To point the yards
Point 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. [1913 Webster]

2. To direct toward an abject; to aim; as, to point a gun at a wolf, or a cannon at a fort. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence, to direct the attention or notice of. [1913 Webster]

Whosoever should be guided through his battles by Minerva, and pointed to every scene of them. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

4. To supply with punctuation marks; to punctuate; as, to point a composition. [1913 Webster]

5. To mark (a text, as in Arabic or Hebrew) with {vowel points}; -- also called {vocalize}.

Syn: vocalize. [1913 Webster + RP]

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. [1913 Webster]

He points it, however, by no deviation from his straightforward manner of speech. --Dickens. [1913 Webster]

7. To indicate or discover by a fixed look, as game. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

9. (Stone Cutting) To cut, as a surface, with a pointed tool. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


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  • To man the yards — Man Man (m[a^]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Manned} (m[a^]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Manning}.] 1. To supply with men; to furnish with a sufficient force or complement of men, as for management, service, defense, or the like; to guard; as, to man a ship,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To point a rope — Point 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To point a sail — Point 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To point off — Point 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • point — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, partly from Anglo French, prick, dot, moment, from Latin punctum, from neuter of punctus, past participle of pungere to prick; partly from Anglo French pointe sharp end, from Vulgar Latin *puncta, from Latin,… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • To brace sharp — Sharp Sharp, a. [Compar. {Sharper}; superl. {Sharpest}.] [OE. sharp, scharp, scarp, AS. scearp; akin to OS. skarp, LG. scharp, D. scherp, G. scharf, Dan. & Sw. skarp, Icel. skarpr. Cf. {Escarp}, {Scrape}, {Scorpion}.] 1. Having a very thin edge… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To sharp up — Sharp Sharp, a. [Compar. {Sharper}; superl. {Sharpest}.] [OE. sharp, scharp, scarp, AS. scearp; akin to OS. skarp, LG. scharp, D. scherp, G. scharf, Dan. & Sw. skarp, Icel. skarpr. Cf. {Escarp}, {Scrape}, {Scorpion}.] 1. Having a very thin edge… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To man a yard — Man Man (m[a^]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Manned} (m[a^]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Manning}.] 1. To supply with men; to furnish with a sufficient force or complement of men, as for management, service, defense, or the like; to guard; as, to man a ship,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Point Park Civic Center — The Point Park Civic Center was a proposed civic center for downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, where the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers forms the Ohio River. The structure was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright on… …   Wikipedia

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