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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Lubber  \Lub"ber\,  n.  [Cf.  dial.  Sw  lubber.  See  {Looby},  {Lob}.] 
  A  heavy,  clumsy,  or  awkward  fellow;  a  sturdy  drone;  a  clown. 
 
  Lingering  lubbers  lose  many  a  penny.  --Tusser. 
 
  {Land  lubber},  a  name  given  in  contempt  by  sailors  to  a 
  person  who  lives  on  land. 
 
  {Lubber  grasshopper}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  large  stout,  clumsy 
  grasshopper;  esp.,  {Brachystola  magna},  from  the  Rocky 
  Mountain  plains,  and  {Romalea  microptera},  which  is 
  injurious  to  orange  trees  in  Florida. 
 
  {Lubber's  hole}  (Naut.),  a  hole  in  the  floor  of  the  ``top,'' 
  next  the  mast,  through  which  sailors  may  go  aloft  without 
  going  over  the  rim  by  the  futtock  shrouds.  It  is 
  considered  by  seamen  as  only  fit  to  be  used  by  lubbers. 
  --Totten. 
 
  {Lubber's  line},  {point},  or  {mark},  a  line  or  point  in  the 
  compass  case  indicating  the  head  of  the  ship,  and 
  consequently  the  course  which  the  ship  is  steering. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Point  \Point\,  n. 
  1.  (Med.)  A  pointed  piece  of  quill  or  bone  covered  at  one  end 
  with  vaccine  matter;  --  called  also  {vaccine  point}. 
 
  2.  One  of  the  raised  dots  used  in  certain  systems  of  printing 
  and  writing  for  the  blind.  The  first  practical  system  was 
  that  devised  by  Louis  Braille  in  1829,  and  still  used  in 
  Europe  (see  {Braille}).  Two  modifications  of  this  are 
  current  in  the  United  States: 
 
  {New  York  point}  founded  on  three  bases  of  equidistant  points 
  arranged  in  two  lines  (viz.,  :  ::  :::),  and  a  later 
  improvement, 
 
  {American  Braille},  embodying  the  Braille  base  (:::)  and  the 
  New-York-point  principle  of  using  the  characters  of  few 
  points  for  the  commonest  letters. 
 
  3.  In  technical  senses: 
  a  In  various  games,  a  position  of  a  certain  player,  or 
  by  extension,  the  player  himself;  as:  (1)  (Lacrosse  & 
  Ice  Hockey)  The  position  of  the  player  of  each  side 
  who  stands  a  short  distance  in  front  of  the  goal 
  keeper;  also  the  player  himself.  (2)  (Baseball)  (pl.) 
  The  position  of  the  pitcher  and  catcher. 
  b  (Hunting)  A  spot  to  which  a  straight  run  is  made 
  hence  a  straight  run  from  point  to  point;  a 
  cross-country  run.  [Colloq.  Oxf.  E.  D.] 
  c  (Falconry)  The  perpendicular  rising  of  a  hawk  over  the 
  place  where  its  prey  has  gone  into  cover. 
  d  Act  of  pointing,  as  of  the  foot  downward  in  certain 
  dance  positions. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Point  \Point\  (point),  v.  t.  &  i. 
  To  appoint.  [Obs.]  --Spenser. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Point  \Point\,  n.  [F.  point,  and  probably  also  pointe,  L. 
  punctum,  puncta,  fr  pungere  punctum,  to  prick.  See 
  {Pungent},  and  cf  {Puncto},  {Puncture}.] 
  1.  That  which  pricks  or  pierces;  the  sharp  end  of  anything 
  esp.  the  sharp  end  of  a  piercing  instrument,  as  a  needle 
  or  a  pin. 
 
  2.  An  instrument  which  pricks  or  pierces,  as  a  sort  of  needle 
  used  by  engravers,  etchers,  lace  workers,  and  others 
  also  a  pointed  cutting  tool,  as  a  stone  cutter's  point; 
  --  called  also  {pointer}. 
 
  3.  Anything  which  tapers  to  a  sharp,  well-defined 
  termination.  Specifically:  A  small  promontory  or  cape;  a 
  tract  of  land  extending  into  the  water  beyond  the  common 
  shore  line 
 
  4.  The  mark  made  by  the  end  of  a  sharp,  piercing  instrument, 
  as  a  needle;  a  prick. 
 
  5.  An  indefinitely  small  space;  a  mere  spot  indicated  or 
  supposed.  Specifically:  (Geom.)  That  which  has  neither 
  parts  nor  magnitude;  that  which  has  position,  but  has 
  neither  length,  breadth,  nor  thickness,  --  sometimes 
  conceived  of  as  the  limit  of  a  line  that  by  the  motion  of 
  which  a  line  is  conceived  to  be  produced. 
 
  6.  An  indivisible  portion  of  time;  a  moment;  an  instant; 
  hence  the  verge. 
 
  When  time's  first  point  begun  Made  he  all  souls. 
  --Sir  J. 
  Davies. 
 
  7.  A  mark  of  punctuation;  a  character  used  to  mark  the 
  divisions  of  a  composition,  or  the  pauses  to  be  observed 
  in  reading,  or  to  point  off  groups  of  figures,  etc.;  a 
  stop,  as  a  comma,  a  semicolon,  and  esp.  a  period;  hence 
  figuratively,  an  end  or  conclusion. 
 
  And  there  a  point,  for  ended  is  my  tale.  --Chaucer. 
 
  Commas  and  points  they  set  exactly  right  --Pope. 
 
  8.  Whatever  serves  to  mark  progress,  rank,  or  relative 
  position,  or  to  indicate  a  transition  from  one  state  or 
  position  to  another,  degree;  step;  stage;  hence  position 
  or  condition  attained;  as  a  point  of  elevation,  or  of 
  depression;  the  stock  fell  off  five  points;  he  won  by 
  tenpoints  ``A  point  of  precedence.''  --Selden.  ``Creeping 
  on  from  point  to  point.''  --Tennyson. 
 
  A  lord  full  fat  and  in  good  point.  --Chaucer. 
 
  9.  That  which  arrests  attention,  or  indicates  qualities  or 
  character;  a  salient  feature;  a  characteristic;  a 
  peculiarity;  hence  a  particular;  an  item;  a  detail;  as 
  the  good  or  bad  points  of  a  man,  a  horse,  a  book,  a  story, 
  etc 
 
  He  told  him  point  for  point,  in  short  and  plain. 
  --Chaucer. 
 
  In  point  of  religion  and  in  point  of  honor.  --Bacon. 
 
  Shalt  thou  dispute  With  Him  the  points  of  liberty  ? 
  --Milton. 
 
  10.  Hence  the  most  prominent  or  important  feature,  as  of  an 
  argument,  discourse,  etc.;  the  essential  matter;  esp., 
  the  proposition  to  be  established;  as  the  point  of  an 
  anecdote.  ``Here  lies  the  point.''  --Shak. 
 
  They  will  hardly  prove  his  point.  --Arbuthnot. 
 
  11.  A  small  matter;  a  trifle;  a  least  consideration;  a 
  punctilio. 
 
  This  fellow  doth  not  stand  upon  points.  --Shak. 
 
  [He]  cared  not  for  God  or  man  a  point.  --Spenser. 
 
  12.  (Mus.)  A  dot  or  mark  used  to  designate  certain  tones  or 
  time;  as: 
  a  (Anc.  Mus.)  A  dot  or  mark  distinguishing  or 
  characterizing  certain  tones  or  styles;  as  points  of 
  perfection,  of  augmentation,  etc.;  hence  a  note;  a 
  tune.  ``Sound  the  trumpet  --  not  a  levant,  or  a 
  flourish,  but  a  point  of  war.''  --Sir  W.  Scott. 
  b  (Mod.  Mus.)  A  dot  placed  at  the  right  hand  of  a  note, 
  to  raise  its  value,  or  prolong  its  time,  by  one  half, 
  as  to  make  a  whole  note  equal  to  three  half  notes,  a 
  half  note  equal  to  three  quarter  notes. 
 
  13.  (Astron.)  A  fixed  conventional  place  for  reference,  or 
  zero  of  reckoning,  in  the  heavens,  usually  the 
  intersection  of  two  or  more  great  circles  of  the  sphere, 
  and  named  specifically  in  each  case  according  to  the 
  position  intended;  as  the  equinoctial  points;  the 
  solstitial  points;  the  nodal  points;  vertical  points, 
  etc  See  {Equinoctial  Nodal}. 
 
  14.  (Her.)  One  of  the  several  different  parts  of  the 
  escutcheon.  See  {Escutcheon}. 
 
  15.  (Naut.) 
  a  One  of  the  points  of  the  compass  (see  {Points  of  the 
  compass},  below);  also  the  difference  between  two 
  points  of  the  compass;  as  to  fall  off  a  point. 
  b  A  short  piece  of  cordage  used  in  reefing  sails.  See 
  {Reef  point},  under  {Reef}. 
 
  16.  (Anc.  Costume)  A  a  string  or  lace  used  to  tie  together 
  certain  parts  of  the  dress.  --Sir  W.  Scott. 
 
  17.  Lace  wrought  the  needle;  as  point  de  Venise;  Brussels 
  point.  See  Point  lace,  below. 
 
  18.  pl  (Railways)  A  switch.  [Eng.] 
 
  19.  An  item  of  private  information;  a  hint;  a  tip;  a  pointer. 
  [Cant,  U.  S.] 
 
  20.  (Cricket)  A  fielder  who  is  stationed  on  the  off  side 
  about  twelve  or  fifteen  yards  from  and  a  little  in 
  advance  of  the  batsman. 
 
  21.  The  attitude  assumed  by  a  pointer  dog  when  he  finds  game; 
  as  the  dog  came  to  a  point.  See  {Pointer}. 
 
  22.  (Type  Making)  A  standard  unit  of  measure  for  the  size  of 
  type  bodies,  being  one  twelfth  of  the  thickness  of  pica 
  type  See  {Point  system  of  type},  under  {Type}. 
 
  23.  A  tyne  or  snag  of  an  antler. 
 
  24.  One  of  the  spaces  on  a  backgammon  board. 
 
  25.  (Fencing)  A  movement  executed  with  the  saber  or  foil;  as 
  tierce  point. 
 
  Note:  The  word  point  is  a  general  term,  much  used  in  the 
  sciences,  particularly  in  mathematics,  mechanics, 
  perspective,  and  physics,  but  generally  either  in  the 
  geometrical  sense  or  in  that  of  degree,  or  condition 
  of  change,  and  with  some  accompanying  descriptive  or 
  qualifying  term,  under  which  in  the  vocabulary,  the 
  specific  uses  are  explained;  as  boiling  point,  carbon 
  point,  dry  point,  freezing  point,  melting  point, 
  vanishing  point,  etc 
 
  {At  all  points},  in  every  particular,  completely;  perfectly. 
  --Shak. 
 
  {At  point},  {In  point},  {At},  {In},  or  On  {the  point},  as 
  near  as  can  be  on  the  verge;  about  (see  {About},  prep., 
  6);  as  at  the  point  of  death;  he  was  on  the  point  of 
  speaking.  ``In  point  to  fall  down.''  --Chaucer.  ``Caius 
  Sidius  Geta,  at  point  to  have  been  taken  recovered 
  himself  so  valiantly  as  brought  day  on  his  side.'' 
  --Milton. 
 
  {Dead  point}.  (Mach.)  Same  as  {Dead  center},  under  {Dead}. 
 
  {Far  point}  (Med.),  in  ophthalmology,  the  farthest  point  at 
  which  objects  are  seen  distinctly.  In  normal  eyes  the 
  nearest  point  at  which  objects  are  seen  distinctly;  either 
  with  the  two  eyes  together  (binocular  near  point),  or  with 
  each  eye  separately  (monocular  near  point). 
 
  {Nine  points  of  the  law},  all  but  the  tenth  point;  the 
  greater  weight  of  authority. 
 
  {On  the  point}.  See  {At  point},  above. 
 
  {Point  lace},  lace  wrought  with  the  needle,  as  distinguished 
  from  that  made  on  the  pillow. 
 
  {Point  net},  a  machine-made  lace  imitating  a  kind  of  Brussels 
  lace  (Brussels  ground). 
 
  {Point  of  concurrence}  (Geom.),  a  point  common  to  two  lines, 
  but  not  a  point  of  tangency  or  of  intersection,  as  for 
  instance,  that  in  which  a  cycloid  meets  its  base. 
 
  {Point  of  contrary  flexure},  a  point  at  which  a  curve  changes 
  its  direction  of  curvature,  or  at  which  its  convexity  and 
  concavity  change  sides. 
 
  {Point  of  order},  in  parliamentary  practice,  a  question  of 
  order  or  propriety  under  the  rules 
 
  {Point  of  sight}  (Persp.),  in  a  perspective  drawing,  the 
  point  assumed  as  that  occupied  by  the  eye  of  the 
  spectator. 
 
  {Point  of  view},  the  relative  position  from  which  anything  is 
  seen  or  any  subject  is  considered. 
 
  {Points  of  the  compass}  (Naut.),  the  thirty-two  points  of 
  division  of  the  compass  card  in  the  mariner's  compass;  the 
  corresponding  points  by  which  the  circle  of  the  horizon  is 
  supposed  to  be  divided,  of  which  the  four  marking  the 
  directions  of  east,  west,  north,  and  south,  are  called 
  cardinal  points,  and  the  rest  are  named  from  their 
  respective  directions,  as  N.  by  E.,  N.  N.  E.,  N.  E.  by  N., 
  N.  E.,  etc  See  Illust.  under  {Compass}. 
 
  {Point  paper},  paper  pricked  through  so  as  to  form  a  stencil 
  for  transferring  a  design. 
 
  {Point  system  of  type}.  See  under  {Type}. 
 
  {Singular  point}  (Geom.),  a  point  of  a  curve  which  possesses 
  some  property  not  possessed  by  points  in  general  on  the 
  curve,  as  a  cusp,  a  point  of  inflection,  a  node,  etc 
 
  {To  carry  one's  point},  to  accomplish  one's  object,  as  in  a 
  controversy. 
 
  {To  make  a  point  of},  to  attach  special  importance  to 
 
  {To  make},  or  {gain},  {a  point},  accomplish  that  which  was 
  proposed;  also  to  make  advance  by  a  step,  grade,  or 
  position. 
 
  {To  mark},  or  {score},  {a  point},  as  in  billiards,  cricket, 
  etc.,  to  note  down  or  to  make  a  successful  hit,  run, 
  etc 
 
  {To  strain  a  point},  to  go  beyond  the  proper  limit  or  rule 
  to  stretch  one's  authority  or  conscience. 
 
  {Vowel  point},  in  Hebrew,  and  certain  other  Eastern  and 
  ancient  languages,  a  mark  placed  above  or  below  the 
  consonant,  or  attached  to  it  representing  the  vowel,  or 
  vocal  sound,  which  precedes  or  follows  the  consonant. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Point  \Point\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Pointed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Pointing}.]  [Cf.  F.  pointer.  See  {Point},  n.] 
  1.  To  give  a  point  to  to  sharpen;  to  cut,  forge,  grind,  or 
  file  to  an  acute  end  as  to  point  a  dart,  or  a  pencil. 
  Used  also  figuratively;  as  to  point  a  moral. 
 
  2.  To  direct  toward  an  abject;  to  aim  as  to  point  a  gun  at 
  a  wolf,  or  a  cannon  at  a  fort. 
 
  3.  Hence  to  direct  the  attention  or  notice  of 
 
  Whosoever  should  be  guided  through  his  battles  by 
  Minerva,  and  pointed  to  every  scene  of  them  --Pope. 
 
  4.  To  supply  with  punctuation  marks;  to  punctuate;  as  to 
  point  a  composition. 
 
  5.  To  mark  (as  Hebrew)  with  vowel  points. 
 
  6.  To  give  particular  prominence  to  to  designate  in  a 
  special  manner;  to  indicate,  as  if  by  pointing;  as  the 
  error  was  pointed  out  --Pope. 
 
  He  points  it  however,  by  no  deviation  from  his 
  straightforward  manner  of  speech.  --Dickens. 
 
  7.  To  indicate  or  discover  by  a  fixed  look  as  game. 
 
  8.  (Masonry)  To  fill  up  and  finish  the  joints  of  (a  wall),  by 
  introducing  additional  cement  or  mortar,  and  bringing  it 
  to  a  smooth  surface. 
 
  9.  (Stone  Cutting)  To  cut,  as  a  surface,  with  a  pointed  tool. 
 
  {To  point  a  rope}  (Naut.),  to  taper  and  neatly  finish  off  the 
  end  by  interweaving  the  nettles. 
 
  {To  point  a  sail}  (Naut.),  to  affix  points  through  the  eyelet 
  holes  of  the  reefs. 
 
  {To  point  off},  to  divide  into  periods  or  groups,  or  to 
  separate,  by  pointing,  as  figures. 
 
  {To  point  the  yards}  (of  a  vessel)  (Naut.),  to  brace  them  so 
  that  the  wind  shall  strike  the  sails  obliquely.  --Totten. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Point  \Point\  (point),  v.  i. 
  1.  To  direct  the  point  of  something  as  of  a  finger,  for  the 
  purpose  of  designating  an  object,  and  attracting  attention 
  to  it  --  with  at 
 
  Now  must  the  world  point  at  poor  Katharine  --Shak. 
 
  Point  at  the  tattered  coat  and  ragged  shoe. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  To  indicate  the  presence  of  game  by  fixed  and  steady  look 
  as  certain  hunting  dogs  do 
 
  He  treads  with  caution,  and  he  points  with  fear. 
  --Gay. 
 
  3.  (Med.)  To  approximate  to  the  surface;  to  head;  --  said  of 
  an  abscess. 
 
  {To  point  at},  to  treat  with  scorn  or  contempt  by  pointing  or 
  directing  attention  to 
 
  {To  point  well}  (Naut.),  to  sail  close  to  the  wind;  --  said 
  of  a  vessel. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  point 
  n  1:  a  geometric  element  that  has  position  but  no  extension;  "a 
  point  is  defined  by  its  coordinates" 
  2:  the  precise  location  of  something  a  spatially  limited 
  location;  "she  walked  to  a  point  where  she  could  survey 
  the  whole  street" 
  3:  a  brief  version  of  the  essential  meaning  of  something  "get 
  to  the  point";  "he  missed  the  point  of  the  joke";  "life 
  has  lost  its  point" 
  4:  an  isolated  fact  that  is  considered  separately  from  the 
  whole;  "several  of  the  details  are  similar";  "a  point  of 
  information"  [syn:  {detail},  {item}] 
  5:  a  specific  identifiable  position  in  a  continuum  or  series  or 
  especially  in  a  process;  "a  remarkable  degree  of 
  frankness";  "at  what  stage  are  the  social  sciences?"  [syn: 
  {degree},  {level},  {stage}] 
  6:  a  very  short  period  of  time;  "at  that  point  I  had  to  leave" 
  [syn:  {point  in  time}] 
  7:  the  object  of  an  activity;  "what  is  the  point  of  discussing 
  it?" 
  8:  a  V  shape;  "the  cannibal's  teeth  were  filed  to  sharp  points" 
  [syn:  {tip},  {peak}] 
  9:  a  very  small  circular  shape;  "a  row  of  points";  "draw  lines 
  between  the  dots"  [syn:  {dot}] 
  10:  the  unit  of  counting  in  scoring  a  game  or  contest;  "he 
  scored  20  points  in  the  first  half";  "a  touchdown  counts 
  6  points" 
  11:  a  promontory  extending  out  into  a  large  body  of  water;  "they 
  sailed  south  around  the  point" 
  12:  a  distinct  part  that  can  be  specified  separately  in  a  group 
  of  things  that  could  be  enumerated  on  a  list;  "he  noticed 
  an  item  in  the  New  York  Times";  "she  had  several  items  on 
  her  shopping  list";  "the  main  point  on  the  agenda  was 
  taken  up  first"  [syn:  {item}] 
  13:  a  style  in  speech  or  writing  that  arrests  attention  and  has 
  a  penetrating  or  convincing  quality  or  effect 
  14:  an  outstanding  characteristic;  "his  acting  was  one  of  the 
  high  points  of  the  movie"  [syn:  {spot}] 
  15:  sharp  end  "he  stuck  the  point  of  the  knife  into  a  tree"; 
  "he  broke  the  point  of  the  pencil" 
  16:  any  of  32  horizontal  directions  indicated  on  the  card  of  a 
  compass;  "he  checked  the  point  on  his  compass"  [syn:  {compass 
  point}] 
  17:  a  linear  unit  used  to  measure  the  size  of  type 
  approximately  1/72  inch 
  18:  a  punctuation  mark  (.)  placed  at  the  end  of  a  declarative 
  sentence  to  indicate  a  full  stop  or  after  abbreviations; 
  "in  England  they  call  a  period  a  stop"  [syn:  {period},  {full 
  stop},  {stop},  {full  point}] 
  19:  a  V-shaped  mark  at  one  end  of  an  arrow  pointer;  "the  point 
  of  the  arrow  was  due  north"  [syn:  {head}] 
  20:  the  property  of  a  shape  that  tapers  to  a  sharp  point  [syn:  {pointedness}] 
  [ant:  {unpointedness}] 
  21:  a  distinguishing  or  individuating  characteristic;  "he  knows 
  my  bad  points  as  well  as  my  good  points" 
  22:  the  muzzle's  direction;  "he  held  me  up  at  the  point  of  a 
  gun"  [syn:  {gunpoint}] 
  23:  (British)  a  wall  socket  [syn:  {power  point}] 
  24:  a  contact  in  the  distributor;  as  the  rotor  turns  its 
  projecting  arm  contacts  distributor  points  and  current 
  flows  to  the  spark  plugs  [syn:  {distributor  point},  {breaker 
  point}] 
  v  1:  indicate  a  place  direction,  person,  or  thing  either 
  spatially  or  figuratively;  "I  showed  the  customer  the 
  glove  section";  "He  showed  her  that  there  was  a  lot  of 
  space";  "he  indicated  his  opponents"  [syn:  {indicate},  {show}] 
  2:  be  oriented  [syn:  {orient}] 
  3:  direct  into  a  position  for  use  "point  a  gun";  "He  charged 
  his  weapon  at  me"  [syn:  {charge},  {level}] 
  4:  direct  the  course;  determine  the  direction  of  travelling 
  [syn:  {steer},  {maneuver},  {manouevre},  {direct},  {head}, 
  {guide}] 
  5:  be  a  signal  for  or  a  symptom  of  "These  symptoms  indicate  a 
  serious  illness"  [syn:  {bespeak},  {betoken},  {indicate},  {signal}] 
  6:  sail  close  to  the  wind  [syn:  {luff}] 
  7:  be  positionable  in  a  specified  manner;  "The  gun  points  with 
  ease" 
  8:  intend  something  to  move  towards  a  certain  goal;  "He  aimed 
  his  fists  towards  his  opponent's  face";  "criticism 
  directed  at  her  superior";  "direct  your  anger  towards 
  others  not  towards  yourself"  [syn:  {target},  {aim},  {place}, 
  {direct}] 
  9:  give  directions  to  point  somebody  into  a  certain  direction; 
  "I  directed  them  towards  the  town  hall"  [syn:  {direct}] 
  10:  give  a  point  to  "The  candles  are  tapered"  [syn:  {sharpen}, 
  {taper}] 
  11:  repair  the  joints  of  bricks;  "point  a  chimney"  [syn:  {repoint}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Point,  TX  (city,  FIPS  58532) 
  Location:  32.93013  N,  95.87014  W 
  Population  (1990):  645  (283  housing  units) 
  Area:  7.2  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  75472 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  point 
 
  1.    (Sometimes  abbreviated  "pt")  The  unit  of 
  measurement  for  {text}  {character}s.  One  point  is  1/72  inches 
  (approx  0.35mm)  so  12  point  text  would  be  1/6th  inch  (approx 
  4.2mm)  high  when  printed. 
 
  2.    To  move  a  {pointing  device}  so  that  the 
  on-screen  pointer  is  positioned  over  a  certain  object  on  the 
  screen  such  as  a  {button}  in  a  {graphical  user  interface}.  In 
  most  {window  systems}  it  is  then  necessary  to  {click}  a 
  (physical)  button  on  the  pointing  device  to  activate  or  select 
  the  object.  In  some  systems,  just  pointing  to  an  object  is 
  known  as  "mouse-over"  {event}  which  may  cause  some  help  text 
  (called  a  "tool  tip"  in  {Windows})  to  be  displayed. 
 
  (1999-07-07) 
 
 




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