In typography, a point is the smallest unit of measure, being a subdivision of the larger pica. It is commonly abbreviated as pt. The point has long been the usual unit for measuring font size and leading and other minute items on a printed page.

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  1. A discrete division of something.
    1. An individual element in a larger whole; a particular detail, thought, or quality.
      The Congress debated the finer points of the bill.
    2. A particular moment in an event or occurrence; a juncture.
      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.
    3. Condition, state.
      She was not feeling in good point.
    4. A topic of discussion or debate; a proposition, a focus of conversation or consideration.
      I made the point that we all had an interest to protect.
    5. The smallest quantity of something; a jot, a whit.
      1. A tiny amount of time; a moment.
      2. A specific location or place, seen as a spatial position.
We should meet at a pre-arranged point.
  1. A zero-dimensional mathematical object representing a location in one or more dimensions; something considered to have position but no magnitude or direction.
  2. A purpose or objective.
    Since the decision has already been made, I see little point in further discussion.
  3. A full stop or other terminal punctuation mark.
    1. A dot or mark used to designate certain tones or time. In ancient music, it distinguished or characterized certain tones or styles (points of perfection, of augmentation, etc.). In modern music, it is placed on the right of a note to raise its value, or prolong its time, by one half.
  4. A note; a tune.
    1. A distinguishing quality or characteristic.
Logic isn't my strong point.
  1. Something tiny, as a pinprick; a very small mark.
    The stars showed as tiny points of yellow light.
  2. A tenth; formerly also a twelfth.
    Possession is nine points of the law.
  3. Each of the marks or strokes written above letters, especially in Semitic languages, to indicate vowels, stress etc.
  4. A unit of scoring in a game or competition.
    The one with the most points will win the game
  5. A decimal point (now especially when reading decimal fractions aloud).
    10.5 ("ten point five"; = ten and a half)
  6. A unit used to express differences in prices of stocks and shares.
  7. 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).
  8. An electric power socket.
  9. A unit of bearing equal to one thirty-second of a circle, i.e. 11.25°.
    Ship ahoy, three points off the starboard bow!
  1. A sharp extremity.
    1. The sharp tip of an object.
      Cut the skin with the point of the knife.
    2. Any projecting extremity of an object.
    3. An object which has a sharp or tapering tip.
      His cowboy belt was studded with points.
    4. Each of the twelve triangular positions in either table of a backgammon board, on which the stones are played.
    5. A peninsula or promontory.
    6. The position at the front or vanguard of an advancing force.
      1. Each of the main directions on a compass, usually considered to be 32 in number; a direction.
    7. The difference between two points of the compass.
      to fall off a point
    8. Pointedness of speech or writing; a penetrating or decisive quality of expression.
      1. A railroad switch.
    9. An area of contrasting colour on an animal, especially a dog; a marking.
      The point color of that cat was a deep, rich sable.
    10. A fielding position square of the wicket on the off side, between gully and cover.
    11. A tine or snag of an antler.
    12. A movement executed with the sabre or foil.
      tierce point
  2. One of the several different parts of the escutcheon.
  3. A short piece of cordage used in reefing sails.
  4. A string or lace used to tie together certain garments.
  5. Lace worked by the needle.
    point de Venise; Brussels point
  6. An item of private information; a hint; a tip; a pointer.
  7. The attitude assumed by a pointer dog when he finds game.
    The dog came to a point.


  1. To extend the index finger in the direction of something in order to show where it is or to draw attention to it.
  2. To draw attention to something or indicate a direction.
  3. To direct toward an object; to aim.
    to point a gun at a wolf, or a cannon at a fort
  4. To give a point to; to sharpen; to cut, forge, grind, or file to an acute end.
    to point a dart, a pencil, or (figuratively) a moral
  5. to indicate a probability of something
  6. To repair mortar.
  7. To fill up and finish the joints of (a wall), by introducing additional cement or mortar, and bringing it to a smooth surface.
  8. To cut, as a surface, with a pointed tool.
  9. To direct or encourage (someone) in a particular direction.
  10. To separate an integer from a decimal with a decimal point.
  11. To mark with diacritics.
  12. To supply with punctuation marks; to punctuate.
    to point a composition
  13. To direct the central processing unit to seek information at a certain location in memory.
  14. To direct requests sent to a domain name to the IP address corresponding to that domain name.
  15. To sail close to the wind.
  16. To indicate the presence of game by a fixed and steady look, as certain hunting dogs do.
  17. To approximate to the surface; to head.
  18. To appoint.
  19. To give particular prominence to; to designate in a special manner; to point out.

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