General English

General Science

  • noun an object or aim in doing something



  • A fee equal to 1% of the principal amount of a loan. Charged by the lender when the loan is made.
  • A tooth for a saw.
  • A mason's tool.
  • A thin, triangular or diamond-shaped piece of metal used in glazing to hold glass in a wooden frame.
  • A piece of equipment that is monitored or controlled by a building automation system.


  • noun a fairly close off-side fielding position (or the player occupying it) between cover and gully and roughly in a line with the popping crease
    Citation ‘Louch of Chatham behaved with his usual activity: he caught out 3 at the point of the bat [and] he got 29 in the second innings’ (St James’s Chronicle 22 September 1774)
    Citation ‘The distance at which point should stand varies according to the pace of the bowling, the pace of the wicket, and the hitting powers of the batsman in point’s direction’ (Ranjitsinhji 1897)
  • verb to field at point
    Citation ‘The bowling of Tarrant and Grundy … the pointing of Carpenter, was all cricket in perfection’ (Baily’s Magazine September 1867)


  • noun a method of showing the change in an index by using the units in which the index is calculated, as opposed to a percentage system. If a stock exchange index moves from 3092 to 3062 it has lost 30 points or just under 1 per cent. If an index is calculated as a percentage, and moves from 3.5 per cent to 4.5 per cent then it is said to have gain one percentage point.


  • Within space, a location or object which has no properties except location. Such a point has no length, width, area, volume, or the like. For instance, a point charge, a point along a line, or the point where two lines intersect.
  • A location or object whose dimensions are extremely small, or exceedingly small in relation to something else. An example is a point source.
  • A tip or end which is tapered, sharpened, or otherwise has an extremely small area. For instance, the tip of a cat whisker.
  • A symbol, usually a dot or comma, which separates the integral part from the fractional part of a number. For example, a decimal point.
  • A given moment in time, or within an interval of time. For instance, the starting point of a process.
  • A defined condition, state, degree, or limit. For example, the melting point of a pure substance.
  • The spot where something is located or occurs. For instance, a network access point, a branch point, an antenna feed point, a breakpoint, or a cutoff point.
  • A condition, magnitude, or value which is desired or serves as a reference. For example, a control point, or a half-power point.
  • A unit of angle measure equal to 1/32 of a circle, or 11°15'. Used, for instance, in navigation.
  • A unit of proportion equal to 0.01 or 1%.
  • A unit of mass equal to 2 milligrams, or 2.0 × 10-6 kg. Usually used in the context of precious stones.


  • adjective
    (written as à point)
    medium rare, a degree of cooking meat or fish so that protein at the centre of the piece is coagulated but not discoloured or hardened


  • A minimum unit of price change. In the forex market, a point is usually a 0.0001 move, except for USD/JPY in which a point is a 0.01 move. In decimal traded U.S. futures contracts, a point is one hundredth of a cent, except for grains where it is one cent. Also, a point is one percent of par in the Treasury bond market. also called tick.

Information & Library Science

  • noun a place or position in time


  • noun a question relating to a matter

Media Studies

  • noun in printing or writing, a punctuation mark, especially a full stop
  • noun a unit of measurement in printing equal to one twelfth of a pica or approximately 0.03515 cm/0.01384 in


  • noun the dot used to show the division between whole numbers and parts of numbers


  • noun the leading soldier, vehicle or unit in a formation
  • verb to direct or aim a weapon

Real Estate

  • verb to repair or finish a wall, chimney or other structural component by putting mortar or cement between the bricks or stones


  • noun a fielding position on the off side, level with the batsman’s wicket and at a distance from it that varies between three or four yards (silly point) and about thirty yards (deep point), or the player in that position
  • noun the position in front court taken by the guard who directs the offensive

Origin & History of “point”

‘Sharp end’ is the etymological notion underlying point. For it comes ultimately from Latin pungere ‘prick, pierce’ (source also of English expunge, poignant and pungent). The neuter form of its past participle, punctum, was used as a noun, meaning ‘small hole made by pricking, dot, particle, etc’ (it is the source of English punctual, punctuation, etc), which passed into Old French as point. then in the post-classical period a further noun was created, from the feminine past participle puncta, meaning ‘sharp tip’, and this gave Old French pointe. The two have remained separate in French, but in English they have coalesced in point. The Spanish descendant of Latin punctum, punta, has given English punt ‘bet’.