1. the point of a pin.
  2. a trifle; pinhead.
  3. a tiny spot or sharp point.

verb (used with object)

  1. to locate or describe exactly or precisely: to pinpoint the problem.


  1. exact; precise: pinpoint accuracy.

verb (tr)

  1. to locate or identify exactlyto pinpoint a problem; to pinpoint a place on a map


  1. an insignificant or trifling thing
  2. the point of a pin
  3. (modifier) exacta pinpoint aim

n.also pin-point, “point of a pin,” 1849, from pin (n.) + point (n.). Taken into aeronautics in sense “place identified from the air,” hence verb meaning “locate precisely” (1917), which originally was aviators’ slang. Related: Pinpointed; pinpointing. As an adjective, “performed with precisional accuracy,” 1944, originally of aerial bombing.

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