point-to-point

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The chassis of a 1948 Motorola “Golden View” television set, showing complex point-to-point wiring (sense 1.1).

From point (individual element in a larger whole; specific location or place; topic of discussion or debate) + to + point.[1]

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point-to-point (not comparable)

  1. Travelling directly from a starting point to an ending point, or from one point to another in a series of points without passing through any intermediate points.
    1. (electronics) Being or relating to a method of manually constructing electronic circuits prior to automation and printed circuit boards, where components were individually mounted on the chassis prior to soldering.
    2. (telecommunications) Employing a simple network topology with a dedicated link between two endpoints.
    3. (transport) Travelling directly from source to destination without passing through a hub.
      • 1961 April, Cecil J. Allen, “Locomotive Running Past and Present”, in Trains Illustrated, London: Ian Allan Publishing, ISSN 0141-9935, OCLC 35845948, page 210:
        In the interests of evening out the demand on locomotive power throughout the run, some adjustment of point-to-point timings might be worth while, especially an easing of the timing from Darlington to York.
  2. Having every aspect or point of something matching up with corresponding aspects or points of something else.
    a point-to-point rebuttal of the argument

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Riders taking part in a point-to-point horse race.

point-to-point (plural point-to-points)

  1. (horse racing, also attributively) A kind of horse race involving a direct cross-country course with obstacles for hunting horses and amateur riders.

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  1. ^ point-to-point, adj. and n.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, September 2018; “point-to-point, adj. and n.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

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