Meaning of “pointer” in the English Dictionary

"pointer" in British English

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pointernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpɔɪn.tər/ us /ˈpɔɪn.t̬ɚ/

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

(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, thin stick:

The lecturer used a pointer to show what part or the diagram he was referring to.

A pointer is also a helpful piece 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 /ˈpɔɪntər/ us

something that is used for pointing at things, for example a long thin stick that you hold to direct attention to a place on a map or words on a board, etc.:

A laser pointer, which directs a small spot of light onto the screen is ideal when you are giving a presentation.

IT a cursor (= a small arrow on a computer screen 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 staff morale.

(Definition of “pointer” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)