Pointing  

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Plato (left) and Aristotle (right), a detail of The School of Athens, a fresco by Raphael. Aristotle gestures to the earth, representing his belief in knowledge through empirical observation and experience, while holding a copy of his Nicomachean Ethics in his hand. Plato holds his Timaeus and points his index finger to the heavens, representing his belief in The Forms
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Plato (left) and Aristotle (right), a detail of The School of Athens, a fresco by Raphael. Aristotle gestures to the earth, representing his belief in knowledge through empirical observation and experience, while holding a copy of his Nicomachean Ethics in his hand. Plato holds his Timaeus and points his index finger to the heavens, representing his belief in The Forms

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Pointing may refer to:

  • Pointing, the hand gesture (see List of gestures)
  • Pointing, the external part of the mortar between bricks in walling (see repointing)
  • Pointing, the characteristic stance of pointing breeds of dogs used for hunting
  • The position accuracy of the optical axis (boresight) of a directional antenna
  • The process of adding vowel points to an abjad consonantal alphabet, called niqqud in Hebrew and harakat in Arabic
  • The process of distinguishing consonants with points, called dagesh in Hebrew and i'jam in Arabic

See also

  • Deixis, words and phrases that cannot be fully understood without additional contextual information
  • List of gestures used in non-verbal communication
  • Ostensive definition, conveys the meaning of a term by pointing out examples
  • Semiotics, the study of meaning-making, sign process, and meaningful communication
  • Sign (semiotics), something that communicates a meaning that is not the sign itself




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