pointer Definition

  • 1a thing that points or directs someone or something to a particular place or direction
  • 2a long, thin stick with a pointed end used for indicating things on a board or screen

Using pointer: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "pointer" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The signpost is a pointer to the nearest town.

  • Example

    The teacher used a pointer to indicate the correct answer on the board.

  • Example

    The mouse pointer on the computer screen can be moved using the mouse.

pointer Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for pointer

Phrases with pointer

  • a breed of dog trained to locate game by scent


    My uncle's pointer dog is an excellent hunting companion.

  • pointer sisters

    an American R&B singing group from Oakland, California


    The Pointer Sisters won three Grammy Awards for their music in the 1980s.

  • a feature of some programming languages that allows manipulation of memory addresses using arithmetic operations


    Pointer arithmetic is a powerful tool in C programming.


Summary: pointer in Brief

A 'pointer' [ˈpɔɪntər] is a device or object used to indicate or direct someone or something to a particular place or direction. It can be a physical stick or a digital cursor on a screen. 'Pointer' also refers to a breed of hunting dog, the Pointer Sisters music group, and a feature in some programming languages called 'pointer arithmetic.'

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