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English definition of “pointer”

pointer

noun [C] (INFORMATION)    /ˈpɔɪn.tər/ US  /-t̬ɚ/
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
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