Definition of pointing in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The action of filling the joints of brickwork or masonry with mortar.

    ‘the pointing and grouting of masonry and brick’
    • ‘This refurbishment includes replacement, pointing and refurbishment of stonework on the four faces and the north and south transepts.’
    • ‘Mr Tytherleigh noted in his report that there was some open joint pointing to the standstone copings, and commented that some modest pointing was appropriate.’
    • ‘Thus, a drawing by Chiaruttini of 1786 demonstrates that Canova used this form of pointing with a scaled frame and plumb lines for the production of his monument to Clement XIV.’
    1. 1.1Cement or mortar used to fill the joints of brickwork or masonry, especially when added externally to a wall to improve its appearance and weatherproofing.
      ‘the old pointing must be dug out as deep as possible’