pointers

pointer

[poin-ter]
noun
1.
a person or thing that points.
2.
a long, tapering stick used by teachers, lecturers, etc., in pointing things out on a map, blackboard, or the like.
3.
the hand on a watch dial, clock face, scale, etc.
4.
Military. the member of an artillery crew who aims the weapon.
5.
one of a breed of short-haired hunting dogs trained to point game.
6.
a piece of advice, especially on how to succeed in a specific area: The food expert gave some good pointers on making better salads.
7.
Computers. an identifier giving the location in storage of something of interest, as a data item, table, or subroutine.
8.
Pointers, Astronomy. the two outer stars of the Big Dipper that lie on a line that passes very near Polaris and are used for finding it.

Origin:
1490–1500; point + -er1


6. tip, hint, suggestion, caution.
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pointer (ˈpɔɪntə)
 
n
1.  a person or thing that points
2.  an indicator on a measuring instrument
3.  a long rod or cane used by a lecturer to point to parts of a map, blackboard, etc
4.  one of a breed of large swift smooth-coated dogs, usually white with black, liver, or lemon markings: when on shooting expeditions it points to the bird with its nose, body, and tail in a straight line
5.  a helpful piece of information or advice

Pointers (ˈpɔɪntəz)
 
pl n
the Pointers the two brightest stars in the Plough (Dubhe and Merak), which lie in the direction pointing towards the Pole Star and are therefore used to locate it

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pointer
"dog that stands rigid in the presence of game, facing the quarry," 1717, from point (v.).
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