pointer: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (poin'tur), [key]
— n.
  1. a person or thing that points.
  2. a long, tapering stick used by teachers, lecturers, etc., in pointing things out on a map, blackboard, or the like.
  3. the hand on a watch dial, clock face, scale, etc.
  4. the member of an artillery crew who aims the weapon.
  5. one of a breed of short-haired hunting dogs trained to point game.
  6. a piece of advice, esp. on how to succeed in a specific area: The food expert gave some good pointers on making better salads.
  7. an identifier giving the location in storage of something of interest, as a data item, table, or subroutine.
  8. the two outer stars of the Big Dipper that lie on a line that passes very near Polaris and are used for finding it.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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