AskDefine | Define pinpoint

Dictionary Definition

pinpoint adj : meticulously precise; "pinpoint accuracy" [syn: pinpoint(a)]

Noun

1 a very brief moment; "they were strangers sharing a pinpoint of time together"
2 a very small spot; "the plane was just a speck in the sky" [syn: speck]
3 the sharp point of a pin v : locate exactly; "can you pinpoint the position of the enemy?"; "The chemists could not nail the identity of the chromosome" [syn: nail]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From pin + point

Noun

  1. The point of a pin

Adjective

  1. Extremely precise or specific, especially regarding location.
    The machine assembles parts at high speed and with pinpoint accuracy.

Verb

  1. To identify or locate precisely or with great accuracy.
    They investigators tried to pinpoint the source of the flames.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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