Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something extremely small or trifling.
  • n. A very small or sharp point: a pinpoint of light.
  • n. A point on a map marking a precise location or target.
  • transitive v. To locate or identify with precision.
  • transitive v. To take precise aim at: pinpoint a target.
  • transitive v. To direct attention to: We pinpointed the flaws in his argument.
  • adj. Meticulously precise: measured the line with pinpoint accuracy.
  • adj. Extremely small; minuscule: pinpoint creatures.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The point of a pin.
  • adj. Extremely precise or specific, especially regarding location.
  • v. To identify or locate precisely or with great accuracy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a very brief moment
  • v. locate exactly
  • n. the sharp point of a pin
  • n. a very small spot

Etymologies

From pin +‎ point. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They will try to carry out what they call pinpoint strikes of using their ground forces.

    CNN Transcript Jul 30, 2006

  • Now, the Israeli military saying this is still what they call pinpoint operations targeting, those rocket launches, although at this point, around 1,400 rockets have landing in northern Israel.

    CNN Transcript Jul 28, 2006

  • But, in the past few weeks, we have been witnessing Israel conducts what it calls pinpoint operations in and out of Hezbollah strongholds in southern Lebanon.

    CNN Transcript Aug 9, 2006

  • All the catholic justices (OK, all the justices) come from decent size cities (except for thomas who was born in pinpoint georgia, but grew up in savanah).

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Why Catholics and Jews?

  • ` ` I think the one main thing I'd have to pinpoint is that they played harder than we did. ''

    USATODAY.com

  • One thing I will pinpoint is how to modify your WordPress installation with some minor hacks here and there.

    Do-It-Yourself Search Engine Optimization Guide « Lorelle on WordPress

  • How could one fight a foe that could rain pinpoint destruction through the clouds, day or night, 24/7?

    The Kabul-ki Dance

  • There was nothing I could pinpoint from the round which would give me a clue. ...

    Sunday, July 21

  • SPIGELMAN: Look, we're going to be operating in south Lebanon, as I said in what we're calling pinpoint, sort of in/out-type of operations.

    CNN Transcript Jul 22, 2006

  • Seven Palestinians were killed in what Israel calls pinpoint strikes to destroy rocket launching facilities.

    CNN Transcript Nov 1, 2006

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