Meaning of POINTER in English
/ ˈpɔɪntə(r); NAmE / noun
( informal ) a piece of advice :
Here are some pointers on how to go about the writing task.
pointer (to sth) a sign that sth exists; a sign that shows how sth may develop in the future :
The surge in car sales was regarded as an encouraging pointer to an improvement in the economy.
a thin strip of metal that points to the numbers on a dial on a piece of equipment for measuring sth
a stick used to point to things on a map or picture on a wall
( computing ) a small symbol, for example an arrow, that marks a point on a computer screen
a large dog used in hunting, trained to stand still with its nose pointing towards the birds that are being hunted
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005