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Definition of pointer noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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. 6a large dog used in hunting, trained to stand still with its nose pointing toward the birds that are being hunted
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