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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR POINTER

In this case the indication of the pointer must be divided by ten.

With the pointer in his hand he touched the star at the apex of the fir.

In each figure the pointer is over one of the red lines on the scale.

Cowper ran in and out among the plunder, like a pointer in a turnip field.

The angle of the pointer, or style, must be changed for each latitude.

I tipped the pater a pointer on that long ago, and got well cursed for my pains.

Luke was dabbing the pointer carefully at the bald top of Weaver's head.

You make the hat spin on a walking-stick; when it stops spinning you follow the pointer.

The professor then took his place again on the rostrum, with the pointer in his hand.

When the applause which greeted the general had subsided, he directed the pointer at the map.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "a tiler" (early 13c. as a surname), agent noun from point (v.). From c.1500 as "maker of needlepoint lace." From 1570s as "thing that points;" meaning "dog that stands rigid in the presence of game, facing the quarry" is recorded from 1717. Meaning "item of advice" first recorded 1883.

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