from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A soldier who is assigned to a position some distance ahead of a patrol as a lookout.
- n. A man who has a crucial, often hazardous role in the forefront of an enterprise: "[He] has traditionally been the administration's point man on affirmative-action issues, making frequent public appearances to present and clarify the administration's views” ( Christian Science Monitor).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. In combat, the soldier who takes point; the soldier who assumes the first and most exposed position in a combat military formation; the lead soldier/unit advancing through hostile or unsecured territory.
- n. By extension, a most trusted assistant or associate; the person to whom one would most rely upon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the lead soldier in a foot patrol under combat conditions.
- n. a person who takes a conspicuous public position in proposing a new idea or initiating a new policy, who may become a target of criticism for those opposed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who is the forefront of an important enterprise
- n. a soldier who goes ahead of a patrol
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