Definition of pinpoint in English:



  • A tiny dot or point.

    ‘a pinpoint of light’
    • ‘It almost seems to say that while mankind lived only on the Earth and that the heavens were just a few pinpoints of light, then that was the way the Universe actually was.’
    • ‘She felt a warm dot on her forehead, like a tiny pinpoint of light.’
    • ‘The energy constricted in a tiny pinpoint of fire, shot against his walls, and broke through!’
    • ‘As the woman made to get off the boulder she was perched upon, a tiny pinpoint of yellow light flashed upon the horizon, something which was almost invisible.’
    • ‘With a pinpoint of light from a laser torch - in the old days they used lanterns - we plunged into the undergrowth.’
    • ‘Moving pinpoints of light were formed by water running down the side of the icicle, dangling from the end, and either freezing solid or being blown away by a gust of wind.’
    • ‘It was a pinpoint of light but still it stood out from all the other stars, and it emitted a dull, orange glow.’
    • ‘The sky had darkened considerably since their leaving the meadow; bands of blue-black and deep purple traced themselves across the wide expanse, tiny pinpoints of light breaking through.’
    • ‘They watched the bright, tiny pinpoints of light filling the black sky in a tremendous blaze of glory, shifting slowly as they rose, making and unmaking vast patterns that tickled Sara's imagination.’
    • ‘It hurtled through a void, an immense cathedral of black pitch, specked with faint pinpoints of light whose pale luminosity underscored the darkness that shrouded them.’
    • ‘It was like tiny little pinpoints of touch, slamming into my entire body.’
    • ‘For this number, the black backdrop behind the stage is suddenly raised to its full height, and is illuminated up with thousands of tiny pinpoints of light.’
    • ‘Black pinpoints remained in the indentations on the small molars.’
    • ‘A pinpoint of light appeared, the light forming a cross, small and so far out of reach.’
    • ‘The laser actually vaporizes a pinpoint of your skin.’
    • ‘The stars in the night sky were revealed as pinpoints of light instead of fuzzy spheres with radiant spokes.’
    • ‘The only light in the room came from a lamp over the turntables, the glow of the broadcast board, and the green and red pinpoints of LED light from the satellite equipment and reel-to-reels.’
    • ‘A tiny pinpoint of light was on the ceiling, reflected by someone's pen or glasses.’
    • ‘In the middle of the blackness, there was a tiny pinpoint of light.’
    • ‘Scanner's visual tracks 1 and 2 focus upon a pinpoint of pulsating light from which extend lines of variegated, rapidly changing colours.’
    point, spot, speck, dot, fleck
    dapple, speckle
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  • 1Absolutely precise; to the finest degree.

    ‘this weapon fired shells with pinpoint accuracy’
    • ‘Hamelin's pinpoint accuracy and sure-handed excellence continued in this contemplative, sprawling piece.’
    • ‘This echo from long ago makes me envious of the pinpoint accuracy with which Reston's paper was delivered.’
    • ‘He picked up a ball inside his own 22, charged forward before kicking with pinpoint accuracy to the other end where the ball bounced into touch.’
    • ‘Additionally, the Bombardier Beetle has the ability to direct its defensive spray toward its aggressor with pinpoint accuracy.’
    • ‘The steering was absolutely pinpoint precise, and in the slalom test you could slide by the cones with an inch to spare very easily.’
    • ‘With a target centre the size of a 10-cent piece it needed pinpoint accuracy to win.’
    • ‘He gave a flawless performance inspiring confidence by his pinpoint accuracy.’
    • ‘The design of the weapon has changed considerably since then and the bullets can be fired from a range of around 20 metres with pinpoint accuracy.’
    • ‘They not only have great pace but also take great running lines, pass the ball with pinpoint accuracy and come onto it from depth.’
    • ‘They became experts at reducing multi-storey monstrosities to a haze of concrete with pinpoint accuracy.’
    • ‘Some will be able to fire guns with pinpoint accuracy.’
    • ‘Last season, he looked as though his arm was dead and his pinpoint accuracy was missing.’
    • ‘It is virtually impossible for a rifle to deliver pinpoint accuracy with a damaged crown.’
    • ‘Veltrop swung the deadly blade with pinpoint accuracy severing the head of the attacker.’
    • ‘The maps below illustrate, with pinpoint accuracy, just how much of Sark I've covered on my travels.’
    • ‘It's comfortable, remarkably light and alarmingly easy to use, and what it lacks in pinpoint accuracy it makes up for in rate of fire.’
    • ‘Though Norman sings with a glorious range of tone and pinpoint accuracy, hers is a strangely uninvolved performance.’
    • ‘Its metaphors will give a detailed map of the mind and often pinpoint precise reasons for problems experienced.’
    • ‘The administration wants to minimize civilian casualties through pinpoint attacks using high-tech precision weapons.’
    • ‘Oxford's passing, spearheaded by Collier, was pinpoint in its accuracy.’
    precise, strict, rigorous, meticulous, scrupulous, punctilious
    scientific, mathematical, exact, accurate, correct, careful, unerring
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  • 2Tiny.

    ‘a pinpoint hole’


  • Find or identify with great accuracy or precision.

    ‘one flare had pinpointed the target’
    figurative ‘it is difficult to pinpoint the source of his life's inspiration’
    • ‘The village's sewage works has been pinpointed as the source of the infestation.’
    • ‘Lessons of IVF babies mix-up ‘will be learned’ Report pinpoints series of failures at Yorkshire fertility clinic where white couple had mixed-race twins in error’
    • ‘So Mum told her about the pages from the phone book found beside each murder victim, seemingly pinpointing the identity of the killer's next target.’
    • ‘The spot was pinpointed and assessed by local police for security.’
    • ‘Most of the times, pinpointing the exact spot of the leak takes long.’
    • ‘Hubbert calculated this with accuracy for the US, pinpointing the 1970s as the zenith of production.’
    • ‘He said the guidelines were unique as they pinpointed gaps in emergency care and identified what needed to be done.’
    • ‘With no little trepidation, he ran a diagnostic, pinpointing the alarm, and called up the sequence that had triggered it.’
    • ‘Among them was a stone slab pinpointing the spot where the Buddha was born was discovered in the shrine.’
    • ‘New antiviral drugs are being developed but would best be used if and when a rapid method of diagnosis pinpointing the specific viral cause is available.’
    • ‘The explosives were hidden inside a sock and police also found several maps pinpointing sensitive targets, including a nearby Nato base.’
    • ‘So too the Israeli soldiers, pinpointing their targets amid the destroyed homes.’
    • ‘As it turns out, Norm's palate was unfailing, and he had accurately pinpointed the source of his starter.’
    • ‘I hope the intelligences would be more accurate in pinpointing the real criminals instead of harassing innocents.’
    • ‘But until the interference brought on by her shift clears, I'll have a difficult time pinpointing her location.’
    • ‘With cesium, pinpointing the erosion's source is difficult because there's no differentiation among sites of origin.’
    • ‘Up ahead, the Challengers are pinpointing their targets, 120 mm guns taking aim.’
    • ‘His election literature pinpoints experience, service to the community, leadership and vision as the attributes which, he hopes, will propel him into Dáil Éireann this time around.’
    • ‘Speaking at the scene, he said new information about the location of the youth's body had been received, pinpointing the two possible spots.’
    • ‘Yet another respondent pinpoints Taylor's offhand indictment of ‘older feminists’ as the basis for her ire.’
    identify, discover, determine, distinguish, find, locate, detect, track down, run to earth, spot, diagnose, recognize, name, single out, pick out, pin down, home in on, zero in on, nail down, put one's finger on
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