from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Acting or arriving exactly at the time appointed; prompt.
- adj. Paid or accomplished at or by the appointed time.
- adj. Precise; exact.
- adj. Confined to or having the nature of a point in space.
- adj. Linguistics Of, related to, or being the verbal aspect that expresses momentary action or action considered as having no temporal duration.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. prompt or on time
- adj. Existing as a point or series of points
- adj. Expressing momentary action that has no duration
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Consisting in a point; limited to a point; unextended.
- adj. Observant of nice points; punctilious; precise.
- adj. Appearing or done at, or adhering exactly to, a regular or an appointed time; precise; prompt.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Consisting of a point; being a point.
- Exact; precise; nice.
- Exact or prompt in action or in the observance of time, the keeping of appointments, engagements, etc.
- Prompt; at the exact or stipulated time: as, punctual payment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. acting or arriving or performed exactly at the time appointed
Middle English, sharp-pointed, from Medieval Latin pūnctuālis, from Latin pūnctum, point, from neuter past participle of pungere, to prick; see pungent.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)