
beginning, commencement, first, get-go, kickoff, offset, outset, showtime, start, starting time
the time at which something is supposed to begin
middle
time between the beginning and the end of a temporal period
end, ending
the point in time at which something ends
phase, phase angle
a particular point in the time of a cycle; measured from some arbitrary zero and expressed as an angle
show time
the point in time at which an entertainment (a movie or television show etc.) is scheduled to begin
then
that time; that moment
climax, culmination
the decisive moment in a novel or play
birth
the time when something begins (especially life)
incipience, incipiency
beginning to exist or to be apparent
death, last
the time at which life ends; continuing until dead
death, demise, dying
the time when something ends
period
the end or completion of something
curfew
the time that the curfew signal is sounded
checkout, checkout time
the latest time for vacating a hotel room
year-end
the end of a calendar year
eleventh hour, last minute
the latest possible moment
moment of truth
a crucial moment on which much depends
moment of truth
the moment in a bullfight when the matador kills the bull
pinpoint
a very brief moment
time
a suitable moment
psychological moment
the most appropriate time for achieving a desired effect
starting point, terminus a quo
earliest limiting point
deep
the central and most intense or profound part
close, conclusion, finale, finis, finish, last, stopping point
the temporal end; the concluding time
cease
(`cease' is a noun only in the phrase `without cease') end
fag end, tail, tail end
the time of the last part of something
last gasp
the point of death or exhaustion or completion
expiration, expiry, termination
a coming to an end of a contract period
limit, terminal point, terminus ad quem
final or latest limiting point
threshold
the starting point for a new state or experience
Type of:
amount, measure, quantity
how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify

n the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest

“he scored 20 points in the first half”
“a touchdown counts 6 points
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extra point, point after, point after touchdown
in American football a point awarded for a successful place kick following a touchdown
advantage
(tennis) first point scored after deuce
set point
(tennis) the final point needed to win a set in tennis
match point
(tennis) the final point needed to win a match (especially in tennis)
Type of:
unit, unit of measurement
any division of quantity accepted as a standard of measurement or exchange

n a style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect

Type of:
relevance, relevancy
the relation of something to the matter at hand

v be a signal for or a symptom of

“Her behavior points to a severe neurosis”
Synonyms:
bespeak, betoken, indicate, signal
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augur, auspicate, betoken, bode, forecast, foreshadow, foretell, omen, portend, predict, prefigure, presage, prognosticate
indicate by signs
mark
designate as if by a mark
threaten
to be a menacing indication of something:"The clouds threaten rain"
blaze
indicate by marking trees with blazes
dimension
indicate the dimensions on
signpost
mark with a signpost, as of a path
distinguish, signalise, signalize
make conspicuous or noteworthy
buoy
mark with a buoy
foreshow
foretell by divine inspiration
Type of:
tell
let something be known

v mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes

Type of:
label, mark, tag
attach a tag or label to
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v indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively

“He pointed to the empty parking space”
Synonyms:
designate, indicate, show
Types:
finger
indicate the fingering for the playing of musical scores for keyboard instruments
call attention, point out, signalise, signalize
point out carefully and clearly
reflect
manifest or bring back
Type of:
inform
impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

v be oriented

“The weather vane points North”
“the dancers toes pointed outward”
Synonyms:
orient
Type of:
lie
be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

v direct into a position for use

point a gun”
Synonyms:
charge, level
Type of:
aim, direct, take, take aim, train
point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards

v direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

Synonyms:
channelise, channelize, direct, guide, head, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, steer
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dock
maneuver into a dock
sheer
cause to sheer
pull over
steer a vehicle to the side of the road
helm
be at or take the helm of
crab
direct (an aircraft) into a crosswind
navigate
direct carefully and safely
stand out
steer away from shore, of ships
starboard
turn to the right, of helms or rudders
conn
conduct or direct the steering of a ship or plane
navigate, pilot
act as the navigator in a car, plane, or vessel and plan, direct, plot the path and position of the conveyance
canalise, canalize, channel
direct the flow of
corner, tree
force a person or an animal into a position from which he cannot escape
park
maneuver a vehicle into a parking space
dry-dock, drydock
maneuver (a ship) into a drydock
astrogate
guide in interplanetary travel
angle-park
park at an angle
parallel-park
park directly behind another vehicle
double-park
park a vehicle alongside another
Type of:
command, control
exercise authoritative control or power over

v intend (something) to move towards a certain goal

Synonyms:
aim, direct, place, target
Types:
address
direct a question at someone
home in, range in, zero in
direct onto a point or target, especially by automatic navigational aids
Type of:
aim, direct, take, take aim, train
point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards

v indicate the presence of (game) by standing and pointing with the muzzle

“the dog pointed the dead duck”
Type of:
designate, indicate, show
indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively

v be positionable in a specified manner

“The gun points with ease”
Synonyms
charge, level
direct into a position for use
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

n the precise location of something; a spatially limited location

“she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street”
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Holy Sepulcher
the sepulcher in which Christ's body lay between burial and resurrection
north celestial pole
the celestial pole above the northern hemisphere; near Polaris
North Pole
the northernmost point of the Earth's axis
South Pole
the southernmost point of the Earth's axis
south celestial pole
the celestial pole above the southern hemisphere
Durazzo
port city in western Albania on the Adriatic
Algerian capital
an ancient port on the Mediterranean; the capital and largest city of Algeria
Annaba
a port city of northeastern Algeria near the Tunisian border
Oran
a port city in northwestern Algeria and the country's 2nd largest city
Angolan capital
port city on Atlantic coast; the capital and largest city of Angola
Lobito
a seaport on the Atlantic coast of Angola
Bahia Blanca
a port city in eastern Argentina to the southwest of Buenos Aires on an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean
capital of Argentina
capital and largest city of Argentina; located in eastern Argentina near Uruguay; Argentina's chief port and industrial and cultural center
Varna
a port city in northeastern Bulgaria on the Black Sea
Mawlamyine
a port city of southern Myanmar on the Gulf of Martaban
Antofagasta
a port city on the Pacific in northern Chile
Valparaiso
the chief port and second largest city of Chile; located on a wide harbor in central Chile
Guangzhou
a city on the Zhu Jiang delta in southern China; the capital of Guangdong province and a major deep-water port
Dairen
a port and shipbuilding center in northeastern China on the Liaodong Peninsula; now a part of Luda
Port Arthur
a major port city in northeastern China on the Liaodong Peninsula; now a part of Luda
Shanghai
the largest city of China; located in the east on the Pacific; one of the largest ports in the world
Hong Kong
formerly a Crown Colony on the coast of southern China in Guangdong province; leased by China to Britain in 1842 and returned in 1997; one of the world's leading commercial centers
Barranquilla
a port city of northern Colombia near the Caribbean on the Magdalena River
Cartagena
a port city in northwestern Colombia on the Caribbean
Aspinwall
a port city at the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal
Acapulco de Juarez
a port and fashionable resort city on the Pacific coast of southern Mexico; known for beaches and water sports (including cliff diving)
Mazatlan
a port city in western Mexico on the Pacific Ocean; tourist center
Tampico
a port city in eastern Mexico
Veracruz
a major Mexican port on the Gulf of Mexico in the state of Veracruz
Santiago de Cuba
a port city in southeastern Cuba; industrial center
Montego Bay
port and resort city in northwestern Jamaica
capital of Barbados
capital of Barbados; a port city on the southwestern coast of Barbados
Cotonou
chief port of Benin on the Bight of Benin
Aarhus
port city of Denmark in eastern Jutland
Aalborg
a city and port in northern Jutland
capital of Djibouti
port city on the Gulf of Aden; the capital and largest city of Djibouti
capital of Norway
the capital and largest city of Norway; the country's main port; located at the head of a fjord on Norway's southern coast
Bergen
a port city in southwestern Norway
Stavanger
a port city in southwestern Norway; center for shipbuilding industry
Trondheim
a port in central Norway on Trondheim Fjord
Malmo
a port in southern Sweden
Gothenburg
a port in southwestern Sweden; second largest city in Sweden
Bremerhaven
a port city in northwestern Germany at the mouth of the Weser River on the North Sea; has a deep natural harbor and is an important shipping center
Hamburg
a port city in northern Germany on the Elbe River that was founded by Charlemagne in the 9th century and is today the largest port in Germany; in 1241 it formed an alliance with Lubeck that became the basis for the Hanseatic League
Hannover
a port city in northwestern Germany; formerly a member of the Hanseatic League
Massawa
a port town in Eritrea on an inlet of the Red Sea
capital of Finland
the capital and largest city of Finland; located in southern Finland; a major port and commercial and cultural center
Maarianhamina
a town that is the chief port of the Aland islands
Korinthos
the modern Greek port near the site of the ancient city that was second only to Athens
Patrai
a port city in western Greece in the northwestern Peloponnese on an inlet of the Ionian Sea; was a major trade center from the 5th century BC to the 3rd century BC; commercial importance revived during the Middle Ages
Thessalonica
a port city in northeastern Greece on an inlet of the Aegean Sea; second largest city of Greece
Accho
a town and port in northwestern Israel in the eastern Mediterranean
Caesarea
an ancient seaport in northwestern Israel; an important Roman city in ancient Palestine
Haifa
a major port in northwestern Israel
Jaffa
a port in western Israel on the Mediterranean; incorporated into Tel Aviv in 1950
Naples
a port and tourist center in southwestern Italy; capital of the Campania region
Messina
a port city in northeastern Sicily on the Strait of Messina
Brindisi
a port city in southeastern Apulia in Italy; a center for the Crusades in the Middle Ages
La Spezia
a port city in Liguria on an arm of the Ligurian Sea; a major seaport and year-round resort
Palermo
the capital of Sicily; located in northwestern Sicily; an important port for 3000 years
Dubrovnik
a port city in southwestern Croatia on the Adriatic; a popular tourist center
Victoria
capital of the Canadian province of British Columbia on Vancouver Island
Vancouver
a port city in southwestern British Columbia on an arm of the Pacific Ocean opposite Vancouver Island; Canada's chief Pacific port and third largest city
Saint John
a port in eastern Canada; the largest city in New Brunswick
Saint John's
a port and provincial capital of Newfoundland
Hamilton
a port city in southeastern Ontario at the western end of Lake Ontario
Thunder Bay
a port city in Ontario on Lake Superior
Hobart
a port and state capital of Tasmania
Chittagong
a port city and industrial center in southeastern Bangladesh on the Bay of Bengal
Antwerpen
a busy port and financial center in northern Belgium on the Scheldt river; it has long been a center for the diamond industry and the first stock exchange was opened there in 1460
Ghent
port city in northwestern Belgium and industrial center; famous for cloth industry
St. Mary of Bethlehem
port city in northern Brazil in the Amazon delta; main port and commercial center for the Amazon River basin
Natal
a port city in northeastern Brazil
Pernambuco
a port city of northeastern Brazil on the Atlantic
Santos
a port city in southwestern Brazil on an offshore island near Sao Paulo
Kingston-upon Hull
a large fishing port in northeastern England
Liverpool
a large city in northwestern England; its port is the country's major outlet for industrial exports
Bristol
an industrial city and port in southwestern England near the mouth of the River Avon
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
a port city in northeastern England on the River Tyne; a center for coal exports (giving rise to the expression `carry coals to Newcastle' meaning to do something unnecessary)
Portsmouth
a port city in southern England on the English Channel; Britain's major naval base
Sunderland
a port and industrial city in northeastern England
capital of Ireland
capital and largest city and major port of the Irish Republic
Cork
a port city in southern Ireland
Galway
a port city in western Ireland on Galway Bay
Limerick
port city in southwestern Ireland
Waterford
a port city in southern Ireland; famous for glass industry
Ayr
a port in southwestern Scotland
Glasgow
largest city in Scotland; a port on the Clyde in west central Scotland; one of the great shipbuilding centers of the world
Newport
a port city in southeastern Wales
Swansea
a port city in southern Wales on an inlet of the Bristol Channel
El Iskandriyah
the chief port of Egypt; located on the western edge of the Nile delta on the Mediterranean Sea; founded by Alexander the Great; the capital of ancient Egypt
Egyptian capital
the capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa; a major port just to the south of the Nile delta; formerly the home of the Pharaohs
Samarang
a port city is southern Indonesia; located in northern Java
Abadan
a port city in southwestern Iran
Basia
the second largest city in Iraq; an oil port in southern Iraq
Osaka
port city on southern Honshu on Osaka Bay; a commercial and industrial center of Japan
Yokohama
port city on southeastern Honshu in central Japan
Kobe
a port city in Japan on Osaka Bay in southern Honshu; was damaged by an earthquake in 1995
Hiroshima
a port city on the southwestern coast of Honshu in Japan; on August 6, 1945 Hiroshima was almost completely destroyed by the first atomic bomb dropped on a populated area
Nagasaki
a city in southern Japan on Kyushu; a leading port and shipbuilding center; on August 9, 1945 Nagasaki became the second populated area to receive an atomic bomb
Kisumu
a port city in western Kenya on the northeastern shore of Lake Victoria; fishing and trading center
Mombasa
a port city in southern Kenya on a coral island in a bay of the Indian Ocean
Bordeaux
a port city in southwestern France; a major center of the wine trade
Brest
a port city in northwestern France (in Brittany); the chief naval station of France
Calais
a town in northern France on the Strait of Dover that serves as a ferry port to England; in 1347 it was captured by the English king Edward III after a long siege and remained in English hands until it was recaptured by the French king Henry II in 1558
Cannes
a port and resort city on the French Riviera; site of an annual film festival
Cherbourg
a port town in northwestern France on the English Channel; site of a naval base
Dunkerque
a seaport in northern France on the North Sea; scene of the evacuation of British forces in 1940 during World War II
Le Havre
a port city in northern France on the English Channel at the mouth of the Seine
Marseilles
a port city in southeastern France on the Mediterranean
Nantes
a port city in western France on the Loire estuary
Toulon
a port city and naval base in southeastern France on the Mediterranean coast
capital of Gambia
a port city and capital of Gambia
capital of Guinea
a port and the capital of Guinea
Georgetown
port city and the capital and largest city of Guyana
capital of Iceland
the capital and chief port of Iceland on the southwestern coast of Iceland; buildings are heated by natural hot water
Chemulpo
a port city in western South Korea on the Yellow Sea
Pusan
a city in southeastern South Korea on the Korean Strait; the chief port and second largest city
Tarabulus Ash-Sham
a port city and commercial center in northwestern Lebanon on the Mediterranean Sea
Tyre
a port in southern Lebanon on the Mediterranean Sea; formerly a major Phoenician seaport famous for silks
capital of Liberia
the capital and chief port and largest city of Liberia
Benghazi
port in northern Libya on the Gulf of Sidra; formerly a joint capital of Libya with Tripoli
Port Louis
capital and chief port of Mauritius; located on the northwestern coast of the island
Casablanca
a port on the Atlantic and the largest city of Morocco
Beira
a port city in eastern Mozambique on the Mozambique Channel
Auckland
the largest city and principal port of New Zealand
Lagos
chief port and economic center of Nigeria; located in southwestern Nigeria on the Gulf of Guinea; former capital of Nigeria
capital of Oman
a port on the Gulf of Oman and capital of the sultanate of Oman
capital of Paraguay
the capital and chief port of Paraguay
Danzig
a port city of northern Poland near the mouth of the Vistula River on a gulf of the Baltic Sea; a member of the Hanseatic League in the 14th century
capital of Portugal
capital and largest city and economic and cultural center of Portugal; a major port in western Portugal on Tagus River where it broadens and empties into the Atlantic
Oporto
port city in northwest Portugal; noted for port wine
Setubal
a port city on the Atlantic coast of Portugal to the southeast of Lisbon
capital of Qatar
the capital and chief port of Qatar
Castries
a port on the island of Saint Lucia; capital and largest city of Saint Lucia
Pango Pango
a port in American Samoa
Jed'dah
port city in western Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea; near Mecca
capital of Senegal
the capital and chief port and largest city of Senegal
capital of Seychelles
port city and the capital of Seychelles
capital of Sierra Leone
port city and the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone
capital of Somalia
the capital and largest city of Somalia; a port on the Indian Ocean
Cape Town
port city in southwestern South Africa; the seat of the legislative branch of the government of South Africa
Durban
a port city in eastern South Africa on the Indian Ocean; resort and industrial center
Murmansk
a port city in northwestern Russia on the Kola Peninsula; the largest city to the north of the Arctic Circle; an important supply line to Russia in World War I and World War II
Rostov na Donu
a seaport on the Don River near the Sea of Azov in the European part of Russia
capital of Estonia
a port city on the Gulf of Finland that is the capital and largest city of Estonia
capital of Latvia
a port city on the Gulf of Riga that is the capital and largest city of Latvia; formerly a member of the Hanseatic League
Dneprodzerzhinsk
port city and industrial center in east central Ukraine on the Dnieper River
Odessa
a port city of south central Ukraine on an arm of the Black Sea
capital of Azerbaijan
a port city on the Caspian Sea that is the capital of Azerbaijan and an important center for oil production
Barcelona
a city in northeastern Spain on the Mediterranean; 2nd largest Spanish city and the largest port and commercial center; has been a center for radical political beliefs
Cadiz
an ancient port city in southwestern Spain
Cartagena
a port in southeastern Spain on the Mediterranean
Malaga
a port city and resort in Andalusia in southern Spain on the Mediterranean
Sevilla
a city in southwestern Spain; a major port and cultural center; the capital of bullfighting in Spain
Port Sudan
port city in Sudan on the Red Sea
capital of Suriname
the capital and largest city and major port of Surinam
Al Ladhiqiyah
a seaport on the western coast of Syria
capital of Tanzania
the capital and largest port city of Tanzania on the Indian Ocean
Tanga
a port city in northeastern Tanzania on the Indian Ocean
capital of Thailand
the capital and largest city and chief port of Thailand; a leading city in southeastern Asia; noted for Buddhist architecture
capital of Tunisia
the capital and principal port of Tunisia
Sousse
a port city in eastern Tunisia on the Mediterranean
Antalya
a port city in southwestern Turkey on the Gulf of Antalya
Smyrna
a port city in western Turkey
Dubai
port city in the United Arab Emirates on the Persian Gulf
Mobile
a port in southwestern Alabama on Mobile Bay
Valdez
a port on Alaska's southern coast from which oil is shipped to markets around the world
Nogales
a town in Arizona on the Mexican border opposite Nogales, Mexico
City of the Angels
a city in southern California; motion picture capital of the world; most populous city of California and second largest in the United States
Oakland
a city in western California on San Francisco Bay opposite San Francisco; primarily and industrial urban center
San Diego
a picturesque city of southern California on San Diego Bay near the Mexican border; site of an important naval base
San Francisco
a port in western California near the Golden Gate that is one of the major industrial and transportation centers; it has one of the world's finest harbors; site of the Golden Gate Bridge
Bridgeport
a port in southwestern Connecticut on Long Island Sound
Jacksonville
Florida's largest city; a port and important commercial center in northeastern Florida
Miami
a city and resort in southeastern Florida on Biscayne Bay; the best known city in Florida; a haven for retirees and a refuge for Cubans fleeing Castro
Panama City
a resort and fishing town on the Gulf of Mexico in northwest Florida
Tampa
a resort city in western Florida; located on Tampa Bay on the Gulf of Mexico
Brunswick
a town in southeast Georgia near the Atlantic coast; a port of entry
Columbus
a city in western Georgia on the Chattahoochee River; industrial center
Savannah
a port in eastern Georgia near the mouth of the Savannah river
capital of Hawaii
the capital and largest city of Hawaii; located on a large bay on the island of Oahu
Pearl Harbor
a harbor on Oahu to the west of Honolulu; location of a United States naval base that was attacked by the Japanese on 7 Dec 1941
Windy City
largest city in Illinois; a bustling Great Lakes port that extends 26 miles along the southwestern shoreline of Lake Michigan
Gary
a city in northwest Indiana on Lake Michigan; steel production
New Orleans
a port and largest city in Louisiana; located in southeastern Louisiana near the mouth of the Mississippi river; a major center for offshore drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico; jazz originated here among black musicians in the late 19th century; Mardi Gras is celebrated here each year
Baltimore
the largest city in Maryland; a major seaport and industrial center
Boston Harbor
the seaport at Boston
Alpena
a town in northern Michigan on an arm of Lake Huron
Motor City
the largest city in Michigan and a major Great Lakes port; center of the United States automobile industry; located in southeastern Michigan on the Detroit river across from Windsor
Houghton
a town in northwest Michigan on the Upper Peninsula
Saginaw
a town in east central Michigan on an arm of Lake Huron
Duluth
a city in northeast Minnesota on Lake Superior
Gateway to the West
the largest city in Missouri; a busy river port on the Mississippi River near its confluence with the Missouri River; was an important staging area for wagon trains westward in the 19th century
Portsmouth
a port town in southeastern New Hampshire on the Atlantic Ocean
Greater New York
the largest city in New York State and in the United States; located in southeastern New York at the mouth of the Hudson river; a major financial and cultural center
Portland
freshwater port and largest city in Oregon; located in northwestern Oregon on the Willamette River which divides the city into east and west sections; renowned for its beautiful natural setting among the mountains
Erie
a port city on Lake Erie in northwestern Pennsylvania
Charleston
a port city in southeastern South Carolina
Brownsville
a city in southern Texas on the Rio Grande near its mouth into the Gulf of Mexico; has a channel that accommodates oceangoing ships
Houston
the largest city in Texas; located in southeastern Texas near the Gulf of Mexico; site of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Laredo
a city in southern Texas on the Rio Grande
Newport News
a port city in southeastern Virginia at the mouth of the James River off Hampton Roads; large shipyards
Norfolk
port city located in southeastern Virginia on the Elizabeth River at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay; headquarters of the Atlantic fleet of the United States Navy
Portsmouth
a port city in southeastern Virginia on the Elizabeth River opposite Norfolk; naval base; shipyards
Aberdeen
a town in western Washington
Bellingham
a town in northwestern Washington on a bay near the Canadian border
Seattle
a major port of entry and the largest city in Washington; located in west central Washington on the protected waters of Puget Sound with the snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Range and Mount Ranier visible to the south and east; an aerospace and computer center; site of the University of Washington
Ciudad Bolivar
a port in eastern Venezuela on the Orinoco river
Cumana
a port city in northeastern Venezuela on the Caribbean Sea; founded in 1523, it is the oldest European settlement in South America
Maracaibo
a port city in northwestern Venezuela; a major oil center
Haiphong
a port city in northern Vietnam; industrial center
Aden
an important port of Yemen; located on the Gulf of Aden; its strategic location has made it a major trading center of southern Arabia since ancient times
Al-Hudaydah
an important port in Yemen on the Red Sea
Al-Mukalla
a port in southern Yemen on the Gulf of Aden to the east of Aden
Aconcagua
the highest mountain in the western hemisphere; located in the Andes in western Argentina (22,834 feet high)
Mount Adams
a mountain peak in southwestern Washington in the Cascade Range (12,307 feet high)
Adam's Peak
a mountain peak in south central Sri Lanka (7,360 feet high)
Ancohuma
a mountain peak in the Andes in Bolivia (20,960 feet high)
Annapurna
a mountain in the Himalayas in Nepal (26,500 feet high)
Mount Ararat
the mountain peak that Noah's ark landed on as the waters of the great flood receded
Bonete
a mountain in the Andes in Argentina (22,546 feet high)
Cachi
a mountain in the Andes in Argentina (22,047 feet high)
Changtzu
a mountain in the central Himalayas on the border of Tibet and Nepal (24,780 feet high)
Chimborazo
a mountain peak in the Andes in Ecuador (20,560 feet high)
Mount Communism
the highest mountain peak in the Pamir Mountains; near the Chinese border in northeastern Tajikistan (24,590 feet high)
Coropuna
a mountain peak in the Andes in Peru (21,083 feet high)
Dhaulagiri
a mountain in the Himalayas in Nepal (26,820 feet high)
El Libertador
a mountain in the Andes in Argentina (22,047 feet high)
El Muerto
a mountain peak in the Andes on the border between Argentina and Chile (21,457 feet high)
Mount Everest
a mountain in the central Himalayas on the border of Tibet and Nepal; the highest mountain peak in the world (29,028 feet high)
Galan
a mountain peak in the Andes in Argentina (21,654 feet high)
Gasherbrum
a mountain in northern Kashmir (26,470 feet high)
Gosainthan
a mountain in the Himalayas in Tibet (26,290 feet high)
Grand Teton
a mountain peak in northwestern Wyoming; the highest peak in the Teton Range (13,766 feet high)
Handies Peak
a mountain peak in the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado (14,048 feet high)
Huascaran
a mountain in the Andes in Peru (22,205 feet high)
Mount Hubbard
a mountain peak in southeastern Alaska that is part of the Coast Range (14,950 feet high)
Illampu
a mountain peak in the Andes in Bolivia (20,870 feet high)
Illimani
a mountain peak in the Andes in Bolivia (21,201 feet high)
Mount Godwin Austen
a mountain peak in the Karakoram Range in northern Kashmir; the 2nd highest peak in the world (28,250 feet high)
Kamet
a mountain in the Himalayas in northern India (25,450 feet high)
Mount Kanchenjunga
a mountain the Himalayas on the border between Nepal and Tibet (28,208 feet high)
Mount Kilimanjaro
the highest peak in Africa; located in northeastern Tanzania; 19,340 feet high
Laudo
a mountain peak in the Andes in Argentina (20,997 feet high)
Lhotse
a mountain in the central Himalayas on the border of Tibet and Nepal (27,890 feet high)
Llullaillaco
a mountain in the Andes on the border between Argentina and Chile (22,057 feet high)
Mount Logan
a mountain peak in the St. Elias Range in the southwestern Yukon Territory in Canada (19,850 feet high)
Makalu
a mountain in the Himalayas in Nepal (27,790 feet high)
Matterhorn
a mountain in the Alps on the border between Switzerland and Italy (14,780 feet high); noted for its distinctive shape
Mount McKinley
a mountain in south central Alaska; the highest peak in North America (20,300 feet high)
Mercedario
a mountain in the Andes in Argentina (22,210 feet high)
Monte Bianco
the highest mountain peak in the Alps; on the border between France and Italy to the south of Geneva (15,781 feet high)
Mount Bartle Frere
the highest mountain peak in Queensland, Australia
Mount Elbert
the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains in central Colorado (14,431 feet high)
Muztagh
a highest mountain peak in the Kunlun Shan in China; near the Indian border (23,891 feet high)
Nacimiento
a mountain peak in the Andes in Argentina (21,302 feet high)
Nanda Devi
a mountain in the Himalayas in northern India (25,660 feet high)
Nanga Parbat
a mountain in the Himalayas in Kashmir (26,660 feet high)
North Peak
19,370 feet high
Nuptse
a mountain in the central Himalayas on the border of Tibet and Nepal (25,726 feet high)
Ojos del Salado
a mountain in the Andes on the border between Argentina and Chile (22,572 feet high)
Mount Olympus
a mountain peak in northeast Greece near the Aegean coast; believed by ancient Greeks to be the dwelling place of the gods (9,570 feet high)
Mount Parnassus
(Greek mythology) a mountain in central Greece where (according to Greek mythology) the Muses lived; known as the mythological home of music and poetry
Pike's Peak
a mountain peak in the Rockies in central Colorado (14,109 feet high)
Pissis
a mountain in the Andes in Argentina (22,241 feet high)
Pobeda Peak
a mountain peak in the Tien Shan mountains in northern India (24,406 feet high)
Rakaposhi
a mountain peak in the Karakoram Range in northern Kashmir (25,560 feet high)
Mount Ranier
a mountain peak in central Washington; highest peak in the Cascade Range; (14,410 feet high)
Mount Rushmore
a mountain in the Black Hills of South Dakota; the likenesses of Washington and Jefferson and Lincoln and Roosevelt are carved on it
Sajama
a mountain peak in the Andes in Bolivia (21,391 feet high)
Mount Shasta
a volcanic mountain peak in the Cascade Range in northern California (14,162 feet high)
Mount Sherman
a peak in the Rocky Mountains in central Colorado (14,036 feet high)
Mount Sinai
a mountain peak in the southern Sinai Peninsula (7,500 feet high); it is believed to be the peak on which Moses received the Ten Commandments
Tirich Mir
a mountain in the Hindu Kush in Pakistan (25,230 feet high)
Tupungato
a mountain in the Andes on the border between Argentina and Chile (22,310 feet high)
Ulugh Muz Tagh
a mountain in the Kunlun range in China (25,340 feet high)
Uncompahgre Peak
the highest peak in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado (14,309 feet high)
Weisshorn
a mountain in the Alps in Switzerland (14,804 feet high)
Wheeler Peak
a mountain peak in northeastern New Mexico in the Rocky Mountains
Mount Whitney
the highest peak in the Sierra Nevada range in California (14,494 feet high)
Mount Wilson
a peak in the San Juan mountains of Colorado (14,246 feet high)
Yerupaja
a mountain peak in the Andes in Peru (21,709 feet high)
American Stock Exchange
a stock exchange in New York
Bourse
the stock exchange in Paris
Charlestown Navy Yard
the navy yard in Boston where the frigate `Constitution' is anchored
Mausoleum at Halicarnasus
a white marble mausoleum 140 feet high built in 352 BC at Halicarnassus as a memorial to a king; destroyed in 1402
New York Stock Exchange
a stock exchange in New York
Taj Mahal
beautiful mausoleum at Agra built by the Mogul emperor Shah Jahan (completed in 1649) in memory of his favorite wife
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punctum
(anatomy) a point or small area
blind spot, optic disc, optic disk
the point where the optic nerve enters the retina; not sensitive to light
belly button, bellybutton, navel, omphalos, omphalus, umbilicus
a scar where the umbilical cord was attached
McBurney's point
a point one third of the way along a line drawn from the hip to the umbilicus; the point of maximum sensitivity in acute appendicitis
node
(physics) the point of minimum displacement in a periodic system
antinode
(physics) the point of maximum displacement in a periodic system
beginning, origin, root, rootage, source
the place where something begins, where it springs into being
celestial point
a point in the heavens (on the celestial sphere)
center, centre, midpoint
a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure
crinion, trichion
point where the hairline meets the midpoint of the forehead
chokepoint
a point of congestion or blockage
corner
the point where two lines meet or intersect
crossing
a point where two lines (paths or arcs etc.) intersect
focus
a fixed reference point on the concave side of a conic section
geographic point, geographical point
a point on the surface of the Earth
ground zero
the point of detonation (or above or below) of a nuclear weapon
hot spot, hotspot
a point of relatively intense heat or radiation
midair
some point in the air; above ground level
abutment
point of contact between two objects or parts
place, position
the particular portion of space occupied by something
position
the appropriate or customary location
pressure point
any of several points on the body where the pulse can be felt and where pressure on an underlying artery will control bleeding from that artery at a more distal point
military position, position
a point occupied by troops for tactical reasons
corner
the point where three areas or surfaces meet or intersect
place, spot, topographic point
a point located with respect to surface features of some region
vanishing point
the point beyond which something disappears or ceases to exist
focal point, focus
a point of convergence of light (or other radiation) or a point from which it diverges
hilum
the scar on certain seeds marking its point of attachment to the funicle
focal point, focus, nidus
a central point or locus of an infection in an organism
bight
the middle part of a slack rope (as distinguished from its ends)
grave, tomb
a place for the burial of a corpse (especially beneath the ground and marked by a tombstone)
junction
the place where two or more things come together
work, workplace
a place where work is done
center of curvature, centre of curvature
the center of the circle of curvature
canthus
either of the corners of the eye where the upper and lower eyelids meet
address
the place where a person or organization can be found or communicated with
wing
(in flight formation) a position to the side and just to the rear of another aircraft
apex, apex of the sun's way, solar apex
the point on the celestial sphere toward which the sun and solar system appear to be moving relative to the fixed stars
antapex
the point opposite in direction from the solar apex; the point the solar system is moving away from
apoapsis, point of apoapsis
(astronomy) the point in an orbit farthest from the body being orbited
node
(astronomy) a point where an orbit crosses a plane
derivation
the source or origin from which something derives (i.e. comes or issues)
spring
a point at which water issues forth
fountainhead, head, headspring
the source of water from which a stream arises
headwater
the source of a river
wellhead, wellspring
the source of water for a well
jumping-off place, point of departure
a place from which an enterprise or expedition is launched
birthplace, place of birth
the place where someone was born
birthplace, cradle, place of origin, provenance, provenience
where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence
bowels
the center of the Earth
bull, bull's eye
the center of a target
equinoctial point, equinox
(astronomy) either of the two celestial points at which the celestial equator intersects the ecliptic
center of gravity, centre of gravity
the point within something at which gravity can be considered to act; in uniform gravity it is equal to the center of mass
center of mass, centre of mass
point representing the mean position of the matter in a body
core
the center of an object
navel, navel point
the center point or middle of something
polling place, polling station
a place where voters go to cast their votes in an election
confluence, meeting
a place where things merge or flow together (especially rivers)
culmination
(astronomy) a heavenly body's highest celestial point above an observer's horizon
end
one of two places from which people are communicating to each other
epicenter, epicentre
the point on the Earth's surface directly above the focus of an earthquake
ground
a position to be won or defended in battle (or as if in battle)
half-mast, half-staff
a position some distance below the top of a mast to which a flag is lowered in mourning or to signal distress
hiding place
a place suitable for hiding something (such as yourself)
heights, high
a high place
hole-in-the-wall
a small unpretentious out-of-the-way place
holy, holy place, sanctum
a sacred place of pilgrimage
home
place where something began and flourished
point source
a concentrated source (especially of radiation or pollution) that is spatially constricted
trail head, trailhead
the beginning of a trail
lead
(baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base
line
a fortified position (especially one marking the most forward position of troops)
magnetic pole
either of two points where the lines of force of the Earth's magnetic field are vertical
mecca
a place that attracts many visitors
nadir
the point below the observer that is directly opposite the zenith on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected
nesting place
a place suitable for nesting
nombril
the center point on a shield
overlook
a high place affording a good view
crest, crown, peak, summit, tip, top
the top or extreme point of something (usually a mountain or hill)
periapsis, point of periapsis
(astronomy) the point in an orbit closest to the body being orbited
pole
one of two antipodal points where the Earth's axis of rotation intersects the Earth's surface
celestial pole, pole
one of two points of intersection of the Earth's axis and the celestial sphere
pole position
the most favorable position at the start of a race
polls
the place where people vote
pride of place
the first or highest or most important or most ostentatious place
anomaly
(astronomy) position of a planet as defined by its angular distance from its perihelion (as observed from the sun)
site, situation
physical position in relation to the surroundings
setting
the physical position of something
juxtaposition
a side-by-side position
lie
position or manner in which something is situated
post, station
the position where someone (as a guard or sentry) stands or is assigned to stand
pitch
a vendor's position (especially on the sidewalk)
landmark
the position of a prominent or well-known object in a particular landscape
right
location near or direction toward the right side; i.e. the side to the south when a person or object faces east
left
location near or direction toward the left side; i.e. the side to the north when a person or object faces east
back, rear
the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer
front
the part of something that is nearest to the normal viewer
port
a place (seaport or airport) where people and merchandise can enter or leave a country
rendezvous
a place where people meet
scour
a place that is scoured (especially by running water)
service area
place on a highway providing garage services and eating and toilet facilities
showplace
a place that is frequently exhibited and visited for its historical interest or natural beauty
solitude
a solitary place
stand
the position where a thing or person stands
station
(nautical) the location to which a ship or fleet is assigned for duty
stop
a spot where something halts or pauses
target, target area
the location of the target that is to be hit
pool, puddle
something resembling a pool of liquid
vantage
place or situation affording some advantage (especially a comprehensive view or commanding perspective)
zenith
the point above the observer that is directly opposite the nadir on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected
exaltation
the location of a planet in the zodiac at which it is believed to exert its maximum influence
zone
a locally circumscribed place characterized by some distinctive features
core
the central part of the Earth
nucleus
the positively charged dense center of an atom
nucleus
(astronomy) the center of the head of a comet; consists of small solid particles of ice and frozen gas that vaporizes on approaching the sun to form the coma and tail
Type of:
location
a point or extent in space

n the gun muzzle's direction

“he held me up at the point of a gun”
Synonyms:
gunpoint
Type of:
gun muzzle, muzzle
the open circular discharging end of a gun

n a wall socket

Synonyms:
power point
Type of:
electric outlet, electric receptacle, electrical outlet, outlet, wall plug, wall socket
receptacle providing a place in a wiring system where current can be taken to run electrical devices

n a contact in the distributor; as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts them and current flows to the spark plugs

Synonyms:
breaker point, distributor point
Type of:
contact, tangency
(electronics) a junction where things (as two electrical conductors) touch or are in physical contact
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n a geometric element that has position but no extension

“a point is defined by its coordinates”
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attracter, attractor
(physics) a point in the ideal multidimensional phase space that is used to describe a system toward which the system tends to evolve regardless of the starting conditions of the system
intersection, intersection point, point of intersection
a point where lines intersect
intercept
the point at which a line intersects a coordinate axis
chaotic attractor, strange attractor
an attractor for which the approach to its final point in phase space is chaotic
metacenter, metacentre
(shipbuilding) the point of intersection between two vertical lines, one line through the center of buoyancy of the hull of a ship in equilibrium and the other line through the center of buoyancy of the hull when the ship is inclined to one side; the distance of this intersection above the center of gravity is an indication of the stability of the ship
vertex
the point of intersection of lines or the point opposite the base of a figure
Type of:
component, constituent, element, factor, ingredient
an abstract part of something

n a very small circular shape

“a row of points
Synonyms:
dot
Type of:
disc, disk, saucer
something with a round shape resembling a flat circular plate

n a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations

Synonyms:
full point, full stop, period, stop
Types:
suspension point
(usually plural) one of a series of points indicating that something has been omitted or that the sentence is incomplete
Type of:
punctuation, punctuation mark
the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases

n the dot at the left of a decimal fraction

Synonyms:
decimal point, percentage point
Type of:
mathematical notation
a notation used by mathematicians

v mark with diacritics

point the letter”
Type of:
label, mark, tag
attach a tag or label to

v mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics

Type of:
label, mark, tag
attach a tag or label to
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n sharp end

“he stuck the point of the knife into a tree”
“he broke the point of his pencil”
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arrowhead
the pointed head or striking tip of an arrow
barb
a subsidiary point facing opposite from the main point that makes an arrowhead or spear hard to remove
barb
the pointed part of barbed wire
cusp
point formed by two intersecting arcs (as from the intrados of a Gothic arch)
diamond point
a very hard small point made from a diamond
nib, pen nib
the writing point of a pen
pike
a sharp point (as on the end of a spear)
pinpoint
the sharp point of a pin
spear-point, spearhead, spearpoint
the head and sharpened point of a spear
spike
each of the sharp points on the soles of athletic shoes to prevent slipping (or the shoes themselves)
fluke
a barb on a harpoon or arrow
gaff
a sharp metal spike or spur that is fastened to the leg of a gamecock
Type of:
end, terminal
either extremity of something that has length

n the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp tip

Synonyms:
pointedness
Antonyms:
unpointedness
the property of having only a dull tip (if any)
Type of:
taper
the property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone)

n a V shape

“the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points
Synonyms:
peak, tip
Types:
widow's peak
a V-shaped point in the hairline in the middle of the forehead
cusp
small elevation on the grinding surface of a tooth
head
the tip of an abscess (where the pus accumulates)
Type of:
convex shape, convexity
a shape that curves or bulges outward

n a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer

“the point of the arrow was due north”
Synonyms:
head
Type of:
mark
a written or printed symbol (as for punctuation)

n a promontory extending out into a large body of water

“they sailed south around the point
Type of:
foreland, head, headland, promontory
a natural elevation (especially a rocky one that juts out into the sea)

v give a point to

Synonyms:
sharpen, taper
Types:
acuminate
make sharp or acute; taper; make (something) come to a point
Type of:
change form, change shape, deform
assume a different shape or form
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n a linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch

Type of:
linear measure, linear unit
a unit of measurement of length
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v sail close to the wind

Synonyms:
luff
Type of:
sail
travel on water propelled by wind
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v repair the joints of bricks

point a chimney”
Synonyms:
repoint
Type of:
bushel, doctor, fix, furbish up, mend, repair, restore, touch on
restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken
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