follow Dictionary.com

How Well Do You Know English Slang?

pinpoint

[pin-point] /ˈpɪnˌpɔɪnt/
noun
1.
the point of a pin.
2.
a trifle; pinhead.
3.
a tiny spot or sharp point.
verb (used with object)
4.
to locate or describe exactly or precisely:
to pinpoint the problem.
adjective
5.
exact; precise:
pinpoint accuracy.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; pin + point
Synonyms
3. spot, localize, identify, define.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for pinpoint
  • There are so many, it's difficult to pinpoint it down to one.
  • Researchers can then work backward to pinpoint the time and place of the lightning.
  • The first thing you should do is pinpoint the exact location of the campus, especially if you're driving.
  • But he hadn't been able to pinpoint their source-until now.
  • The software will help users pinpoint areas prone to igniting.
  • The participants then had to pinpoint the locations they'd last seen the circles.
  • She felt a pressure from inside, but she could not pinpoint what was wrong.
  • The idea was to pinpoint how the milk, a terrific germ-fighter, blocks bacteria from infecting other cells.
  • Then he constructed domains in which equal destruction occurred, and thus he could pinpoint the epicenter.
  • Albedo can also help pinpoint the temperature of a solar body.
British Dictionary definitions for pinpoint

pinpoint

/ˈpɪnˌpɔɪnt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to locate or identify exactly to pinpoint a problem, to pinpoint a place on a map
noun
2.
an insignificant or trifling thing
3.
the point of a pin
4.
(modifier) exact a pinpoint aim
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for pinpoint
n.

also pin-point, "point of a pin," 1849, from pin (n.) + point (n.). Taken into aeronautics in sense "place identified from the air," hence verb meaning "locate precisely" (1917), which originally was aviators' slang. Related: Pinpointed; pinpointing. As an adjective, "performed with precisional accuracy," 1944, originally of aerial bombing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for pinpoint

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for pinpoint

12
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with pinpoint

Nearby words for pinpoint