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Directadjective

Proceeding without deviation or interruption.

Pointnoun

A discrete division of something.

Directadjective

Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end.

‘the most direct route between two buildings’;

Pointnoun

An individual element in a larger whole; a particular detail, thought, or quality.

‘The Congress debated the finer points of the bill.’;

Directadjective

Straightforward; sincere.

Pointnoun

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.’;

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Directadjective

Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous.

Pointnoun

(archaic) Condition, state.

‘She was not feeling in good point.’;

Directadjective

In the line of descent; not collateral.

‘a descendant in the direct line’;

Pointnoun

A topic of discussion or debate; a proposition.

‘I made the point that we all had an interest to protect.’;

Directadjective

(astronomy) In the direction of the general planetary motion, or from west to east; in the order of the signs; not retrograde; said of the motion of a celestial body.

Pointnoun

A focus of conversation or consideration; the main idea.

‘The point is that we should stay together, whatever happens.’;

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Directadjective

(political science) Pertaining to, or effected immediately by, action of the people through their votes instead of through one or more representatives or delegates.

‘direct nomination; direct legislation’;

Pointnoun

A purpose or objective, which makes something meaningful.

‘Since the decision has already been made, I see little point in further discussion.’;

Directadjective

having a single flight number.

Pointnoun

(obsolete) The smallest quantity of something; a jot, a whit.

Directadverb

Directly.

Pointnoun

(obsolete) A tiny amount of time; a moment.

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Directverb

To manage, control, steer.

‘to direct the affairs of a nation or the movements of an army’;

Pointnoun

A specific location or place, seen as a spatial position.

‘We should meet at a pre-arranged point.’;

Directverb

To aim (something) at (something else).

‘They directed their fire towards the men on the wall.’; ‘He directed his question to the room in general.’;

Pointnoun

A zero-dimensional mathematical object representing a location in one or more dimensions; something considered to have position but no magnitude or direction.

Directverb

To point out or show to (somebody) the right course or way; to guide, as by pointing out the way.

‘He directed me to the left-hand road.’;

Pointnoun

A full stop or other terminal punctuation mark.

Directverb

To point out to with authority; to instruct as a superior; to order.

‘She directed them to leave immediately.’;

Pointnoun

(music) 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.

Directverb

(dated) To put a direction or address upon; to mark with the name and residence of the person to whom anything is sent.

‘to direct a letter’;

Pointnoun

(by extension) A note; a tune.

Directadjective

Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end; as, a direct line; direct means.

‘What is direct to, what slides by, the question.’;

Pointnoun

A distinguishing quality or characteristic.

‘Logic isn't my strong point.’;

Directadjective

Straightforward; not of crooked ways, or swerving from truth and openness; sincere; outspoken.

‘Be even and direct with me.’;

Pointnoun

Something tiny, as a pinprick; a very small mark.

‘The stars showed as tiny points of yellow light.’;

Directadjective

Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous.

‘He nowhere, that I know, says it in direct words.’; ‘A direct and avowed interference with elections.’;

Pointnoun

(now only in phrases) A tenth; formerly also a twelfth.

‘Possession is nine points of the law.’;

Directadjective

In the line of descent; not collateral; as, a descendant in the direct line.

Pointnoun

Each of the marks or strokes written above letters, especially in Semitic languages, to indicate vowels, stress etc.

Directadjective

In the direction of the general planetary motion, or from west to east; in the order of the signs; not retrograde; - said of the motion of a celestial body.

Pointnoun

A unit of scoring in a game or competition.

‘The one with the most points will win the game’;

Directadjective

Pertaining to, or effected immediately by, action of the people through their votes instead of through one or more representatives or delegates; as, direct nomination, direct legislation.

Pointnoun

(mathematics) A decimal point (now especially when reading decimal fractions aloud).

‘10.5 is "ten point five", or ten and a half.’;

Directverb

To arrange in a direct or straight line, as against a mark, or towards a goal; to point; to aim; as, to direct an arrow or a piece of ordnance.

Pointnoun

(economics) A unit used to express differences in prices of stocks and shares.

Directverb

To point out or show to (any one), as the direct or right course or way; to guide, as by pointing out the way; as, he directed me to the left-hand road.

‘The Lord direct your into the love of God.’; ‘The next points to which I will direct your attention.’;

Pointnoun

(typography) 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).

Directverb

To determine the direction or course of; to cause to go on in a particular manner; to order in the way to a certain end; to regulate; to govern; as, to direct the affairs of a nation or the movements of an army.

‘I will direct their work in truth.’;

Pointnoun

(UK) An electric power socket.

Directverb

To point out to with authority; to instruct as a superior; to order; as, he directed them to go.

‘I 'll first direct my men what they shall do.’;

Pointnoun

A unit of bearing equal to one thirty-second of a circle, i.e. 11.25°.

‘Ship ahoy, three points off the starboard bow!’;

Directverb

To put a direction or address upon; to mark with the name and residence of the person to whom anything is sent; to superscribe; as, to direct a letter.

Pointnoun

(UK) A unit of measure for rain, equal to 0.254 mm or 0.01 of an inch.

Directverb

To give direction; to point out a course; to act as guide.

‘Wisdom is profitable to direct.’;

Pointnoun

A sharp extremity.

Directnoun

A character, thus [ ], placed at the end of a staff on the line or space of the first note of the next staff, to apprise the performer of its situation.

Pointnoun

The sharp tip of an object.

‘Cut the skin with the point of the knife.’;

Directverb

command with authority;

‘He directed the children to do their homework’;

Pointnoun

Any projecting extremity of an object.

Directverb

intend (something) to move towards a certain goal;

‘He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face’; ‘criticism directed at her superior’; ‘direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself’;

Pointnoun

An object which has a sharp or tapering tip.

‘His cowboy belt was studded with points.’;

Directverb

guide the actors in (plays and films)

Pointnoun

(backgammon) Each of the twelve triangular positions in either table of a backgammon board, on which the stones are played.

Directverb

be in charge of

Pointnoun

A peninsula or promontory.

Directverb

take somebody somewhere;

‘We lead him to our chief’; ‘can you take me to the main entrance?’; ‘He conducted us to the palace’;

Pointnoun

The position at the front or vanguard of an advancing force.

Directverb

cause to go somewhere;

‘The explosion sent the car flying in the air’; ‘She sent her children to camp’; ‘He directed all his energies into his dissertation’;

Pointnoun

Each of the main directions on a compass, usually considered to be 32 in number; a direction.

Directverb

aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment;

‘Please don't aim at your little brother!’; ‘He trained his gun on the burglar’; ‘Don't train your camera on the women’; ‘Take a swipe at one's opponent’;

Pointnoun

(nautical) The difference between two points of the compass.

‘to fall off a point’;

Directverb

lead, as in the performance of a composition;

‘conduct an orchestra; Bairenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years’;

Pointnoun

Pointedness of speech or writing; a penetrating or decisive quality of expression.

Directverb

give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction;

‘I directed them towards the town hall’;

Pointnoun

A railroad switch.

Directverb

specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public

Pointnoun

An area of contrasting colour on an animal, especially a dog; a marking.

‘The point color of that cat was a deep, rich sable.’;

Directverb

direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

Pointnoun

A tine or snag of an antler.

Directverb

put an address on (an envelope, for example)

Pointnoun

(fencing) A movement executed with the sabre or foil.

‘tierce point’;

Directverb

plan and direct (a complex undertaking);

‘he masterminded the robbery’;

Pointnoun

(heraldry) One of the several different parts of the escutcheon.

Directadjective

direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short;

‘a direct route’; ‘a direct flight’; ‘a direct hit’;

Pointnoun

(nautical) A short piece of cordage used in reefing sails.

Directadjective

immediate or direct in bearing or force; having nothing intervening;

‘in direct sunlight’; ‘in direct contact with the voters’; ‘direct exposure to the disease’; ‘a direct link’; ‘the direct cause of the accident’;

Pointnoun

(historical) A string or lace used to tie together certain garments.

Directadjective

extended senses; direct in means or manner or behavior or language or action;

‘a direct question’; ‘a direct response’; ‘a direct approach’;

Pointnoun

Lace worked by the needle.

‘point de Venise; Brussels point’;

Directadjective

in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child;

‘lineal ancestors’; ‘lineal heirs’; ‘a direct descendant of the king’; ‘direct heredity’;

Pointnoun

An item of private information; a hint; a tip; a pointer.

Directadjective

moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth

Pointnoun

The attitude assumed by a pointer dog when he finds game.

‘The dog came to a point.’;

Directadjective

similar in nature or effect or relation to another quantity;

‘a term is in direct proportion to another term if it increases (or decreases) as the other increases (or decreases)’;

Pointnoun

(falconry) The perpendicular rising of a hawk over the place where its prey has gone into cover.

Directadjective

of a current flowing in one direction only; not alternating;

‘direct current’;

Pointnoun

The act of pointing, as of the foot downward in certain dance positions.

Directadjective

as an immediate result or consequence;

‘a direct result of the accident’;

Pointnoun

The gesture of extending the index finger in a direction in order to indicate something.

Directadjective

in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker;

‘a direct quotation’; ‘repeated their dialog verbatim’;

Pointnoun

A vaccine point.

Directadjective

effected directly by action of the voters rather than through elected representatives;

‘many people favor direct election of the President rather than election by the Electoral College’;

Pointnoun

In various sports, a position of a certain player, or, by extension, the player occupying that position.

Directadjective

exact;

‘the direct opposite’;

Pointnoun

(cricket) A fielding position square of the wicket on the off side, between gully and cover.

Directadverb

without deviation;

‘the path leads directly to the lake’; ‘went direct to the office’;

Pointnoun

The position of the player of each side who stands a short distance in front of the goalkeeper.

Directadjective

extending or moving from one place to another without changing direction or stopping

‘there was no direct flight that day’;

Pointnoun

(baseball) The position of the pitcher and catcher.

Directadjective

(of apparent planetary motion) proceeding from west to east in accord with actual motion.

Pointnoun

(hunting) A spot to which a straight run is made; hence, a straight run from point to point; a cross-country run.

Directadjective

without intervening factors or intermediaries

‘the complications are a direct result of bacteria spreading’; ‘I had no direct contact with Mr Clark’;

Pointverb

(intransitive) To extend the index finger in the direction of something in order to show where it is or to draw attention to it.

‘It's rude to point at other people.’;

Directadjective

(of light or heat) proceeding from a source without being reflected or blocked

‘ferns like a bright position out of direct sunlight’;

Pointverb

(intransitive) To draw attention to something or indicate a direction.

‘The arrow of a compass points north’; ‘The skis were pointing uphill.’; ‘The arrow on the map points towards the entrance’;

Directadjective

(of genealogy) proceeding in continuous succession from parent to child

‘a direct descendant of Edward III’;

Pointverb

(intransitive) To face in a particular direction.

Directadjective

(of a quotation) taken from someone's words without being changed.

Pointverb

(transitive) To direct toward an object; to aim.

‘to point a gun at a wolf, or a cannon at a fort’;

Directadjective

(of taxation) levied on income or profits rather than on goods or services.

Pointverb

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’;

Directadjective

complete (used for emphasis)

‘attitudes which were in direct contrast to the confrontational perspectives of the past’;

Pointverb

(intransitive) To indicate a probability of something.

Directadjective

(of a person or their behaviour) going straight to the point; frank

‘he is very direct and honest’;

Pointverb

To repair mortar.

Directadjective

(of evidence or proof) bearing immediately and unambiguously upon the facts at issue

‘there is no direct evidence that officials accepted bribes’;

Pointverb

To fill up and finish the joints of (a wall), by introducing additional cement or mortar, and bringing it to a smooth surface.

Directadjective

perpendicular to a surface; not oblique

‘a direct butt joint between surfaces of steel’;

Pointverb

(stone-cutting) To cut, as a surface, with a pointed tool.

Directadverb

with no one or nothing in between

‘they seem reluctant to deal with me direct’;

Pointverb

(transitive) To direct or encourage (someone) in a particular direction.

‘If he asks for food, point him toward the refrigerator.’;

Directadverb

by a straight route or without breaking a journey

‘Austrian Airlines are flying direct to Innsbruck again’;

Pointverb

To separate an integer from a decimal with a decimal point.

Directverb

control the operations of; manage or govern

‘an economic elite directed the nation's affairs’;

Pointverb

(transitive) To mark with diacritics.

Directverb

supervise and control (a film, play, or other production, or the actors in it)

‘the film is directed by Sir Richard Attenborough’;

Pointverb

(dated) To supply with punctuation marks; to punctuate.

‘to point a composition’;

Directverb

train and conduct (a group of musicians).

Pointverb

To direct the central processing unit to seek information at a certain location in memory.

Directverb

aim (something) in a particular direction or at a particular person

‘his smile was directed at Lois’; ‘heating ducts to direct warm air to rear-seat passengers’;

Pointverb

To direct requests sent to a domain name to the IP address corresponding to that domain name.

Directverb

tell or show (someone) how to get somewhere

‘can you direct me to the railway station, please?’;

Pointverb

To sail close to the wind.

‘Bear off a little, we're pointing.’;

Directverb

address or give instructions for the delivery of (a letter or parcel)

‘put them all in one packet, and direct them to me’;

Pointverb

To indicate the presence of game by a fixed and steady look, as certain hunting dogs do.

Directverb

focus (one's thoughts) on or address (one's efforts) towards something.

Pointverb

To approximate to the surface; to head.

Directverb

address a comment to or aim a criticism at

‘I suggest that he direct his remarks to the council’; ‘his criticism was directed at the wastage of ammunition’;

Pointverb

(obsolete) To appoint.

Directverb

target a product or advertisement specifically at (someone)

‘the book is directed at the younger reader’;

Pointverb

(dated) To give point to (something said or done); to give particular prominence or force to.

Directverb

guide or advise in a course or decision

‘the conscience of the credulous prince was directed by saints and bishops’;

Pointverb

To appoint.

Directverb

give (someone) an official order or authoritative instruction

‘the judge directed him to perform community service’; ‘he directed that no picture from his collection could be sold’;

Pointverb

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.

Pointverb

To direct toward an abject; to aim; as, to point a gun at a wolf, or a cannon at a fort.

Pointverb

Hence, to direct the attention or notice of.

‘Whosoever should be guided through his battles by Minerva, and pointed to every scene of them.’;

Pointverb

To supply with punctuation marks; to punctuate; as, to point a composition.

Pointverb

To mark (a text, as in Arabic or Hebrew) with vowel points; - also called vocalize.

Pointverb

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.’;

Pointverb

To indicate or discover by a fixed look, as game.

Pointverb

To fill up and finish the joints of (a wall), by introducing additional cement or mortar, and bringing it to a smooth surface.

Pointverb

To cut, as a surface, with a pointed tool.

Pointverb

To direct the point of something, as of a finger, for the purpose of designating an object, and attracting attention to it; - with at.

‘Now must the world point at poor Katharine.’; ‘Point at the tattered coat and ragged shoe.’;

Pointverb

To indicate the presence of game by fixed and steady look, as certain hunting dogs do.

‘He treads with caution, and he points with fear.’;

Pointverb

To approximate to the surface; to head; - said of an abscess.

Pointnoun

That which pricks or pierces; the sharp end of anything, esp. the sharp end of a piercing instrument, as a needle or a pin.

Pointnoun

An instrument which pricks or pierces, as a sort of needle used by engravers, etchers, lace workers, and others; also, a pointed cutting tool, as a stone cutter's point; - called also pointer.

Pointnoun

Anything which tapers to a sharp, well-defined termination. Specifically: A small promontory or cape; a tract of land extending into the water beyond the common shore line.

Pointnoun

The mark made by the end of a sharp, piercing instrument, as a needle; a prick.

Pointnoun

An indefinitely small space; a mere spot indicated or supposed. Specifically: (Geom.) That which has neither parts nor magnitude; that which has position, but has neither length, breadth, nor thickness, - sometimes conceived of as the limit of a line; that by the motion of which a line is conceived to be produced.

Pointnoun

An indivisible portion of time; a moment; an instant; hence, the verge.

‘When time's first point begunMade he all souls.’;

Pointnoun

A mark of punctuation; a character used to mark the divisions of a composition, or the pauses to be observed in reading, or to point off groups of figures, etc.; a stop, as a comma, a semicolon, and esp. a period; hence, figuratively, an end, or conclusion.

‘And there a point, for ended is my tale.’; ‘Commas and points they set exactly right.’;

Pointnoun

Whatever serves to mark progress, rank, or relative position, or to indicate a transition from one state or position to another, degree; step; stage; hence, position or condition attained; as, a point of elevation, or of depression; the stock fell off five points; he won by tenpoints.

‘A lord full fat and in good point.’;

Pointnoun

That which arrests attention, or indicates qualities or character; a salient feature; a characteristic; a peculiarity; hence, a particular; an item; a detail; as, the good or bad points of a man, a horse, a book, a story, etc.

‘He told him, point for point, in short and plain.’; ‘In point of religion and in point of honor.’; ‘Shalt thou disputeWith Him the points of liberty ?’;

Pointnoun

Hence, the most prominent or important feature, as of an argument, discourse, etc.; the essential matter; esp., the proposition to be established; as, the point of an anecdote.

‘They will hardly prove his point.’;

Pointnoun

A small matter; a trifle; a least consideration; a punctilio.

‘This fellow doth not stand upon points.’; ‘[He] cared not for God or man a point.’;

Pointnoun

A dot or mark used to designate certain tones or time

Pointnoun

A fixed conventional place for reference, or zero of reckoning, in the heavens, usually the intersection of two or more great circles of the sphere, and named specifically in each case according to the position intended; as, the equinoctial points; the solstitial points; the nodal points; vertical points, etc. See Equinoctial Nodal.

Pointnoun

One of the several different parts of the escutcheon. See Escutcheon.

Pointnoun

One of the points of the compass (see Points of the compass, below); also, the difference between two points of the compass; as, to fall off a point.

Pointnoun

A a string or lace used to tie together certain parts of the dress.

Pointnoun

Lace wrought the needle; as, point de Venise; Brussels point. See Point lace, below.

Pointnoun

A switch.

Pointnoun

An item of private information; a hint; a tip; a pointer.

Pointnoun

A fielder who is stationed on the off side, about twelve or fifteen yards from, and a little in advance of, the batsman.

Pointnoun

The attitude assumed by a pointer dog when he finds game; as, the dog came to a point. See Pointer.

Pointnoun

A standard unit of measure for the size of type bodies, being one twelfth of the thickness of pica type. See Point system of type, under Type.

Pointnoun

A tyne or snag of an antler.

Pointnoun

One of the spaces on a backgammon board.

Pointnoun

A movement executed with the saber or foil; as, tierce point.

Pointnoun

A pointed piece of quill or bone covered at one end with vaccine matter; - called also vaccine point.

Pointnoun

One of the raised dots used in certain systems of printing and writing for the blind. The first practical system was that devised by Louis Braille in 1829, and still used in Europe (see Braille). Two modifications of this are current in the United States: New York point founded on three bases of equidistant points arranged in two lines (viz., : :: :::), and a later improvement, American Braille, embodying the Braille base (:::) and the New-York-point principle of using the characters of few points for the commonest letters.

Pointnoun

In various games, a position of a certain player, or, by extension, the player himself;

Pointnoun

a geometric element that has position but no extension;

‘a point is defined by its coordinates’;

Pointnoun

the precise location of something; a spatially limited location;

‘she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street’;

Pointnoun

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’;

Pointnoun

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

‘a remarkable degree of frankness’; ‘at what stage are the social sciences?’;

Pointnoun

an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole;

‘several of the details are similar’; ‘a point of information’;

Pointnoun

an instant of time;

‘at that point I had to leave’;

Pointnoun

the object of an activity;

‘what is the point of discussing it?’;

Pointnoun

a V shape;

‘the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points’;

Pointnoun

a very small circular shape;

‘a row of points’; ‘draw lines between the dots’;

Pointnoun

the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest;

‘he scored 20 points in the first half’; ‘a touchdown counts 6 points’;

Pointnoun

a promontory extending out into a large body of water;

‘they sailed south around the point’;

Pointnoun

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

‘he noticed an item in the New York Times’; ‘she had several items on her shopping list’; ‘the main point on the agenda was taken up first’;

Pointnoun

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

Pointnoun

an outstanding characteristic;

‘his acting was one of the high points of the movie’;

Pointnoun

sharp end;

‘he stuck the point of the knife into a tree’; ‘he broke the point of his pencil’;

Pointnoun

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

‘he checked the point on his compass’;

Pointnoun

a linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch

Pointnoun

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

‘in England they call a period a stop’;

Pointnoun

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

‘the point of the arrow was due north’;

Pointnoun

the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp point

Pointnoun

a distinguishing or individuating characteristic;

‘he knows my bad points as well as my good points’;

Pointnoun

the gun muzzle's direction;

‘he held me up at the point of a gun’;

Pointnoun

a wall socket

Pointnoun

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

Pointverb

indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively;

‘I showed the customer the glove section’; ‘He pointed to the empty parking space’; ‘he indicated his opponents’;

Pointverb

be oriented;

‘The weather vane points North’;

Pointverb

direct into a position for use;

‘point a gun’; ‘He charged his weapon at me’;

Pointverb

direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

Pointverb

be a signal for or a symptom of;

‘These symptoms indicate a serious illness’; ‘Her behavior points to a severe neurosis’; ‘The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued’;

Pointverb

sail close to the wind

Pointverb

mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics

Pointverb

mark with diacritics;

‘point the letter’;

Pointverb

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

Pointverb

be positionable in a specified manner;

‘The gun points with ease’;

Pointverb

intend (something) to move towards a certain goal;

‘He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face’; ‘criticism directed at her superior’; ‘direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself’;

Pointverb

give a point to;

‘The candles are tapered’;

Pointverb

repair the joints of bricks;

‘point a chimney’;

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