Definitions

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  • n. Plural form of point.
  • n. Movable rails which can be used to switch a train from one railway track to another.
  • n. The two metal surfaces in a distributor which close or open to allow current to flow or not through the ignition coil. Each surface is called a point singular (there's usually a moving point which is pushed by the distributor cam and a fixed point which isn't), but they're made together in a unit and serviced or replaced that way and are hence normally called points plural.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of point.

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Examples

  • Just to give one example: he accepts something like a coloured picture, with all the different colour points, traveling in parallel up the optic nerve and has to concern himself with how many colour ˜points™ could travel in parallel in a single nerve (Czolbe 1855: 33).

    Friedrich Albert Lange

  • The crossing points are called “nodal points”, the closed sections between the nodal points a “mesh” and each part of the line “mesh line”.

    4. Power transmission and distribution in power supply systems

  • In blazon a Label is supposed to have three points; but, if more, the number is to be specified; thus, No. 271 is simply “_a Label_,” but No. 272 is “_a Label of five points_.”

    The Handbook to English Heraldry

  • Ultra-Chartists, 'Danes' as they were then called, coming into his territory with their 'five points,' or rather with their five-and-twenty thousand _points_ and edges too, of pikes namely and battle-axes; and proposing mere Heathenism, confiscation, spoliation, and fire and sword, -- Edmund answered that he would oppose to the utmost such savagery.

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle's Collected Works, Vol. XIII.

  • Chartists, 'Danes' as they were then called, coming into his territory with their 'five points,' or rather with their five - and-twenty thousand _points_ and edges too, of pikes namely and battleaxes; and proposing mere Heathenism, confiscation, spoliation, and fire and sword, -- Edmund answered that he would oppose to the utmost such savagery.

    Past and Present

  • There are two classes of objective points, -- objective _points of maneuver_, and _geographical objective points_.

    The Art of War

  • Those points the possession of which would give the control of the junction of several valleys and of the center of the chief lines of communication in a country are also _decisive geographic points_.

    The Art of War

  • The term points to a destructive narrative that has become sadly ingrained in our culture: the notion that blacks who are too "polished" or "accomplished" are somehow betraying their race.

    The Racial Biases of Duke Hating

  • In addition to listing the product's ingredients, the label points to a comprehensive website so anybody buying, using or disposing of the product can easily find all the relevant information they would need to make informed decisions about the health of the product, its lifecycle impacts, and how to responsibly care for and dispose of it, including:

    Andy Mannle: New "Ingredient" Label for Buildings Launches at Greenbuild

  • One of Tyler's main points is that positive liberty is a good thing, and should be valued over negative liberty if one must choose.

    Tyler on the Problems of Libertarians, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

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