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- simple past tense and past participle of point
pointed (comparative more pointed, superlative most pointed)
- (comparable) Sharp, barbed; not dull.
- The warrior brandished a pointed spear.
- (comparable) Having a relevance to the matter at hand: pertinent, relevant.
- (not comparable) In animals, having a coat pattern with points, that is, darkening of the extremities.
- The Siamese is a pointed breed of cat.
- (comparable, of a comment or inference) Directed negatively at a person or topic.
- 1863 February 21, “Important from Washington”, in The New York Times:
- Attention has been called to the report in a New-York paper, which has been made the subject of pointed comment […]
- 2013 June 18, Simon Romero, “Protests Widen as Brazilians Chide Leaders”, in New York Times, retrieved 21 June 2013:
- After a harsh police crackdown last week fueled anger and swelled protests, President Dilma Rousseff, a former guerrilla who was imprisoned under the dictatorship and has now become the target of pointed criticism herself, tried to appease dissenters by embracing their cause on Tuesday.
- 1910 September 3, “Taft Is Not Pleased by Roosevelt Plan”, in The New York Times:
- President Taft to-day had a pointed comment for the "new nationalism" that his predecessor has been launching in the West.
- (topology, algebraic topology, of a topological space) That has a named, but otherwise arbitrary, point (called the basepoint) that remains unchanged during subsequent discussion and is kept track of during all operations.
- (sharp): blunt
sharp at one end
of an arch, in architecture — see ogival