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  ( points    plural & 3rd person present)   ( pointing    present participle)   ( pointed    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   You use point to refer to something that someone has said or written.  
We disagree with every point Mr Blunkett makes..., The following tale will clearly illustrate this point.     
2       n-sing   If you say that someone has a point, or if you take their point, you mean that you accept that what they have said is important and should be considered.  
a N, poss N  
`If he'd already killed once, surely he'd have killed Sarah?' She had a point there...     
3       n-sing   The point of what you are saying or discussing is the most important part that provides a reason or explanation for the rest.  
the N  
`Did I ask you to talk to me?'<emdash10001`That's not the point.'..., The American Congress and media mostly missed the point about all this.     
4       n-sing   If you ask what thepointof something is, or say that there is no pointin it, you are indicating that a particular action has no purpose or would not be useful.  
usu N of/in n/-ing  
What was the point of thinking about him?..., There was no point in staying any longer.     
5       n-count   A point is a detail, aspect, or quality of something or someone.  
usu with supp  
The most interesting point about the village was its religion..., Science was never my strong point at school.     
6       n-count   A point is a particular place or position where something happens.  
The pain originated from a point in his right thigh.     
7       n-sing   You use point to refer to a particular time, or to a particular stage in the development of something.  
with supp, oft at N  
We're all going to die at some point..., At this point Diana arrived..., It got to the point where he had to leave.     
8       n-count   The point of something such as a pin, needle, or knife is the thin, sharp end of it.  
oft N of n  
9    In spoken English, you use point to refer to the dot or mark in a decimal number that separates the whole numbers from the fractions.  
Inflation at nine point four percent is the worst for eight years.     
10       n-count   In some sports, competitions, and games, a point is one of the single marks that are added together to give the total score.  
They lost the 1977 World Cup final to Australia by a single point...     
11       n-count   The points of the compass are directions such as North, South, East, and West.  
usu with supp  
Sightseers arrived from all points of the compass.     
12       n-plural   On a railway track, the points are the levers and rails at a place where two tracks join or separate. The points enable a train to move from one track to another.  
...the rattle of the wheels across the points.     
in AM, use switches     
13       n-count   A point is an electric socket.  
  (BRIT)   usu supp N  
...too far away from the nearest electrical point.     
14       verb   If you point at a person or thing, you hold out your finger towards them in order to make someone notice them.  
I pointed at the boy sitting nearest me...      V at n  
He pointed to a chair, signalling for her to sit.      V to n  
15       verb   If you point something at someone, you aim the tip or end of it towards them.  
David Khan pointed his finger at Mary...      V n at n  
A man pointed a gun at them and pulled the trigger.      V n at n  
16       verb   If something pointsto a place or points in a particular direction, it shows where that place is or it faces in that direction.  
An arrow pointed to the toilets...      V prep/adv  
You can go anywhere and still the compass points north or south...      V prep/adv  
17       verb   If something points to a particular situation, it suggests that the situation exists or is likely to occur.  
Private polls and embassy reports pointed to a no vote.      V to n  
18       verb   If you point to something that has happened or that is happening, you are using it as proof that a particular situation exists.  
George Fodor points to other weaknesses in the way the campaign has progressed...      V to n  
19       verb   When builders point a wall, they put a substance such as cement into the gaps between the bricks or stones in order to make the wall stronger and seal it.  
V n  
    breaking point  
    focal point  
    point of sale  
    point of view  
    power point  
    sticking point  
    vantage point  
21    If you say that something is beside the point, you mean that it is not relevant to the subject that you are discussing.  
beside the point      phrase   v-link PHR   (=irrelevant)  
Brian didn't like it, but that was beside the point.     
22    When someone comes to the point or gets to the point, they start talking about the thing that is most important to them.  
come/get to the point      phrase   V inflects  
Was she ever going to get to the point?     
23    If you make your point or prove your point, you prove that something is true, either by arguing about it or by your actions or behaviour.  
make/prove one's point      phrase   V inflects  
I think you've made your point, dear..., The tie-break proved the point.     
24    If you make a point of doing something, you do it in a very deliberate or obvious way.  
make a point of      phrase   V inflects, PHR -ing  
She made a point of spending as much time as possible away from Osborne House.     
25    If you are on the point of doing something, you are about to do it.  
on the point of      phrase   v-link PHR n/-ing  
He was on the point of saying something when the phone rang..., She looked on the point of tears.     
26    Something that is to the point is relevant to the subject that you are discussing, or expressed neatly without wasting words or time.  
to the point      phrase   v-link PHR  
The description which he had been given was brief and to the point.     
27    If you say that something is true up to a point, you mean that it is partly but not completely true.  
up to a point      phrase   PHR with cl  
`Was she good?'—`Mmm. Up to a point.'     
    a case in point  
    in point of fact  
    to point the finger at someone  
    a sore point  
    sore   point out  
1       phrasal verb   If you point out an object or place, you make people look at it or show them where it is.  
They kept standing up to take pictures and point things out to each other...      V n P  
They'd already driven along the wharf so that she could point out her father's boat.      V P n (not pron)  
2       phrasal verb   If you point out a fact or mistake, you tell someone about it or draw their attention to it.  
I should point out that these estimates cover just the hospital expenditures...      V P that  
We all too easily point out our mothers' failings.      V P n (not pron)  

basis point        ( basis points    plural  ) In finance, a basis point is one hundredth of a per cent (.01%).     (BUSINESS)      n-count   usu pl  
boiling point   , boiling-point  
1       n-uncount   The boiling point of a liquid is the temperature at which it starts to change into steam or vapour. For example, the boiling point of water is 100° centigrade.  
The boiling point of water is 373 K..., Heat the cream to boiling point and pour three quarters of it over the chocolate.     
2       n-uncount   If a situation reaches boiling point, the people involved have become so angry that they can no longer remain calm and in control of themselves.  
The situation is rapidly reaching boiling point, and the army has been put on stand-by...     
break-even point     
When a company reaches break-even point, the money it makes from the sale of goods or services is just enough to cover the cost of supplying those goods or services, but not enough to make a profit.     (BUSINESS)      n-sing  
`Terminator 2' finally made $200 million, which was considered to be the break-even point for the picture.     
breaking point     
If something or someone has reached breaking point, they have so many problems or difficulties that they can no longer cope with them, and may soon collapse or be unable to continue.      n-uncount   also the/a N  
The report on the riot exposed a prison system stretched to breaking point...     
brownie point        ( brownie points    plural  ) If someone does something to score brownie points, they do it because they think they will be praised for it.      n-count   usu pl     (disapproval)    They're just trying to score brownie points with politicians.     
bullet point        ( bullet points    plural  ) A bullet point is one of a series of important items for discussion or action in a document, usually marked by a square or round symbol.      n-count  
Use bold type for headings and bullet points for noteworthy achievements.     
cardinal point        ( cardinal points    plural  ) The cardinal points are the four main points of the compass, north, south, east, and west.      n-count  
compass point        ( compass points    plural  ) A compass point is one of the 32 marks on the dial of a compass that show direction, for example north, south, east, and west.      n-count  
decimal point        ( decimal points    plural  ) A decimal point is the dot in front of a decimal fraction.      n-count  
focal point        ( focal points    plural  ) The focal point of something is the thing that people concentrate on or pay most attention to.      n-count  
...the focal point for the town's many visitors<endash>the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.     
freezing point        ( freezing points    plural  ) , freezing-point  
1       n-uncount   Freezing point is 0° Celsius, the temperature at which water freezes. Freezing point is often used when talking about the weather.  
usu above/below/to N  
The temperature remained below freezing point throughout the day.     
2       n-count   The freezing point of a particular substance is the temperature at which it freezes.  
usu with poss  
high point        ( high points    plural  ) Thehigh point of an event or period of time is the most exciting or enjoyable part of it.      n-count   usu with supp, oft N of/in n   (=highlight)  
The high point of this trip was a day at the races in Balgriffin.     
jumping-off point     
A jumping-off point or a jumping-off place is a place, situation, or occasion which you use as the starting point for something.      n-sing  
Lectoure is a bustling market town and the best jumping-off point for a first visit to Le Gers.     
match point        ( match points    plural  ) In a game of tennis, match point is the situation when the player who is in the lead can win the whole match if they win the next point.      n-var  
melting point        ( melting points    plural  ) The melting point of a substance is the temperature at which it melts when you heat it.      n-count   oft with poss  
1       adv   If you say something point-blank, you say it very directly or rudely, without explaining or apologizing.  
ADV after v  
The army apparently refused point blank to do what was required of them...     
      Point-blank is also an adjective., adj   ADJ n  
...a point-blank refusal.     
2       adv   If someone or something is shot point-blank, they are shot when the gun is touching them or extremely close to them.  
ADV after v  
He fired point-blank at Bernadette.     
      Point-blank is also an adjective., adj   ADJ n  
He had been shot at point-blank range in the back of the head.     
point of order        ( points of order    plural  ) In a formal debate, a point of order is an official complaint that someone makes because the rules about how the debate is meant to be organized have been broken.  
FORMAL      n-count   usu sing  
A point of order was raised in parliament by Mr Ben Morris...     
point of reference        ( points of reference    plural  ) A point of reference is something which you use to help you understand a situation or communicate with someone.      n-count  
Do we still have any fixed point of reference in the teaching of English?     
point of sale        ( points of sale    plural  )
1       n-count   The point of sale is the place in a shop where a product is passed from the seller to the customer. The abbreviation POS is also used.     (BUSINESS)  
2       n-uncount   Point of sale is used to describe things which occur or are located or used at the place where you buy something. The abbreviation POS is also used.     (BUSINESS)   usu N n  
...point-of-sale advertising.     
point of view        ( points of view    plural  )
1       n-count   You can refer to the opinions or attitudes that you have about something as your point of view.  
oft with poss   (=viewpoint)  
Thanks for your point of view, John..., Try to look at this from my point of view.     
2       n-count   If you consider something from a particular point of view, you are using one aspect of a situation in order to judge that situation.  
usu sing, usu from N with poss  
Do you think that, from the point of view of results, this exercise was worth the cost?...     
power point        ( power points    plural  ) A power point is a place in a wall where you can connect electrical equipment to the electricity supply.  
  (BRIT)      n-count  
in AM, usually use outlet, wall socket     
price point        ( price points    plural  ) The price point of a product is the price that it sells for.     (BUSINESS)      n-count  
No price point exists for the machine yet..., The big companies dominate the lower price points.     
rallying point        ( rallying points    plural  ) A rallying point is a place, event, or person that people are attracted to as a symbol of a political group or ideal.      n-count   (=focus)  
Students used the death of political activists as a rallying point for anti-government protests.     
selling point        ( selling points    plural  ) A selling point is a desirable quality or feature that something has which makes it likely that people will want to buy it.     (BUSINESS)      n-count  
starting point        ( starting points    plural  ) , starting-point  
1       n-count   Something that is a starting pointfor a discussion or process can be used to begin it or act as a basis for it.  
oft N for n   (=basis)  
These proposals represent a realistic starting point for negotiation...     
2       n-count   When you make a journey, your starting point is the place from which you start.  
usu with supp  
They had already walked a couple of miles or more from their starting point.     
sticking point        ( sticking points    plural  ) , sticking-point   A sticking point in a discussion or series of negotiations is a point on which the people involved cannot agree and which may delay or stop the talks. A sticking point is also one aspect of a problem which you have trouble dealing with.      n-count   usu sing  
The main sticking point was the question of taxes.     
talking point        ( talking points    plural  ) A talking point is an interesting subject for discussion or argument.      n-count  
It's bound to be the main talking point during discussions between the Prime Minister and the President.     
three-point turn        ( three-point turns    plural  ) When the driver of a vehicle does a three-point turn, he or she turns the vehicle by driving forwards in a curve, then backwards in a curve, and then forwards in a curve.      n-count  
turning point        ( turning points    plural  ) A turning point is a time at which an important change takes place which affects the future of a person or thing.      n-count   usu sing, oft N in/for n  
The vote yesterday appears to mark something of a turning point in the war...     
vanishing point        ( vanishing points    plural  )
1       n-count   The vanishing point is the point in the distance where parallel lines seem to meet.  
usu sing  
The highway stretched out ahead of me until it narrowed to a vanishing point some miles away.     
2       n-uncount   If you say that something has reached vanishing point, you mean it has become very small or unimportant.  
By 1973, this gap had narrowed almost to vanishing point...     
vantage point     ( vantage points    plural  )
1       n-count   A vantage point is a place from which you can see a lot of things.   (=viewpoint)  
From a concealed vantage point, he saw a car arrive...     
2       n-count   If you view a situation from a particular vantage point, you have a clear understanding of it because of the particular period of time you are in.  
oft with poss   (=viewpoint)  
From today's vantage point, the 1987 crash seems just a blip in the upward progress of the market...     
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the point where a minor change turns into a major and irreversible one
[Bus.] E.g. : Some have anticipated that social media would be the tipping point of web marketing.
à vieux corps, point de remède
à saint_aimé, point de moutons affamés
en four chaud ne croît point d'herbe
point of view
In cinema, refers to camera technique (caméra subjective).
à bourse de joueur n'a point de loquet
en plaid n'a point d'amour
ventre affamé n'a point d'oreille
á bon vin point d'enseigne
à parti pris point de conseil
hors de l'église point de salut
culture générale si l'on souhaite réussir une affaire, il faut s'en donner les moyens
beau parler n'écorche point la langue
à chemin battu, il ne croît point d'herbe
contre la mort, point de remède
chacun son métier et le chat n'ira point au lait
reach an extreme point or an upper limit; exhaust all options or resources
the diametrically opposite point on Earth's surface for a specific place
series of concentric, expanding circles caused by ripples in water from a central point
Phrase used when someone has brought all the evidences to support his point of view; "I'm done with explanations"
(about a movie or TV series) reach a point when, due to a unauthentic scene, it loses the appreciation of the public
made popular by "Indiana Jones" whose hero survives an explosion by hiding in a fridge
expression used to point out that one has to struggle or suffer to achieve his goal
Jason: Damn it! I can't take it anymore. This exercise is killing me! Ray: Yeah but it’ll help you lose weight. Don't you know? No pain, no gain!
worry about something; be concerned about smth. (to the point of not being able to fall asleep)
expression used to point out that one will eventually face the consequences of his own actions
to get so focused on the details or intricacies of something that you miss the big picture or the main point
His book subject is quite good, but he tends to miss the forest for the trees. (tending to get in too much detail and miss the essence).
used to point out that small problems or unpleasant events can in the end help things get better
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