Middle English Dictionary Entry

pointen v.(1)
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

1a.
(a) To cause injury by stabbing; fig. stab (sb.) verbally; (b) to make pauses in reading a text; read (sth.) with pauses; (c) cook. to sharpen the taste of (sth.) by adding vinegar; (d) to fill the joints between the tiles of (a house) with mortar; seal the edges around an (opening); fill (cracks); (e) to furnish (a garment) with tags or laces for fastening; (f) to aim (sth.); (g) to stitch, mend;(h) ?fig. to punctuate or end (sth.) with a period, put a full stop to (legal proceedings).
1b.
Ppl. pointed: (a) having a sharp point or points; tapering to a sharp tip; two-pointed, double-edged [quot.: a1500(?c1425)]; (b) pointed cauterie, cauterization with a sharp instrument; also, the pointed instrument; (c) of an arrow: tipped (with sth.), having a head (of sth.); (d) of a diamond: having pointed angles or edges: (e) provided with a tag.
2.
(a) To summarize (a subject) in brief notes; make a brief tabulation of; (b) to make a note or memorandum of (sth.); (c) to direct one's discourse (in a certain direction).

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc. (sense 1b.(b)), see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. pointed cautery.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • c1475(c1450)?Scrope Mirror World (Bod 283) 4782 : This syn is..shamful. For alle the worlde haloweth siche a man and pointeth hym with the finger.
Note: Ed.: "pointeth: 'points out' ([F] mostre)."
Note: New sense: '~ with the finger to point out, to show'?

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • c1475(c1450)?Scrope Mirror World (Bod 283) 6075 : Chidyng is whan oon lyeth anoother and spekyth grete woordys too him. After this commeth disdeyne, that is whan thee tone poynteth the toother and spekith right felly.
Note: Ed.: "poynteth: 'attacks' ([F] poignent)." Cf. sense 1a.(a) 'fig. stab (sb.) verbally'.
Note: Modify gloss for 1a.(a): 'assail, attack verbally'?