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point·er

 (poin′tər)
n.
1. One that directs, indicates, or points, especially:
a. A long tapered stick or a laser beacon used to call attention to objects, as on a chart or blackboard.
b. A scale indicator on a watch, balance, or other measuring instrument.
2.
a. A dog of a breed developed in Europe to point game, having a smooth, short-haired coat that is often white with black or brownish markings.
b. A dog of any of various similar breeds.
3.
a. A piece of advice; a suggestion: Let me give you a few pointers on your golf swing.
b. A piece of indicative information: interest rates and other pointers in the economic forecast.
4. Computers A variable that holds the address of a core storage location.
5. Computers A symbol appearing on a display screen in a GUI that lets the user select a command by clicking with a pointing device or pressing the enter key when the pointer symbol is positioned on the appropriate button or icon.
6. Either of the two stars in the Big Dipper, Dubhe and Merak, that are aligned so that a line drawn between them extends north to Polaris, the north star.

pointer

(ˈpɔɪntə)
n
1. a person or thing that points
2. (Mechanical Engineering) an indicator on a measuring instrument
3. (Education) a long rod or cane used by a lecturer to point to parts of a map, blackboard, etc
4. (Animals) one of a breed of large swift smooth-coated dogs, usually white with black, liver, or lemon markings: when on shooting expeditions it points to the bird with its nose, body, and tail in a straight line
5. a helpful piece of information or advice

point•er

(ˈpɔɪn tər)

n.
1. one that points.
2. a long, tapering stick used in pointing things out on a map, blackboard, or the like.
3. the hand on a watch dial, clock face, scale, etc.
4. one of a breed of large shorthaired hunting dogs that point game.
5. a piece of advice, esp. on how to succeed in a specific area.
6. a small symbol controlled by a mouse or other input device, used in a graphical user interface to select commands, options, or text on a computer screen.
7. Pointers, the two outer stars of the Big Dipper that lie on a line that passes very near Polaris and are used for finding it.
[1490–1500]

pointer

, point man - A pointer or point man was first a cowboy riding at the front of a herd of cattle.
See also related terms for herd.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pointer - a mark to indicate a direction or relationpointer - a mark to indicate a direction or relation
mark - a written or printed symbol (as for punctuation); "his answer was just a punctuation mark"
shaft - a line that forms the length of an arrow pointer
point, head - a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer; "the point of the arrow was due north"
2.pointer - an indicator as on a dial
hand - a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece; "the big hand counts the minutes"
indicator - a device for showing the operating condition of some system
electronic stylus, light pen - (computer science) a pointer that when pointed at a computer display senses whether or not the spot is illuminated
needle - a slender pointer for indicating the reading on the scale of a measuring instrument
3.pointer - (computer science) indicator consisting of a movable spot of light (an icon) on a visual displaypointer - (computer science) indicator consisting of a movable spot of light (an icon) on a visual display; moving it allows the user to point to commands or screen positions
indicator - a device for showing the operating condition of some system
computer science, computing - the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
4.pointer - a strong slender smooth-haired dog of Spanish origin having a white coat with brown or black patches; scents out and points to game
gun dog, sporting dog - a dog trained to work with sportsmen when they hunt with guns
German short-haired pointer - liver or liver-and-white hunting dog developed in Germany; 3/4 pointer and 1/4 bloodhound
Hungarian pointer, vizsla - Hungarian hunting dog resembling the Weimaraner but having a rich deep red coat

pointer

noun
1. hint, tip, suggestion, warning, recommendation, caution, piece of information, piece of advice Here are a few pointers to help you make a choice.
2. indication, lead, sign, evidence, signal, suggestion, symptom, hint, implication, clue, indicator, inkling, intimation Sunday's elections should be a pointer to the public mood.
3. stick, pole, rod, cane She tapped on the map with her pointer.
4. indicator, hand, guide, needle, arrow The pointer indicates the pressure on the dial.

pointer

noun
An item of advance or inside information given as a guide to action:
Informal: tip-off.
Translations
تَلْميح، إشارَهعَصا للتأشيرمُؤَشِّر
náznakpokynručičkatipukazatel
fingerpegindikationpegepindviser
osoitinpointteri
mutatópálca
bendi-/kennaraprikvísbendingvísir
pointer
ukazovadlo
göstergeibreipucuişaret çubuğu

pointer

[ˈpɔɪntəʳ] N
1. (= indicator) → indicador m, aguja f; [of balance] → fiel m
2. (= stick) → puntero m
3. (= dog) → perro m de muestra
4. (= clue, indication) → indicación f, pista f
it is a pointer to a possible solutiones una indicación or pista para una posible solución
there is at present no pointer to the outcomepor ahora nada indica qué resultado tendrá
this is a pointer to the guilty manes una pista que conducirá al criminal
5. (= advice) → consejo m

pointer

[ˈpɔɪntər] n
(= advice) → tuyau m
(= clue) → indication f
Sunday's elections should be a pointer to the public mood → Les élections de dimanche devrait permettre de jauger l'opinion publique.
His victory in the first race is a pointer to his chance of remaining unbeaten → Sa victoire dans la première course indique qu'il a des chances de rester invaincu.
(= stick) → baguette f
(= needle) → aiguille f
(= dog) → chien m d'arrêt

pointer

n
(= indicator)Zeiger m; (mouse) pointer (Comput) → Mauszeiger m
(= stick)Zeigestock m
(= dog)Pointer m, → Vorstehhund m
(fig: = hint) → Hinweis m, → Fingerzeig m, → Tip m; he gave me some pointers on how to behaveer gab mir ein paar Hinweise, wie ich mich benehmen sollte
(esp Brit fig: = indication) → Anzeichen nt, → Hinweis m; a pointer to a possible solutionein Hinweis auf eine mögliche Lösung

pointer

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pointer speed
n (of mouse pointer)Zeigergeschwindigkeit f
pointer trail
n (of mouse pointer)Maus(zeiger)spur f

pointer

[ˈpɔɪntəʳ] n
a. (indicator) → lancetta; (stick) → bacchetta
b. (dog) → pointer m inv
c. (clue) → indizio; (advice) → consiglio
to give sb some pointers on ... → consigliare qn su...
this is a pointer to the guilty man → questo è un indizio che ci aiuta ad identificare il colpevole

point

(point) noun
1. the sharp end of anything. the point of a pin; a sword point; at gunpoint (= threatened by a gun).
2. a piece of land that projects into the sea etc. The ship came round Lizard Point.
3. a small round dot or mark (.) a decimal point; five point three six (= 5.36); In punctuation, a point is another name for a full stop.
4. an exact place or spot. When we reached this point of the journey we stopped to rest.
5. an exact moment. Her husband walked in at that point.
6. a place on a scale especially of temperature. the boiling-point of water.
7. a division on a compass eg north, south-west etc.
8. a mark in scoring a competition, game, test etc. He has won by five points to two.
9. a particular matter for consideration or action. The first point we must decide is, where to meet; That's a good point; You've missed the point; That's the whole point; We're wandering away from the point.
10. (a) purpose or advantage. There's no point (in) asking me – I don't know.
11. a personal characteristic or quality. We all have our good points and our bad ones.
12. an electrical socket in a wall etc into which a plug can be put. Is there only one electrical point in this room?
verb
1. to aim in a particular direction. He pointed the gun at her.
2. to call attention to something especially by stretching the index finger in its direction. He pointed (his finger) at the door; He pointed to a sign.
3. to fill worn places in (a stone or brick wall etc) with mortar.
ˈpointed adjective
having a sharp end. a pointed nose; pointed shoes.
ˈpointer noun
1. a long stick used to indicate places on a large map etc.
2. an indicator on a dial. The pointer is on/at zero.
3. a hint; a suggestion. Give me some pointers on how to do it.
ˈpointless adjective
having no meaning or purpose. a pointless journey.
ˈpointlessly adverb
points noun plural
1. a movable section of rails which allow a train to cross over other lines or pass from one line to another. The points had to be changed before the train could continue.
2. the solid tips in the toes of ballet shoes. She can dance on her points.
be on the point of
to be about to (do something). I was on the point of going out when the telephone rang.
come to the point
1. (also get to the point) to reach the most important consideration in a conversation etc. He talked and talked but never came to the point.
2. (only with it as subject) to arrive at the moment when something must be done. He always promises to help, but when it comes to the point he's never there.
make a point of
to be especially careful to (do something). I'll make a point of asking her today.
make one's point
to state one's opinion persuasively.
point out
to indicate or draw attention to. He pointed out his house to her; I pointed out that we needed more money.
point one's toes
to stretch the foot out, shaping the toes into a point, when dancing etc.