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In ballet, dancing that is performed on the tips of the toes.
[From French pointe (des pieds), point (of the feet), tiptoe; see point.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
(Ballet) ballet the tip of the toe (esp in the phrase on pointes)
[from French: point]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
a ballet position with the body balanced on the extreme tip of the toe.
[1820–30; < French: pointe (du pied) tiptoe, literally, extremity of the foot]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
The extremity of the toe, or a point on the toe.
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