But functioning fireplaces remain to this day a powerful selling point in a house or apartment.
For example, a Colombian who wants someone to approach him often signals with a hand movement in which all the fingers of one hand, cupped, point downward as they move rapidly back and forth.
Kodak's decision to file for bankruptcy（破产）protection is a sad, though not unexpected, turning point for a leading American corporation that pioneered consumer photography and dominated the film market for decades, but ultimately failed to adapt to the digital revolution
You use point to refer to something that someone has said or written.
We disagree with every point Mr Blunkett makes...
Dave Hill's article makes the right point about the Taylor Report...
If you say that someone has a point, or if you take their point, you mean that you accept that what they have said is important and should be considered.
'If he'd already killed once, surely he'd have killed Sarah?' She had a point there...
Oh I take your point, John, about that.
The point of what you are saying or discussing is the most important part that provides a reason or explanation for the rest.
'Did I ask you to talk to me?' — 'That's not the point.'...
The American Congress and media mostly missed the point about all this.
If you ask what the point of something is, or say that there is no point in it, you are indicating that a particular action has no purpose or would not be useful.
What was the point of thinking about him?...
There was no point in staying any longer.
A point is a detail, aspect, or quality of something or someone.
Many of the points in the report are correct...
The most interesting point about the village was its religion...
A point is a particular place or position where something happens.
As a mark of respect the emperor met him at a point several weeks' march from the capital...
The pain originated from a point in his right thigh.
You use point to refer to a particular time, or to a particular stage in the development of something.
We're all going to die at some point...
At one point, around 70,000 members had failed to pay...
The point of something such as a pin, needle, or knife is the thin, sharp end of it.
In spoken English, you use point to refer to the dot or mark in a decimal number that separates the whole numbers from the fractions.
This is FM stereo one oh three point seven...
Inflation at nine point four percent is the worst for eight years.
In some sports, competitions, and games, a point is one of the single marks that are added together to give the total score.
They lost the 1977 World Cup final to Australia by a single point...
Chamberlain scored 50 or more points four times in the season.
The points of the compass are directions such as North, South, East, and West.
Sightseers arrived from all points of the compass.
On a railway track, the points are the levers and rails at a place where two tracks join or separate. The points enable a train to move from one track to another.
...the rattle of the wheels across the points.
A point is an electric socket.
...too far away from the nearest electrical point.
If you point at a person or thing, you hold out your finger towards them in order to make someone notice them.
I pointed at the boy sitting nearest me...
He pointed at me with the stem of his pipe...
If you point something at someone, you aim the tip or end of it towards them.
David Khan pointed his finger at Mary...
A man pointed a gun at them and pulled the trigger.
If something points to a place or points in a particular direction, it shows where that place is or it faces in that direction.
An arrow pointed to the toilets...
You can go anywhere and still the compass points north or south...
If something points to a particular situation, it suggests that the situation exists or is likely to occur.
Earlier reports pointed to pupils working harder, more continuously, and with enthusiasm...
Private polls and embassy reports pointed to a no vote.
If you point to something that has happened or that is happening, you are using it as proof that a particular situation exists.
George Fodor points to other weaknesses in the way the campaign has progressed...
Gooch last night pointed to their bowling as the key to World Cup success.
When builders point a wall, they put a substance such as cement into the gaps between the bricks or stones in order to make the wall stronger and seal it.
If you say that something is beside the point, you mean that it is not relevant to the subject that you are discussing.
Brian didn't like it, but that was beside the point.
When someone comes to the point or gets to the point, they start talking about the thing that is most important to them.
He came to the point at once. 'You did a splendid job on this case.'...
Was she ever going to get to the point?
If you make your point or prove your point, you prove that something is true, either by arguing about it or by your actions or behaviour.
I think you've made your point, dear...
Dr David McCleland, of Boston University, studied one-hundred people, aged eighteen to sixty, to prove the point...
If you make a point of doing something, you do it in a very deliberate or obvious way.
She made a point of spending as much time as possible away from Osborne House.
If you are on the point of doing something, you are about to do it.
He was on the point of saying something when the phone rang...
She looked on the point of tears.
Something that is to the point is relevant to the subject that you are discussing, or expressed neatly without wasting words or time.
Mr. Baker was smiling and to the point...
The description which he had been given was brief and to the point.
If you say that something is true up to a point, you mean that it is partly but not completely true.
'Was she good?' — 'Mmm. Up to a point.'
It worked up to a point.
1. a geometric element that has position but no extension;"a point is defined by its coordinates"
2. the precise location of something; a spatially limited location;"she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"
3. a brief version of the essential meaning of something;"get to the point""he missed the point of the joke""life has lost its point"
4. a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process;"a remarkable degree of frankness""at what stage are the social sciences?"
5. an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole;"several of the details are similar""a point of information"
6. an instant of time;"at that point I had to leave"
7. the object of an activity;"what is the point of discussing it?"
8. a V shape;"the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points"
9. a very small circular shape;"a row of points""draw lines between the dots"
10. the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest;"he scored 20 points in the first half""a touchdown counts 6 points"
11. a promontory extending out into a large body of water;"they sailed south around the point"
12. a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list;"he noticed an item in the New York Times""she had several items on her shopping list""the main point on the agenda was taken up first"
13. a style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect
14. an outstanding characteristic;"his acting was one of the high points of the movie"
15. sharp end;"he stuck the point of the knife into a tree""he broke the point of his pencil"
16. any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass;"he checked the point on his compass"
17. a linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch
18. a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations;"in England they call a period a stop"
19. a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer;"the point of the arrow was due north"
20. the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp point
21. a distinguishing or individuating characteristic;"he knows my bad points as well as my good points"
22. the gun muzzle's direction;"he held me up at the point of a gun"
23. a wall socket
24. a contact in the distributor; as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts distributor points and current flows to the spark plugs
1. indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively;"I showed the customer the glove section""He pointed to the empty parking space""he indicated his opponents"
2. be oriented;"The weather vane points North"
3. direct into a position for use;"point a gun""He charged his weapon at me"
4. direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
5. be a signal for or a symptom of;"These symptoms indicate a serious illness""Her behavior points to a severe neurosis""The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued"
6. sail close to the wind
7. mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics
8. mark with diacritics;"point the letter"
9. mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes
10. be positionable in a specified manner;"The gun points with ease"
11. intend (something) to move towards a certain goal;"He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face""criticism directed at her superior""direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself"
12. give a point to;"The candles are tapered"
13. repair the joints of bricks;"point a chimney"