point toward

point toward (someone or something)

1. To indicate or signify the direction or location of someone or something. We've set up arrows pointing toward the house to help guests who are unfamiliar with the area. If you rest the needle on the surface of water, it will point toward magnetic north.
2. To make a physical signal, especially with one's index finger, to indicate the direction or location of someone or something. Tom pointed toward the trees behind the cabin when Peter asked where the bathroom was. Everyone pointed toward Sarah when the boss asked who had broken the printer.
3. To face the direction of someone or something. We want the back porch to be pointing toward the point on the horizon where the sun sets. You always want the front of your body pointing toward the audience, otherwise they will have trouble hearing you.
4. To move something so that it faces the direction of someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "point" and "toward." He pointed his light toward the window so that she would see it from her bedroom. She pointed the stereo toward the meeting room so we could all hear the outcome of the game.
5. To draw someone's attention toward or inform someone about the direction of someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "point" and "toward." Excuse me, could you please point me toward the train station? He pointed me toward the exit when I asked if they had any job openings.
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point toward someone or something

to direct an extended finger toward someone or something. The teacher pointed toward Laura and asked her to come to the front of the room. Randy pointed toward the door and frowned at the dog.
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point toward

1. To indicate the direction in which something lies: The sign points toward the center of the city.
2. To make a gesture indicating the direction in which something lies: The farmer pointed toward the fields across the road.
3. To be suggestive of the idea that something is a possibility or correct conclusion: The fact that the door wasn't broken points toward the theory that the thief had a key.
4. To cause someone to consider something to be a possibility or correct conclusion: These facts point us toward a new explanation.
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References in classic literature ?
But in one hand he still clutched the knife he had found in the cabin of his father, and as the brute, striking and biting, closed upon him the boy accidentally turned the point toward the hairy breast.
His feeling towards Dinah, the hope of passing his life with her, had been the distant unseen point towards which that hard journey from Snowfield eighteen months ago had been leading him.
What To Watch For In The US Session • Bank Stress Test Results Fears Easing • GM Could Follow Chrysler Into Bankruptcy • Pending Home Sales On Tap Futures Point Toward Higher Open as Bank Stress Test Concerns Ease The Financial Times reported today that the Bank of America is working to raise more than $10 billion in capital as they look to meet the government's expected requirement based on the stress tests.
A Promise of Eden also reveals how understanding life energy can reconcile seemingly irreparable differences between Darwin's theory of evolution and faith, explain the current divisive split in American society, and even point toward the resolution of the ancient disagreement between Judaism and Christianity concerning the identity of Jesus Christ.
Fingers point toward the former Soviet Union -- no stranger to the role.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) News Release "Imaging Study May Help Point Toward More Effective Smoking Cessation Treatments", Monday, August 7, 2006
July's HMI reading of 70 is right in line with the elevated index average for the year to date, and upbeat builder attitudes point toward continuation of strong sales and starts of single-family homes in the months ahead," said NAHB Chief Economist David Seiders.
And the evidence is building to point toward other noise-related health effects.
At one point toward the end of the book, he describes an ill-fated trip to Catalina Island where a huge storm developed, detailing each moment of this harrowing experience:
Mike Renucci, Lincoln's Scottish-born engineering director, derivatives of volume products introduced during the 2000 to 2004 timeframe--like the Aviator--will point toward the ultimate target, but still fall short of Lincoln's ultimate goal.
All things in Advent point toward becoming ready to recognize Jesus as the Lord at Christmas, just as in Lent all things point toward becoming ready to recognize the resurrected Jesus at Easter when we welcome the arrival of the great light of eternal life.
The findings by Helferich's team suggest these foods might offer even more "potentially important" agents and point toward a new class of drugs to reduce cancer risk, observes Barnett Zumoff, chief of endocrinology at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.
The Council spoke therefore of the Liturgy as the summit or high point toward which the activity of the Church tends and the fountainhead from which all her strength flows.
The left shoulder and extended left arm point toward eight o'clock in the direction of the toss, and the right foot is in position to sweep toward the middle of the ring.
As with her other works, the contrast betwee the soft ellipse and crisp circle creates a chain of cosmic associations that point toward an almost religious preoccupation with the cycles of the sun and moon.