Pointer may refer to:

  • Pointer (rod), an object used to point manually
  • Pointing stick, an isometric joystick used as a pointing device
  • Point man, one who takes the front position in a combat military formation
  • Pointer (journal), the official journal of the Singapore Armed Forces
  • The Pointer Sisters, an American R&B vocal group formed in 1969
  • Pointer, a kind of pencil sharpener used for 2.0 mm diameter lead

In commerce:

  • Pointer Telocation, an Israeli company specializing in stolen vehicle recovery
  • Pointer (wireless phone), a short-lived mobile phone service in Finland in the 1980s
  • Volkswagen Pointer, a Brazilian car (built in the 1990s)
  • Pointer Insecticide, a brand of injected Imidacloprid for systemic insect control in trees

In science:

  • The Pointers (South Shetland Islands), a pair of rocks off Antarctica
  • In astronomy, one of two pairs of stars popularly called "The Pointers": Alpha Centauri and Beta Centauri, which point to the Southern Cross; or Alpha Ursae Majoris (Dubhe) and Beta Ursae Majoris (Merak), which point to Polaris

In dog breeds:

  • Pointing breed, a group of breeds of hunting dog breed trained to point at prey
  • Pointer (dog breed), the English pointer dog

In computing:

  • Pointer (computer programming), a data type used in programming
  • Pointer (graphical user interfaces), the graphical image which echoes movements of the pointing device, commonly a mouse or touchpad

Famous quotes containing the word pointer:

    The hardiest skeptic who has seen a horse broken, a pointer trained, or has visited a menagerie or the exhibition of the Industrious Fleas, will not deny the validity of education. “A boy,” says Plato, “is the most vicious of all beasts;” and in the same spirit the old English poet Gascoigne says, “A boy is better unborn than untaught.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)