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pointer

noun [C] uk   /ˈpɔɪn.tər/ us    /-t̬ɚ/

pointer noun [C] (STICK)

something that is used for pointing at things, such as a long, thin stick that you hold to direct attention to a place on a map or words on a board, or a cursorSigns, signals and symbolsSpecific signs and symbolsPoles, rods, shafts and sticks

pointer noun [C] (INFORMATION)

a helpful piece of advice or information: This booklet gives some useful pointers on what to expect when you arrive.Giving adviceInformation and messages something that shows you an existing or developing situation: The performance of the car industry is a (good) pointer to the general economic health of the country.Showing and demonstrating

pointer noun [C] (DOG)

a hunting dog that has been trained to stand very still with its nose pointing towards the animals and birds that are being huntedCanines (dogs)Hunting
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