(=tip) pointe f
a pencil with a sharp point un crayon à la pointe aiguisée
→ The point of the knife had been broken off.
at that point à ce moment-là
At that point, we decided to leave. À ce moment-là, nous avons décidé de partir.
→ At that point, all the lights went out.
→ At this point the girl slowly sat up on the sofa.
at one point
(=on one occasion) à un moment donné
→ At one point, 70,000 members had failed to pay.
at some point
(=sometime) un jour
→ We're all going to die at some point.
to be on the point of doing sth être sur le point de faire qch
→ As they were on the point of setting out, a light rain began to fall.
→ He was on the point of saying something when the phone rang.
when it comes to the point
(=in fact) en fait
→ Actually, when it comes to the point they don't feel the same way about children anyway as we do in the West
(=place) endroit m
→ We were nearing the point where the lane curved round to the right.
→ The best place to fish was the point where the stream joined the river.
→ The pain originated from a point in his right thigh.
The train stops at Carlisle and all points south. Le train dessert Carlisle et toutes les gares vers le sud.
to reach a point (fig) arriver à un stade
Need things ever reach that point? Faut-il vraiment en arriver à ce stade?
→ Do you ever reach a point where you just can't agree with her?
→ ideally you don't reach the point where intervention is called for
[+traveller] point m de départ
→ their original point of departure was the Saudi port of Jeddah
(=starting point) point m de départ
→ These could all provide a point of departure for European collaboration with the USA
the point of departure for sth le point de départ de qch
→ The point of departure for his latest book
(on scale, line)
a point on the horizon un point à l'horizon
the points of the compass les points mpl cardinaux
to come from all points of the compass
(=from all over the country) venir des quatre coins du pays
→ Sightseers arrived from all points of the compass.
up to a point
(=to some extent) jusqu'à un certain point
→ It worked up to a point.
→ Well I agree with you up to a point.
2 point 3 (2.3) 2 virgule 3 (2,3)
→ seven point eight per cent
→ an average of two point four children per couple
→ We take point nine six and multiply it by forty.
(in game, competition)
They scored 5 points. Ils ont marqué cinq points.
→ New Zealand have beaten Scotland by 21 points to 18.
→ The panel of judges gave him the highest points.
→ Chamberlain scored fifty points.
→ The panel of judges gave him the highest points.
→ Chamberlain scored fifty points.
He illustrated his point with an anecdote. Il a illustré son argument par une anecdote.
my point is that ... ce que je veux dire c'est que ...
→ My point is that I'm not going to change.
This was a point I put to her in the interview. C'est un point que j'ai soulevé lors de l'interview.
that's a good point! c'est vrai!
to make a point mettre en avant un argument
The research made some valid points. Les recherches ont mis en avant plusieurs arguments pertinents.
We disagree with every point Mr Brown makes. Nous ne sommes d'accord avec aucun des arguments mis en avant par M. Brown.
He made some interesting points. Il a fait quelque remarques intéressantes.
Ok, you've made your point. D'accord, j'ai compris.
→ I think you've made your point, dear.
→ OK, you've made your point, I apologize.
to come to the point en venir au fait
He came straight to the point. Il en est venu directement au fait.
→ He came straight to the point. "It's bad news," he said.
→ He came to the point at once. "You did a splendid job on this case."
→ Philip, I may as well come straight to the point. I'm pregnant.
to get to the point en venir au fait
→ Was she ever going to get to the point?
I take your point je vois ce que vous voulez dire
Yes, I see your point. Oui, je vois ce que vous voulez dire.
→ I see your point when you say it wouldn't be a good idea.
to have a point
(=be right) avoir raison
→ "If he'd already killed once, surely he'd have killed Sarah?" She had a point there.
You've got a point there! Tu as raison!
→ "It couldn't have been Alan. You said he was away." - "You've got a point there."
to prove one's point prouver qu'on a raison
→ In a year he proved his point by selling 11,000 Model T's
to be beside the point
(=irrelevant) n'avoir rien à voir
(=unimportant) ne pas avoir d'importance
The fact that it's expensive is beside the point. Le fait que c'est cher n'a rien à voir.
Brian didn't like it, but that was beside the point. Ca ne plaisait pas à Brian, mais ça n'avait pas d'importance.
that's not the point
(=irrelevant) là n'est pas la question
→ "Did I ask you to talk to me?" - "That's not the point."
there's no point cela ne sert à rien
there's no point in doing ... cela ne sert à rien de faire ...
There's no point in waiting. Cela ne sert à rien d'attendre.
→ There's no point in talking to you.
→ There was no point in staying any longer.
what's the point? à quoi bon?
What's the point of leaving so early? À quoi bon partir si tôt?
→ What was the point of thinking about him?
→ What was the point in getting married?
I can't see the point je ne vois pas l'intérêt
→ Many students do not even turn up to classes. They cannot see the point.
[+person, thing] point m
to have points in common avoir des points communs
→ These two projects have some interesting points in common.
the most interesting point about it is ... son aspect le plus intéressant est ...
→ The most interesting point about the village was its religion.
[+person] mauvais côtés mpl
→ Thorpe's got his bad points but I like him on the whole.
[+person] qualités fpl
to make a point of doing sth ne pas manquer de faire qch
→ I made a point of being sociable.
→ She made a point of spending as much time as possible away from Oxford.
to get the point
(=understand) comprendre, saisir
Sorry, I don't get the point. Désolé, je ne comprends pas.
→ I just don't get the point of it.
to miss the point
(=fail to understand) ne pas comprendre, ne pas saisir
You've all missed the point entirely. Vous n'avez rien compris.
that's the whole point! précisément!
→ But that's the whole point. I never wanted to go in the first place.
→ That's the whole point. You can't anticipate how they're going to react.
in point of fact en fait, en réalité
→ In point of fact, he didn't say that at all.
→ In point of fact, she never went to university at all.
(British) power point prise f
→ too far away from the nearest electrical point
to point the way forward montrer la voie
[+wall, window] jointoyer
to point sth at sb [+finger, stick] pointer qch vers qn
→ He pointed a shaking finger at my friend and hissed with rage.
to point a gun at sb braquer un revolver sur qn
→ A man pointed a gun at them and pulled the trigger.
point your browser at .... rendez vous sur le site ...
[person] montrer du doigt
Don't point! Ne montre pas du doigt!
→ My friend didn't say anything, he just pointed.
to point at sb/sth montrer qn/qch du doigt
She pointed at Anne. Elle a montré Anne du doigt.
→ He pointed at her as if he meant her to stand up.
→ She pointed at the door and told him to get out.
to point to sth montrer qch du doigt
→ Mr Jones pointed to a chair and asked her to sit down.
→ "Over there," she said and pointed to the bathroom door.
to point to sth
[needle, clock hand, indicator] indiquer qch
[sign] indiquer qch
→ An arrow pointed to the toilets.
to point north indiquer le nord
→ The needle on a compass will always point north or south, wherever you are.
to point forwards
[vehicle] être tourné (e) vers l'avant
→ He controlled the car until it was pointing forwards again.
→ We'll need to clean the points.
(on railway line)
n (COMPUTING, to network, Internet) point m d'accès
n point m de l'acupressing
→ Once these stresses are identified, acupressure points are held with the intention of bringing the body back into balance
n (BUSINESS) point m de base
n point m d'ébullition
→ The boiling point of water is 373 K.
→ After the water has reached boiling point, turn the gas as low as possible.
n point m de bonus
n seuil m de rentabilité
→ `Terminator 2' finally made $200 million, which was considered to be the break-even point for the picture.
n point m de rupture
→ The system is being pushed to breaking point.
balle f de break
→ There was one break point for Roddick in the third set.
n bon point m
→ it's a Brownie point for the council
to score brownie points se faire bien voir
→ They're just trying to score brownie points with politicians.
(=important point) point m important
(=symbol) puce f
→ Use bold type for headings and bullet points for noteworthy achievements.
n (in tennis)
balle de match f de la finale (d'un tournoi de tennis)
→ He lost a crucial championship point.
n (in large store)
point m de retrait des achats
→ You can pay for your goods here then pick them up from the collection point.
(=direction) point m cardinal
n (across road, border)
point m de passage , (across river)
n ~virgule f
exclamation point (US)
n point m d'exclamation
(=key place) point m de convergence
→ ... the focal point for the town's many visitors - the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
(=key feature) attraction f , point m d'attraction
→ A weighty door or gate can make a strong focal point in a garden
the focal point of the show this year l'attraction du spectacle cette année
[+meeting, discussions] point m central
[+battle, conflict] point m focal
→ The battle for the fort had become the focal point of the conflict
n point m de congélation
below freezing point au-dessous de zéro
→ The temperature remained below freezing point throughout the day.
grade point average
n (US) note f moyenne, moyenne f
[+visit, holiday, event] clou m
the high point of the evening le clou de la soirée
n tremplin m
a jumping-off point for sth un tremplin pour qch
→ Lectoure is a bustling market town and the best jumping-off point for a first visit to Le Gers.
n balle f de match
n point m de fusion
n point m discutable
This is a moot point. C'est un point discutable.
Whether he was serious is a moot point. Qu'il ait été sérieux est un point discutable.
(on driving licence)
point m de pénalité
→ this resulted in a £40 fine and three penalty points on my licence
(awarded against team, player)
point m de pénalité
→ their dressage score of 37.61 penalty points
n point m
pick-up point , pickup point
n (for people)
point m de rendez-vous , (for goods)
point m de collecte
→ The company had pick-up points in most cities ...
(=advantage) avantage m
→ A plus point for families is the nearby retail park,
→ I suppose a plus point is that I'm just about the only bloke in the show
[+object, place] montrer
The guide pointed out Notre-Dame to us. Le guide nous a montré Notre-Dame.
→ They kept standing up to take pictures and point things out to each other.
→ I'll point him out to you.
to point out that ... faire remarquer que ...
I should point out that ... Je dois vous faire remarquer que ...
She pointed out that he was wrong. Elle a fait remarquer qu'il avait tort.
→ Critics point out that the prince, on his income, should be paying tax.
The announcement points to possible redundancies. L'annonce indique la possibilité de suppressions d'emploi.
Her questions point to a desire to know the truth. Ses questions montrent qu'elle veut savoir la vérité.
→ Private polls and embassy reports pointed to a no vote.
(=point out) faire remarquer
→ They pointed proudly to the administration's success in recent years.
adj pointer-cliquer inv
→ the point-and-click interface familiar today: mouse, windows, menus
→ an easy, point-and-click solution for backing up your Outlook and Outlook Express mail, mailboxes, settings and more
→ their point blank refusal
→ She refused the offer point-blank.
→ I asked him point-blank why he was doing it.
[shoot] à bout portant
→ I shot him in the brain, point-blank.
to be on point duty
[policeman] régler la circulation
(=spokesman) porte-parole m inv
→ Colin Campbell, the SNP's point-man on defence
point of order
n (in debate)
point m de procédure
→ The postponement was demanded and won on a point of order.
to raise a point of order soulever un point de procédure
→ I'd like to raise a point of order here.
→ A point of order was raised in parliament by Mr Ben Morris ...
point of reference
n point m de référence
→ Do we still have any fixed point of reference in the teaching of English?
point of sale
n point m de vente
→ Demand-chain management captures information on consumer behaviour at the point of sale and feeds it up the supply chain.
[advertising] sur le lieu de vente
→ ... point-of-sale advertising.
point of view
(=viewpoint) point m de vue
Try to look at this from my point of view. Essayez de voir cela de mon point de vue.
It depends on your point of view. Cela dépend de votre point de vue.
→ It depends on your point of view whether you think it's a good thing or not.
from a practical point of view d'un point de vue pratique
→ From a practical point of view, we'd be better leaving on Friday.
from the point of view of ...
(=as regards) du point de vue de ...
→ Do you think that, from the point of view of results, this exercise was worth the cost?
→ The average man doing hard physical work has the best record, from the point of view of heart disease.
n steeple-chase champêtre réservé à des cavaliers amateurs steeple-chase champêtre réservé à des cavaliers amateurs
n (British) prise f de courant
→ Where's the nearest power point? I need to plug in my portable computer.
n point m de compression
n niveau m de prix
→ No price point exists for the machine yet ...
n point m de ralliement
→ using nationalism as a rallying point
n (fig) seuil m de saturation
→ Road traffic has reached saturation point.
[+product] argument m de vente
(=advantage) atout m
→ His great selling point among voters is his youth.
n (TENNIS) balle f de set
(for trip, journey)
point m de départ
→ This makes a good starting point for a tour around the island.
(for discussion, process)
point m de départ
→ I think that's actually quite a good starting point.
n (in discussion, talks)
point m de friction
(=strength) point m fort
→ Emphasize your strong points. Don't draw attention to the areas where you've no experience.
... is not his strong point ... n'est pas son fort
Punctuality isn't my strong point. La ponctualité n'est pas mon fort.
Science was never my strong point at school. Les sciences n'ont jamais été mon fort à l'école.
n sujet m de discussion
n demi-tour m en trois manœuvres
n tournant m
→ The turning point of his career came in 1958
→ the crucial turning point in the war against Japan
→ the economy was at a turning point
It proved to be a turning point in his life. Ça a été un tournant dans sa vie.
unique selling point
n argument m clé de vente
(=place) poste m d'observation
→ The warden took us to a vantage point on the slopes where we saw herring gulls on the rocks below.
From a concealed vantage point, he saw a car arrive. De son poste d'observation, à l'abri des regards, il vit une voiture arriver.
(=point in time, situation) recul m
from today's vantage point avec le recul, avec le recul que nous avons aujourd'hui
→ From today's vantage point, the 1987 crash seems just a blip in the upward progress of the market ...
→ From the vantage point of the present he saw the unquestioning love and support that had been lavished upon him for his first twenty-five years.
We can see the reasons from our 21st century vantage point.
n école militaire américaine école militaire américaine