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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 cursor

pointer noun [C] (INFORMATION)

a helpful piece of advice or information: This booklet gives some useful pointers on what to expect when you arrive. 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.

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 hunted
Translations of “pointer”
in Chinese (Traditional) 指示地方, 指示棒, 教鞭…
in Russian совет, подсказка, указка…
in Turkish öğüt, ipucu, salık…
in Chinese (Simplified) 指示地方, 指示棒, 教鞭…
in Polish wskazówka, wskaźnik, strzałka…
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