Point v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pointed; p. pr. & vb. n. Pointing.]
1. To give a point to; to sharpen; to cut, forge, grind, or file to an acute end; as, to point a dart, or a pencil. Used also figuratively; as, to point a moral.
2. To direct toward an abject; to aim; as, to point a gun at a wolf, or a cannon at a fort.
3. Hence, to direct the attention or notice of.
Whosoever should be guided through his battles by Minerva, and pointed to every scene of them. --Pope.
4. To supply with punctuation marks; to punctuate; as, to point a composition.
5. To mark (a text, as in Arabic or Hebrew) with vowel points; -- also called vocalize.
Syn: -- vocalize.
6. To give particular prominence to; to designate in a special manner; to indicate, as if by pointing; as, the error was pointed out.
He points it, however, by no deviation from his straightforward manner of speech. --Dickens.
7. To indicate or discover by a fixed look, as game.
8. Masonry To fill up and finish the joints of (a wall), by introducing additional cement or mortar, and bringing it to a smooth surface.
9. Stone Cutting To cut, as a surface, with a pointed tool.
To point a rope Naut., to taper and neatly finish off the end by interweaving the nettles.
To point a sail Naut., to affix points through the eyelet holes of the reefs.
To point off, to divide into periods or groups, or to separate, by pointing, as figures.
To point the yards (of a vessel) Naut., to brace them so that the wind shall strike the sails obliquely. --Totten.
1. Sharp; having a sharp point; as, a pointed rock.
2. Characterized by sharpness, directness, or pithiness of expression; terse; epigrammatic; especially, directed to a particular person or thing.
His moral pleases, not his pointed wit. --Pope.
Pointed arch Arch., an arch with a pointed crown.
Pointed style Arch., a name given to that style of architecture in which the pointed arch is the predominant feature; -- more commonly called Gothic.
-- Point*ed*ly, adv. -- Point*ed*ness, n.
adj 1: having a point [ant: pointless]
2: direct and obvious in meaning or reference; often
unpleasant; "a pointed critique"; "a pointed allusion to
what was going on"; "another pointed look in their