point at

point at

1. To extend one's finger, especially the index finger, in the direction of someone or something. The librarian pointed at the sign that said to keep quiet. "There he is! That's the guy who mugged me, officer!" I said, pointing to the man crossing the street.
2. To direct, aim, or indicate at or in the direction of someone or something. We set up signs pointing at the house so no one would get lost on their way to the party. The GPS marker pointed at a rest stop a few miles from where we were.
3. To direct or aim someone or something in the direction of someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "point" and "at." Don't point that thing at me—the radiation off those devices causes cancer! I turned her around and pointed her at the rack of books labeled "Computer Sciences." He pointed his rifle at the deer, but he couldn't bring himself to pull the trigger.
4. To indicate some particular outcome, possibility, interpretation, etc. All these signs point at a renewed interest in the market for these sorts of devices. The patterns of the killings point at a single murder who has developed a particular MO.
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point something at someone or something

to aim or direct something at someone or something. Don't ever point a gun at anyone! Point the rifle at the target and putt the trigger.
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point at someone or something

 
1. [for someone] to direct an extended finger at someone or something; to point one's finger at someone or something. You should not point at people. Harry pointed at the mess Jerry had made and scowled.
2. [for something] to aim at someone or something. The gun pointed directly at him. He was frightened. The sign pointed at a small roadside cafe, populated by truck drivers.
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PNS The most posterior point at the sagittal plane on the bony hard palate (figures 1, 4).
This is the point at which he begins to establish a distinction between an internal "mind" and external "material world." Once the criterion of indubitability has been met for the first principle "I exist," then Descartes is left with the problem of connecting this seemingly transcendental, immaterial thinking "substance" back to the body and the world it inhabits.
Karsten Harries, for example, has argued that the cogito presumes not simply a subject/object dualism but is contingent on an understanding of a third viewpoint, what he calls the "angelic eye." Descartes's self-defined project is to find an Archimedean point from which to comprehend reality in its entirety and to gain a mental toehold from which he can then grasp the world.(24) But the very nature of the project contradicts the possibility of finding such a point, which by his own definition cannot be conceived as a point at all.