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See also: pin-point


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From pin +‎ point.



pinpoint (plural pinpoints)

  1. The point of a pin.



pinpoint (comparative more pinpoint, superlative most pinpoint)

  1. Extremely precise or specific, especially regarding location.
    The machine assembles parts at high speed and with pinpoint accuracy.
    • 2011 January 5, Saj Chowdhury, “Newcastle 0 - 0 West Ham”, in BBC[1]:
      The 28-year-old not only hassled the visitors' midfield but also delivered pinpoint balls with alarming accuracy as far as the east Londoners were concerned.



pinpoint (third-person singular simple present pinpoints, present participle pinpointing, simple past and past participle pinpointed)

  1. (transitive) To identify or locate (someone or something) precisely or with great accuracy.
    The investigators tried to pinpoint the source of the flames.
    • 2017 November 7, Bernadette Rainey; Elizabeth Wicks; Clare Ovey, Jacobs, White, and Ovey. The European Convention on Human Rights, Oxford: Oxford University Press, page 411:
      It would defeat the purpose of secret surveillance if individuals were able to pinpoint exactly when the police were likely to be listening in on their conversations and adapt their behaviour accordingly, and the [European] Court [of Human Rights] has not interpreted Article 8 to require that this information should be provided to individuals, either before, during, or after they have been the subject of surveillance measures.