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  • enPR: poinʹtĭd, IPA(key): /ˈpɔɪntɪd/
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  1. simple past and past participle of point

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pointed (comparative more pointed, superlative most pointed)

  1. (comparable) Sharp, barbed; not dull.
    The warrior brandished a pointed spear.
  2. (comparable) Having a relevance to the matter at hand: pertinent, relevant.
  3. (not comparable) In animals, having a coat pattern with points, that is, darkening of the extremities.
    The Siamese is a pointed breed of cat.
  4. (comparable, of a comment or inference) Directed negatively at a person or topic.
    • 1863 February 21, “Important from Washington”, in The New York Times:
      Attention has been called to the report in a New-York paper, which has been made the subject of pointed comment []
    • 2013 June 18, Simon Romero, “Protests Widen as Brazilians Chide Leaders”, in New York Times, retrieved 21 June 2013:
      After a harsh police crackdown last week fueled anger and swelled protests, President Dilma Rousseff, a former guerrilla who was imprisoned under the dictatorship and has now become the target of pointed criticism herself, tried to appease dissenters by embracing their cause on Tuesday.
    • 1910 September 3, “Taft Is Not Pleased by Roosevelt Plan”, in The New York Times:
      President Taft to-day had a pointed comment for the "new nationalism" that his predecessor has been launching in the West.
  5. (topology, algebraic topology, of a topological space) That has a named, but otherwise arbitrary, point (called the basepoint) that remains unchanged during subsequent discussion and is kept track of during all operations.
    The class of all pointed spaces forms a category - Top - with basepoint preserving continuous maps as morphisms.

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