A sharp or tapered end: the point of a knife; the point of the antenna. An object having a sharp or tapered end: a stone projectile point. A tapering extension of land projecting into water; a peninsula, cape, or promontory. A mark formed by or as if by a sharp end. A mark or dot used in printing or writing for punctuation, especially a period. A decimal point. Linguistics A vowel point. One of the protruding marks used in certain methods of writing and printing for the blind. Mathematics A dimensionless geometric object having no properties except location. Mathematics An element in a geometrically described set. A place or locality considered with regard to its position: connections to Chicago and points west. A narrowly particularized and localized position or place; a spot: The troops halted at a point roughly 1,000 yards from the river. A specified degree, condition, or limit, as in a scale or course: the melting point of a substance. Any of the 32 equal divisions marked at the circumference of a mariner's compass card that indicate direction. The interval of 11\u00b015\u02b9 between any two adjacent markings. A distinct condition or degree: finally reached the point of exhaustion. The interval of time immediately before a given occurrence; the verge: on the point of resignation; at the point of death. A specific moment in time: At this point, we are ready to proceed. An objective or purpose to be reached or achieved, or one that is worth reaching or achieving: What is the point of discussing this issue further? The major idea or essential part of a concept or narrative: You have missed the whole point of the novel. A significant, outstanding, or effective idea, argument, or suggestion: Your point is well taken. A separate, distinguishing item or element; a detail: Diplomacy is certainly not one of his strong points. Your weak point is your constant need for approval. A quality or characteristic that is important or distinctive, especially a standard characteristic used to judge an animal. A single unit, as in counting, rating, or measuring. A unit of academic credit usually equal to one hour of class work per week during one semester.