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Meaning of “pointer” in the English Dictionary

"pointer" in British English

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pointernoun [C]

uk   /ˈpɔɪn.tər/  us   /-t̬ɚ/
  • pointer noun [C] (INFORMATION)

a ​helpfulpiece of ​advice or ​information: This ​booklet gives some ​useful pointers on what to ​expect when you ​arrive. something that ​shows you an ​existing or ​developingsituation: The ​performance of the ​carindustry is a (good) pointer to the ​generaleconomichealth of the ​country.
(Definition of pointer from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pointer" in American English

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pointernoun [C]

 us   /ˈpɔɪn·tər/
any of ​various things used for ​pointing, esp. a ​long, ​thinstick: The ​lecturer used a pointer to show what ​part or the ​diagram he was referring to. A pointer is also a ​helpfulpiece of ​advice or ​information: The ​booklet gives some ​useful pointers for getting around in Washington.
(Definition of pointer from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"pointer" in Business English

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pointernoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈpɔɪntər/
something that is used for ​pointing at things, for ​example a ​longthinstick that you ​hold to ​directattention to a ​place on a ​map or words on a ​board, etc.: A laser pointer, which ​directs a ​smallspot of ​light onto the ​screen is ideal when you are giving a ​presentation.
IT a cursor (= a ​small arrow on a ​computerscreen that ​moves to show the ​point where ​work is being done)
a helpful ​piece of ​advice or ​information: Let me give you some pointers on ​improving your ​skills as an ​interviewee.
something that tells you about an existing ​situation or one that might ​develop: pointer to sth Staff ​turnover can also give a pointer to ​staffmorale.
(Definition of pointer from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “pointer”
in Chinese (Simplified) 指示地方, 指示棒, 教鞭…
in Turkish öğüt, ipucu, salık…
in Russian совет, подсказка, указка…
in Chinese (Traditional) 指示地方, 指示棒, 教鞭…
in Polish wskazówka, wskaźnik, strzałka…
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