Definition of pointer noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɔɪntə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɔɪntər//
    Domesticated mammals
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  1. 1(informal) a piece of advice Here are some pointers on how to go about the writing task.
  2. 2pointer (to something) a sign that something exists; a sign that shows how something may develop in the future The surge in car sales was regarded as an encouraging pointer to an improvement in the economy.
  3. 3a thin strip of metal that points to the numbers on a dial on a piece of equipment for measuring something
  4. 4a stick used to point to things on a map or picture on a wall
  5. 5 (computing) a small symbol, for example an arrow, that marks a point on a computer screen
  6. 6 a large dog used in hunting, trained to stand still with its nose pointing towards the birds that are being hunted See related entries: Domesticated mammals
  7. Extra examples He offered a few pointers on starting your own business. Here are a few pointers on designing such facilities. His symptoms gave no obvious pointer to a possible diagnosis. I was trying to get some pointers on what I should do. Move the mouse pointer to the menu bar. She used a laser pointer during her presentation. The examiner’s comments include pointers for future study. pointers towards a new political agenda The surge in car sales is an encouraging pointer to an improvement in the economy.
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