gunpoint vs point what difference

what is difference between gunpoint and point

English

Etymology

From gun +‎ point.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡʌnpɔɪnt/

Noun

gunpoint (uncountable)

  1. A location in the front of the muzzle of a gun.
  2. Threat or coercion by display or aiming a firearm or similar weapon.

Derived terms

  • at gunpoint

Related terms

  • knifepoint

Translations

See also

  • point blank

Anagrams

  • Upington


English

Pronunciation

  • (UK, General American) enPR: point, IPA(key): /pɔɪnt/
  • Rhymes: -ɔɪnt

Etymology 1

From Middle English point, from Old French point m (dot; minute amount), from Latin pūnctum (a hole punched in; a point, puncture), substantive use of pūnctus m, perfect passive participle of pungō (I prick, punch); alternatively, from Old French pointe f (sharp tip), from Latin pūncta f (past participle). Displaced native Middle English ord (point), from Old English ord (point). Doublet of pointe, punctum, punt, and punto.

Noun

point (plural points)

  1. A discrete division of something.
    1. An individual element in a larger whole; a particular detail, thought, or quality. [from 13th c.]
    2. A particular moment in an event or occurrence; a juncture. [from 13th c.]
    3. (archaic) Condition, state. [from 13th c.]
    4. A topic of discussion or debate; a proposition. [from 14th c.]
    5. A focus of conversation or consideration; the main idea.
    6. A purpose or objective, which makes something meaningful. [from 14th c.]
    7. (obsolete) The smallest quantity of something; a jot, a whit. [14th-17th c.]
    8. (obsolete) A tiny amount of time; a moment. [14th-17th c.]
      • 1599, John Davies, Nosce Teipsum
        When time’s first point begun / Made he all souls.|title=Of the Soule of Man and the Immortalitie Thereof
    9. A specific location or place, seen as a spatial position. [from 14th c.]
    10. (mathematics, sciences) A zero-dimensional mathematical object representing a location in one or more dimensions; something considered to have position but no magnitude or direction. [from 14th c.]
    11. A full stop or other terminal punctuation mark. [from 14th c.]
    12. (music) A dot or mark used to designate certain tones or time. In ancient music, it distinguished or characterized certain tones or styles (points of perfection, of augmentation, etc.). In modern music, it is placed on the right of a note to raise its value, or prolong its time, by one half.
    13. (by extension) A note; a tune.
    14. A distinguishing quality or characteristic. [from 15th c.]
    15. (in the plural, dated) The chief or excellent features.
      the points of a horse
    16. Something tiny, as a pinprick; a very small mark. [from 15th c.]
    17. (now only in phrases) A tenth; formerly also a twelfth. [from 17th c.]
    18. Each of the marks or strokes written above letters, especially in Semitic languages, to indicate vowels, stress etc. [from 17th c.]
    19. (sports, video games, board games) A unit of scoring in a game or competition. [from 18th c.]
    20. (mathematics) A decimal point (now especially when reading decimal fractions aloud). [from 18th c.]
    21. (economics) A unit used to express differences in prices of stocks and shares. [from 19th c.]
    22. (typography) a unit of measure equal to 1/12 of a pica, or approximately 1/72 of an inch (exactly 1/72 of an inch in the digital era). [from 19th c.]
    23. (Britain) An electric power socket. [from 20th c.]
    24. (navigation, nautical) A unit of bearing equal to one thirty-second of a circle, i.e. 11.25°.
    25. (Britain) A unit of measure for rain, equal to 0.254 mm or 0.01 of an inch.
  2. A sharp extremity.
    1. The sharp tip of an object. [from 14th c.]
    2. Any projecting extremity of an object. [from 14th c.]
    3. An object which has a sharp or tapering tip. [from 14th c.]
    4. (backgammon) Each of the twelve triangular positions in either table of a backgammon board, on which the stones are played. [from 15th c.]
    5. A peninsula or promontory. [from 15th c.]
    6. The position at the front or vanguard of an advancing force. [from 16th c.]
      1. (by extension) An operational or public leadership position in a risky endeavor.
    7. Each of the main directions on a compass, usually considered to be 32 in number; a direction. [from 16th c.]
    8. (nautical) The difference between two points of the compass.
    9. Pointedness of speech or writing; a penetrating or decisive quality of expression. [from 17th c.]
    10. (rail transport, Britain, in the plural) A railroad switch. [from 19th c.]
    11. (usually in the plural) An area of contrasting colour on an animal, especially a dog; a marking. [from 19th c.]
    12. A tine or snag of an antler.
    13. (fencing) A movement executed with the sabre or foil.
  3. (heraldry) One of the several different parts of the escutcheon.
  4. (nautical) A short piece of cordage used in reefing sails.
  5. (historical) A string or lace used to tie together certain garments.
  6. Lace worked by the needle.
  7. (US, slang, dated) An item of private information; a hint; a tip; a pointer.
  8. The attitude assumed by a pointer dog when he finds game.
  9. (falconry) The perpendicular rising of a hawk over the place where its prey has gone into cover.
  10. The act of pointing, as of the foot downward in certain dance positions.
  11. The gesture of extending the index finger in a direction in order to indicate something.
    • 2005, Marc Marschark, Patricia Elizabeth Spencer, Oxford handbook of deaf studies, language, and education
      [] DCDP children are exposed to more points and gesturelike signs in their linguistic environment []
  12. (medicine, obsolete) A vaccine point.
  13. In various sports, a position of a certain player, or, by extension, the player occupying that position.
    1. (cricket) A fielding position square of the wicket on the off side, between gully and cover. [from 19th c.]
    2. (lacrosse, ice hockey) The position of the player of each side who stands a short distance in front of the goalkeeper.
    3. (baseball) The position of the pitcher and catcher.
    4. (hunting) A spot to which a straight run is made; hence, a straight run from point to point; a cross-country run.
Synonyms
  • (location or place): location, place, position, spot
  • (in geometry): ord
  • (particular moment in an event or occurrence): moment, ord, time
  • (sharp tip): end, ord, tip
  • (arithmetic symbol): spot, decimal point (name of the symbol; not used when reading decimal fractions aloud)
  • (opinion): opinion, point of view, view, viewpoint
  • (unit of measure of success or failure): mark (in a competition)
  • (color of extremities of an animal):
Hyponyms
Derived terms
Related terms
Descendants
  • Indonesian: poin
  • Japanese: ポイント (pointo)
  • Korean: 포인트 (pointeu)
Translations
See also
  • Appendix:Collocations of do, have, make, and take for the use of point with these verbs
References
  • point on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Etymology 2

From Middle English pointen, poynten, from Old French pointier, pointer, poynter, from Medieval Latin punctare, pūnctuāre, from Latin pūnctum.

Verb

point (third-person singular simple present points, present participle pointing, simple past and past participle pointed)

  1. (intransitive) To extend the index finger in the direction of something in order to show where it is or to draw attention to it.
    • Point at the tattered coat and ragged shoe.
  2. (intransitive) To draw attention to something or indicate a direction.
  3. (intransitive) To face in a particular direction.
  4. (transitive, sometimes figuratively) To direct toward an object; to aim.
    • 1853, Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons, Parliamentary Papers (volume 11, page 267)
      Mr. Fitzsimons pointed my attention to an outside car on which was written, “Take warning,” or something of that kind, and he pointed that out to me, and drew my attention to it, as a thing likely to intimidate []
  5. To give a point to; to sharpen; to cut, forge, grind, or file to an acute end.
  6. (intransitive) To indicate a probability of something.
  7. (transitive, intransitive, masonry) To repair mortar.
  8. (transitive, masonry) To fill up and finish the joints of (a wall), by introducing additional cement or mortar, and bringing it to a smooth surface.
  9. (stone-cutting) To cut, as a surface, with a pointed tool.
  10. (transitive) To direct or encourage (someone) in a particular direction.
  11. (transitive, mathematics) To separate an integer from a decimal with a decimal point.
  12. (transitive) To mark with diacritics.
  13. (dated) To supply with punctuation marks; to punctuate.
  14. (transitive, computing) To direct the central processing unit to seek information at a certain location in memory.
  15. (transitive, Internet) To direct requests sent to a domain name to the IP address corresponding to that domain name.
  16. (intransitive, nautical) To sail close to the wind.
  17. (intransitive, hunting) To indicate the presence of game by a fixed and steady look, as certain hunting dogs do.
    • 1713, John Gay, The Rural Sports
      He treads with caution, and he points with fear.
  18. (medicine, of an abscess) To approximate to the surface; to head.
  19. (dated) To give point to (something said or done); to give particular prominence or force to.
    • 1924, EM Forster, A Passage to India, Penguin 2005, p. 85:
      ‘Oh, it is the great defect in our Indian character!’ – and, as if to point his criticism, the lights of the Civil Station appeared on a rise to the right.
Derived terms
Translations

Etymology 3

From Middle English pointen, poynten, by apheresis of apointen, appointen, appoynten. See appoint.

Verb

point (third-person singular simple present points, present participle pointing, simple past and past participle pointed)

  1. (obsolete) To appoint.

References

Further reading

  • point in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • point in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Anagrams

  • Pinto, opt in, opt-in, pinot, pinto, piton, potin

Danish

Etymology

From French point, from Latin pūnctum, the neuter of the participle pūnctus (pointed). The French word is also borrowed to pointe, and the Latin word is borrowed to punkt (dot) and punktum (full stop). See also punktere.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [pʰoˈɛŋ]

Noun

point

  1. a point (in a game)

Declension

See also

  • punkt
  • pointe
  • pointere

Further reading

  • “point” in Den Danske Ordbog

French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /pwɛ̃/
  • (Quebec) IPA(key): [pwɛ̃ɪ̃]
  • Rhymes: -ɛ̃
  • Homophones: poing, poings, points

Etymology 1

From Middle French poinct (with orthography modified to reflect the Latin etymology), from Old French point, from Latin punctum.

Noun

point m (plural points)

  1. point (small mark)
  2. (sports, games) point
  3. full stop, period (punctuation mark)
  4. (knitting) stitch pattern
Derived terms
Descendants
  • Danish: point
  • Norwegian Bokmål: poeng

Adverb

point

  1. (literary, dialectal, usually with “ne”) not
    Synonym: pas (contemporary French)

Related terms

  • appointer
  • pointe
  • poindre
  • poignant
  • poinçon

Etymology 2

From Old French point, from Latin punctus.

Verb

point m (feminine singular pointe, masculine plural points, feminine plural pointes)

  1. past participle of poindre

Etymology 3

From Latin pungit.

Verb

point

  1. third-person singular present indicative of poindre

Anagrams

  • piton

Further reading

  • “point” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Manx

Etymology

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Verb

point (verbal noun pointeil, past participle pointit)

  1. appoint

Mutation


Norman

Etymology

From Old French point, from Latin punctum.

Noun

point m (plural points)

  1. (Jersey) full stop, period (punctuation mark)

Derived terms

  • point d’excliamâtion (exclamation mark)
  • point d’tchestchionn’nie (question mark)
  • point virgule (semicolon)

Old French

Etymology 1

From Latin punctum.

Noun

point m (oblique plural poinz or pointz, nominative singular poinz or pointz, nominative plural point)

  1. a sting; a prick
  2. moment; time
  3. (on a die) dot
  4. small amount

Adverb

point

  1. a little
  2. (with ne) not (indicates negation)

Descendants

  • Middle French: poinct
    • French: point

Etymology 2

From Latin punctus.

Verb

point

  1. past participle of poindre

Descendants

  • Dutch: pointeren
  • English: point
  • Middle French: poinct
    • French: point
      • Norwegian Bokmål: poeng

Polish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): //pwɛnt//

Noun

point f pl

  1. genitive plural of pointa

Portuguese

Pronunciation

  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ˈpõj̃.t͡ʃ(i)/

Noun

point m (plural points)

  1. (Brazil, slang) a location where members of a group usually meet

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