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My problem is the definition that in English goes like this:

A position on a reference system determined by a survey. (Source: WHIT)

Can someone give a usage example of one of the expressions in this concept? Is this the same "point" as the ones used in various games? --Mikalaari 16:47, 7 September 2006 (CEST)

I would eliminate the part "determined by a survey". I guess it comes from topografy but in mathematics and other disciplines no survey is needed to dermine a point in a frame of reference. --Berto 09:31, 8 September 2006 (CEST)

I agree with Berto. Kipcool 13:11, 8 September 2006 (CEST)

Usage examples[edit]

Here are some usage examples for each concept defined for point, to help to understand what the definitions mean as they might not be perfect at the moment. (The examples might not be perfect either.)


A certain place in a continuum.[edit]

  • The melting point of iron is 1811 Kelvins.
  • The work has come to the point that in can be published.
  • Welcome to Starting Point!
  • But, at a certain point, when "one too many" black families arrived, the remaining white families would move out en masse in a process known as white flight.
  • In the presence of nucleating substances the freezing point of water is the same as the melting point.
  • At one point the gun was pointed onto my head.

A position on a reference system determined by a survey.[edit]

  • A point representing a location in (x, y) coordinate space, specified in integer precision.
  • The route from the introductory point to the terminal point is represented by a string of coordinate points. The points are numbered in ascending order from the introductory point to the terminal point. The introductory and terminal points are excluded from the numbering of points. It is recommended to set coordinate points at branches of the route or points where the route changes in shape significantly, between the introductory and terminal points.
  • If you help somebody out and they confirm you helped them, you get the number of points indicated in the status column. These points will show up on your userinfo page.
  • Search by city, point of interest, or airport.

Zero-dimensional mathematical object.[edit]

  • A point representing a location in (x, y) coordinate space, specified in integer precision.
  • The term intersect is used when lines, rays, line segments or figures meet, that is, they share a common point.
  • Euclid sometimes implicitly assumed facts that did not follow from the axioms (for example about the ordering of points on lines, and occasionally about the existence of points distinct from a finite list of points).

A dot-shaped punctuation mark.[edit]

  • The bits to the left of the radix point are magnitude bits that represent integer values, the bits to the right of the radix point represent fractional values. (?)
  • Integer fixed-point values are always exactly represented so long as they fit within the range determined by the magnitude bits. This is in contrast to floating-point representations, which have separate exponent and value fields which can allow specification of integer values larger than the number of bits in the value field, causing the represented value to lose precision.

A small spot, mark or feature which does not bear any details.[edit]

  • We may think of a point as a "dot" on a piece of paper.
  • ...two towers 30 m high with a radius curvature [of one with sharp point of] 1/10 mm and [the other with blunt point of] 10 cm.
  • Starter studs have a somewhat blunt point that is designed to rip through the earlobe.

The narrow, acute end of an object of variable thickness.[edit]

  • Select a 1.2-to 1.5-meter long straight hardwood shaft and shave one end to a point. If possible, fire harden the point.
  • These projectile points were most probably hafted on spears and thrown with an atlatl or throwing stick. They may have even been hafted onto short fore shafts that could have quickly and easily replaced a broken point on a larger spear shaft.

To indicate with a pointy object.[edit]

  • Clip and save holds its own against point and click
  • Don't point anyone down a wrong path simply because it's fun to sound like an expert. (?)
  • Point your domain name to your website.
  • The default value of this key should be a URL pointing to the script to execute.


  • Cedar Point - The Roller Coaster Capital of the World.
  • Entry point for all Australian Commonwealth Government authorised information and services.
  • ...all articles must be written from a neutral point of view, that is, they must represent all significant views fairly and without bias.
  • "Is the inventory the end or the beginning?" he asks. "If it's the end, then what was the point? If it's the beginning, that's a very good thing."
  • Excellent point, but surface scratches are easier to recover from.


  • I propose here a three-point checklist for determining whether a system is a Grid.
  • A six-point agenda for the Department of Homeland Security was developed and announced in July 2006, by Secretary Chertoff to ensure that the Department’s policies, operations, and structures are aligned in the best way to address the potential threats – both present and future – that face our nation.


A position on a reference system determined by a survey.[edit]

  • "Votre point de vue sur l'Europe" est l'unique point d'accès de la Commission européenne à une grande variété de consultations, de discussions et autres outils vous permettant de jouer un rôle actif dans le processus d'élaboration des politiques européennes.
    • actually, point de vue is a phrase, = point of view
  • Moins de deux mois après la promulgation de la loi de programme pour la recherche, la plupart de ces instruments sont opérationnels ou sur le point de l'être.
    • être sur le point de is also a phrase ;-) = to be about to
  • Si j'ai compris que n'importe quel point du repère a pour coordonnées une valeur de x
  • Ainsi l’exposition pourra, non seulement être un lieu de rencontre, mais aussi un nouveau point de départ vers une future et fructueuse coopération.

Le caractère de ponctuation en forme de point qui indique la fin d'une phrase.[edit]

  • On ne met pas de point à la fin d’un titre.

Objet mathématique de dimension zéro.[edit]

  • Si j'ai compris que n'importe quel point du repère a pour coordonnées une valeur de x


    • DM missing
  • Et je n'avais pas estimé opportun de perdre du temps pour lui répondre et continuer cette joute. Je pense maintenant qu'une mise au point est nécessaire.
    • mise au point is a phrase
  • Et qu'est-ce qui vous permet d'affirmer que ce qui compte pour moi est mon

image?. Ne serait-ce pas "votre" préoccupation des fois!? Qant aux "points sur les i" . Chacun voit voit midi à sa porte (V. "subjectivité"). Amusez vous à relire tous les posts pour voir que c'est moi qui ai remis des points sur des i!

    • points sur les i is a phrase...
  • C'est ce point que le ministre souhaite aborder demain
    • DM missing