see also: Pointer
  • IPA: /ˈpɔɪntə/

pointer (plural pointers)

  1. Anything that points or is used for pointing.
  2. A teacher's pointer, pointing stick, a rod with an arrow.
    Synonyms: fescue
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  3. A needle-like component of a timepiece or measuring device that indicates the time or the current reading of the device.
    Synonyms: hand, needle
  4. (hunting) A breed of hunting dog, trained to point out game.
    • 2007, American Kennel Club, The Complete Dog Book, Ballantine Books (ISBN 9780307416995), page gbooks NqXaduT6Ak0C:
      Most of the early wirehaired pointers represented a combination of Griffon, Stichelhaar, Pudelpointer, and German Shorthair. The Pudelpointer was a cross between a Poodle dog and an English Pointer bitch; the Griffon and the Stichelhaar were composed of Pointer, Foxhound, Pudelpointer, and a Polish water dog.
  5. (programming) A variable that holds the address of a memory location where a value can be stored.
    Synonyms: reference
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  6. (graphical user interface) An icon that indicates the position of the pointing device, such as a mouse.
    Synonyms: cursor
    • 1995, Aaron Marcus, Nick Smilonich, Lynne Thompson, The Cross-GUI Handbook, Addison-Wesley ISBN 9780201575927, page 231:
      The system notifies the user of the progress of a task by changing the appearance of the pointer. System-busy pointers usually adopt a timepiece metaphor.
  7. (mostly, in the plural) A tip, a bit of advice.
    Synonyms: advice
    The instructor gave me some pointers on writing a good paper.
  8. (in combinations) Something worth a given number of points.
    a ten-pointer
Translations Translations
  • German: Zeigestock, Zeigestab
  • Italian: bacchetta
  • Russian: ука́зка
  • Spanish: puntero
Translations Translations
  • French: braque, chien d'arrêt
  • German: Vorstehhund, Pointer
  • Italian: puntatore, cane da punta, bracco
  • Portuguese: pointer
  • Russian: по́йнтер
  • Spanish: perro de muestra, braco
Proper noun
  1. Surname

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