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point +‎ -ing



pointing (countable and uncountable, plural pointings)

  1. The action of the verb to point.
    • 1939, Coleman Roberts Griffith, Psychology Applied to Teaching and Learning:
      For the sake of convenience, we may call these pointings or signifyings the secondary phase of meaning.
  2. The filling of joints in brickwork or masonry with mortar.
    • 2021 December 15, Robin Leleux, “Awards honour the best restoration projects: The Southeastern Commercial Restoration Award: Appledore”, in RAIL, number 946, pages 56-57:
      The necessary works were extensive and included replacing missing and damaged slates and other roof repairs (in order to make the building watertight), pointing and drainpipe replacement, and extensive replacement of rotten floorboarding.
  3. (usually singular or collective, sometimes proscribed) Mortar that has been placed between bricks to hold them together.
  4. The act or art of punctuating; punctuation.
  5. The rubbing off of the point of the wheat grain in the first process of high milling.
  6. (art) The act or process of measuring, at the various distances from the surface of a block of marble, the surface of a future piece of statuary; also, a process used in cutting the statue from the artist's model.

Derived terms[edit]



  1. present participle of point


Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for pointing in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913)