I. noun Date: 1849 1. something that is extremely small or insignificant 2. the point of a pin 3. an extremely small or sharp point II. adjective Date: 1897 1. extremely fine or precise 2. located, fixed, or directed with extreme precision <
pinpoint targets
3. small as a pinpoint III. transitive verb Date: 1917 1. to locate or aim with great precision or accuracy <
pinpoint a source
2. a. to fix, determine, or identify with precision <
pinpoint the cause
b. to cause to stand out conspicuously ; highlight

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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