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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v point repair the joints of bricks "point a chimney"
    • v point give a point to "The candles are tapered"
    • v point be a signal for or a symptom of "These symptoms indicate a serious illness","Her behavior points to a severe neurosis","The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued"
    • v point indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively "I showed the customer the glove section","He pointed to the empty parking space","he indicated his opponents"
    • v point indicate the presence of (game) by standing and pointing with the muzzle "the dog pointed the dead duck"
    • v point intend (something) to move towards a certain goal "He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face","criticism directed at her superior","direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself"
    • v point direct into a position for use "point a gun","He charged his weapon at me"
    • v point be positionable in a specified manner "The gun points with ease"
    • v point mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes
    • v point mark with diacritics "point the letter"
    • v point mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics
    • v point sail close to the wind
    • v point direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
    • v point be oriented "The weather vane points North","the dancers toes pointed outward"
    • n point a contact in the distributor; as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts them and current flows to the spark plugs
    • n point sharp end "he stuck the point of the knife into a tree","he broke the point of his pencil"
    • n point a wall socket
    • n point the gun muzzle's direction "he held me up at the point of a gun"
    • n point an outstanding characteristic "his acting was one of the high points of the movie"
    • n point a distinguishing or individuating characteristic "he knows my bad points as well as my good points"
    • n point the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp tip
    • n point an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole "several of the details are similar","a point of information"
    • n point a geometric element that has position but no extension "a point is defined by its coordinates"
    • n point the object of an activity "what is the point of discussing it?"
    • n point a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list "he noticed an item in the New York Times","she had several items on her shopping list","the main point on the agenda was taken up first"
    • n point a brief version of the essential meaning of something "get to the point","he missed the point of the joke","life has lost its point"
    • n point the dot at the left of a decimal fraction
    • n point a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer "the point of the arrow was due north"
    • n point a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations "in England they call a period a stop"
    • n point the precise location of something; a spatially limited location "she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"
    • n point a promontory extending out into a large body of water "they sailed south around the point"
    • n point one percent of the total principal of a loan; it is paid at the time the loan is made and is independent of the interest on the loan
    • n point the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest "he scored 20 points in the first half","a touchdown counts 6 points"
    • n point a linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch
    • n point a style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect
    • n point any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass "he checked the point on his compass"
    • n point a V shape "the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points"
    • n point a very small circular shape "a row of points","draw lines between the dots"
    • n point a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process "a remarkable degree of frankness","at what stage are the social sciences?"
    • n point an instant of time "at that point I had to leave"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A motorist wishes to point out A motorist wishes to point out
The hussar points his pistol at the mysterious women The hussar points his pistol at the mysterious women
Brushes.—Round Pointed Brushes.—Round Pointed
Forming points with cords Forming points with cords
Making a fine point Making a fine point
Bearings of the Rising aAnd Setting Points of the Sun from Gibeon Bearings of the Rising aAnd Setting Points of the Sun from Gibeon

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The big toe is the foot reflexology pressure point for the head
    • Point (Anc. Costume) A a string or lace used to tie together certain parts of the dress.
    • Point (Mus) A dot or mark distinguishing or characterizing certain tones or styles; as, points of perfection, of augmentation, etc.; hence, a note; a tune.
    • Point A dot or mark used to designate certain tones or time
    • Point (Mus) A dot placed at the right hand of a note, to raise its value, or prolong its time, by one half, as to make a whole note equal to three half notes, a half note equal to three quarter notes.
    • Point (Cricket) A fielder who is stationed on the off side, about twelve or fifteen yards from, and a little in advance of, the batsman.
    • Point (Astron) A fixed conventional place for reference, or zero of reckoning, in the heavens, usually the intersection of two or more great circles of the sphere, and named specifically in each case according to the position intended; as, the equinoctial points; the solstitial points; the nodal points; vertical points, etc. See Equinoctial Nodal.
    • Point A mark of punctuation; a character used to mark the divisions of a composition, or the pauses to be observed in reading, or to point off groups of figures, etc.; a stop, as a comma, a semicolon, and esp. a period; hence, figuratively, an end, or conclusion. "And there a point, for ended is my tale.""Commas and points they set exactly right."
    • Point (Fencing) A movement executed with the saber or foil; as, tierce point .
    • Point (Med) A pointed piece of quill or bone covered at one end with vaccine matter; -- called also vaccine point.
    • Point (Naut) A short piece of cordage used in reefing sails. See Reef point, under Reef.
    • Point A small matter; a trifle; a least consideration; a punctilio. "This fellow doth not stand upon points .""He] cared not for God or man a point ."
    • Point A spot to which a straight run is made; hence, a straight run from point to point; a cross-country run.
    • Point (Type Making) A standard unit of measure for the size of type bodies, being one twelfth of the thickness of pica type. See Point system of type, under Type.
    • Point (Railways) A switch.
    • Point A tyne or snag of an antler.
    • Point Act of pointing, as of the foot downward in certain dance positions.
    • Point An indefinitely small space; a mere spot indicated or supposed. Specifically: Geom That which has neither parts nor magnitude; that which has position, but has neither length, breadth, nor thickness, -- sometimes conceived of as the limit of a line; that by the motion of which a line is conceived to be produced.
    • Point An indivisible portion of time; a moment; an instant; hence, the verge. "When time's first point begun
      Made he all souls."
    • Point An instrument which pricks or pierces, as a sort of needle used by engravers, etchers, lace workers, and others; also, a pointed cutting tool, as a stone cutter's point; -- called also pointer.
    • Point An item of private information; a hint; a tip; a pointer.
    • Point Anything which tapers to a sharp, well-defined termination. Specifically: A small promontory or cape; a tract of land extending into the water beyond the common shore line.
    • Point Hence, the most prominent or important feature, as of an argument, discourse, etc.; the essential matter; esp., the proposition to be established; as, the point of an anecdote. "Here lies the point .""They will hardly prove his point ."
    • Point Hence, to direct the attention or notice of. "Whosoever should be guided through his battles by Minerva, and pointed to every scene of them."
    • Point In various games, a position of a certain player, or, by extension, the player himself;
    • Point Lace wrought the needle; as, point de Venise; Brussels point . See Point lace, below.
    • Point (Naut) One of the points of the compass (see Points of the compass, below); also, the difference between two points of the compass; as, to fall off a point .
    • Point One of the raised dots used in certain systems of printing and writing for the blind. The first practical system was that devised by Louis Braille in 1829, and still used in Europe (see Braille). Two modifications of this are current in the United States: New York point founded on three bases of equidistant points arranged in two lines (viz., : :: :::), and a later improvement, American Braille, embodying the Braille base (:::) and the New-York-point principle of using the characters of few points for the commonest letters.
    • Point (Her) One of the several different parts of the escutcheon. See Escutcheon.
    • Point One of the spaces on a backgammon board.
    • Point That which arrests attention, or indicates qualities or character; a salient feature; a characteristic; a peculiarity; hence, a particular; an item; a detail; as, the good or bad points of a man, a horse, a book, a story, etc. "He told him, point for point, in short and plain.""In point of religion and in point of honor.""Shalt thou dispute
      With Him the points of liberty ?"
    • Point That which pricks or pierces; the sharp end of anything, esp. the sharp end of a piercing instrument, as a needle or a pin.
    • Point The attitude assumed by a pointer dog when he finds game; as, the dog came to a point . See Pointer.
    • Point The mark made by the end of a sharp, piercing instrument, as a needle; a prick.
    • Point The perpendicular rising of a hawk over the place where its prey has gone into cover.
    • v. t. & i Point point To appoint.
    • Point (Med) To approximate to the surface; to head; -- said of an abscess.
    • Point (Stone Cutting) To cut, as a surface, with a pointed tool.
    • Point To direct the point of something, as of a finger, for the purpose of designating an object, and attracting attention to it; -- with at. "Now must the world point at poor Katharine.""Point at the tattered coat and ragged shoe."
    • Point To direct toward an abject; to aim; as, to point a gun at a wolf, or a cannon at a fort.
    • Point (Masonry) To fill up and finish the joints of (a wall), by introducing additional cement or mortar, and bringing it to a smooth surface.
    • Point To give a point to; to sharpen; to cut, forge, grind, or file to an acute end; as, to point a dart, or a pencil. Used also figuratively; as, to point a moral.
    • Point To give particular prominence to; to designate in a special manner; to indicate, as if by pointing; as, the error was pointed out. "He points it, however, by no deviation from his straightforward manner of speech."
    • Point To indicate or discover by a fixed look, as game.
    • Point To indicate the presence of game by fixed and steady look, as certain hunting dogs do. "He treads with caution, and he points with fear."
    • Point To mark (a text, as in Arabic or Hebrew) with vowel points; -- also called vocalize.
    • Point To supply with punctuation marks; to punctuate; as, to point a composition.
    • Point Whatever serves to mark progress, rank, or relative position, or to indicate a transition from one state or position to another, degree; step; stage; hence, position or condition attained; as, a point of elevation, or of depression; the stock fell off five points; he won by tenpoints. "A point of precedence.""Creeping on from point to point .""A lord full fat and in good point ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cockroaches can live for nine days without their heads, at which point they die of starvation.
    • n point The sharp end of something, as of a thorn, pin, needle, knife, sword, etc.
    • n point That which tapers to or has a sharp end; a tapering thing with a sharp apex A sword.
    • n point In etching, an engraving tool consisting of a metallic point, a sewing-needle or a medium embroidery-needle, or a rat-tail file ground to an evenly rounded tapering point, not too sharp if intended for use on an etching-ground, but much more trenchant if it is to be employed in dry-point on the bare copper.
    • n point In printing, a projecting pin on a press for marking the register by perforating the paper
    • n point A small diamond or fragment of a diamond used for cutting glass.
    • n point A punch used by stone-masons to form narrow ridges in the face of a stone which is to be afterward dressed down.
    • n point A wedge-shaped chisel for nigging ashler
    • n point A triangular piece of zinc for holding glass in the sash before the putty is put in.
    • n point plural In railroading, the switches or movable guiding-rails at junctions or stations.
    • n point A branch of a deer's antler. See antler.
    • n point In backgammon, one of the narrow tapering spaces on which the men are placed
    • n point plural Spurs or stout needles suitably fastened in a flat board, on which printed sheets are placed by passing the needles through the point-holes; this is done to insure the exact cutting of printed sheets that have uneven margins. Knight, Bookbinding.
    • n point A salient or projecting part; a part of an object projecting abruptly from it, as a peak or promontory from the land or coast.
    • n point A salient feature or physical peculiarity: especially, a feature which determines the excellence of an animal; characteristic; trait.
    • n point The salient feature of a story, discourse, epigram, or remark; that part or feature of a saying, etc., which gives it application; the directly effective part; hence, the possession of such a feature; force or expression generally: as, he failed to see the point of the joke; his action gave point to his words.
    • n point The precise question or matter in dispute or under consideration; the principal thing to be attended to; the main difficulty to be met or obviated: as, these are side issues—let us come to the point.
    • n point An indivisible part of an argument, narrative, or account; a particular; a detail; an item. See at all points and in point of, below.
    • n point Particular end, aim, purpose, or concern; object desired: as, to gain one's point.
    • n point Case; condition; situation; state: plight.
    • n point A deed or feat; an exploit.
    • n point A mark made by the end of a sharp instrument, such as a pin, needle, pen, etc.; a dot or other sign to mark separation, to measure from, etc. Specifically— A mark of punctuation; a character used to mark the divisions of composition, or the pauses to be observed in rending or speaking, as the comma (,), the semicolon (;), the colon (:), and especially the period or full stop (.).
    • n point Hence— A stop; a conclusion; a period.
    • n point A diacritical mark, indicating a vowel, or other modification of sound: especially in Hebrew, Arabic, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rutgers beat Princeton 6-4 in the first ever college football game. At the time, a touchdown was worth only two points.
    • n Point point anything coming to a sharp end: the mark made by a sharp instrument: : : : :
    • v.t Point to give a point to: to sharpen: to aim: to direct one's attention: to punctuate, as a sentence: to fill the joints of with mortar, as a wall
    • v.i Point to direct the finger, the eye, or the mind towards an object: to show game by looking, as a dog
    • n Point point (geom.) that which has position but not length, breadth, or thickness: a mark showing the divisions of a sentence
    • n Point point (mus.) a dot at the right hand of a note to lengthen it by one-half: needle-point lace: a very small space: a moment of time: a small affair: a single thing: a single assertion: the precise thing to be considered: anything intended: exact place: degree: the unit of count in a game
    • n Point point (print.) a unit of measurement for type-bodies: an advantage: that which stings, as the point of an epigram: an imaginary relish, in 'potatoes and point:' a lively turn of thought: that which awakens attention: a peculiarity, characteristic
    • n Point point (cricket) the fielder standing at the immediate right of the batsman, and slightly in advance: a signal given by a trumpet
    • n Point point (pl.) chief or excellent features, as of a horse, &c.: the switch or movable rails which allow a train to pass from one line to another
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  • Horace
    “Nothing's beautiful from every point of view.”
  • Alfred Jarry
    Alfred Jarry
    “God is the tangential point between zero and infinity.”
  • Desiderius Erasmus
    “It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.”
  • Martin Luther
    “You should point to the whole man Jesus and say, That is God.”
  • Albert Camus
    “Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    “Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes.”


Beside the point - If something is beside the point, it's not relevant to the matter being discussed or considered.
Brownie points - If you try to earn Brownie points with someone, you do things you know will please them.
Case in point - Meaning an instance of something has just occurred that was previously discussed. For instance, a person may have told another that something always happens. Later that day, they see it happening, and the informer might say, 'case in point'.
Moot point - If something's a moot point, there's some disagreement about it: a debatable point. In the U.S., this expression usually means that there is no point in debating something, because it just doesn't matter. An example: If you are arguing over whether to go the beach or to the park, but you find out the car won't start and you can't go anywhere, then the destination is said to be a moot point.
Point the finger - When you point the finger at someone, you are accusing and blaming them for something.
Sticking point - A sticking point is a controversial issue that blocks progress in negotiations, etc, where compromise is unlikely or impossible.
Tipping point - Small changes may have little effect until they build up to critical mass, then the next small change may suddenly change everything. this is the tipping point.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. point, and probably also pointe, L. punctum, puncta, fr. pungere, punctum, to prick. See Pungent, and cf. Puncto Puncture
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. punctumpungĕre, to prick.


In literature:

It was at this point that he stated his opinion of the trustworthiness of garage workmen.
"Ruth Fielding Down East" by Alice B. Emerson
They run from point to point, from street to street.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
We have been following out an ever-widening environment from point to point, and now we reach the outermost zones.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
From College Point to Bell's Point, sixty miles above New Orleans, the Mississippi runs nearly from west to east.
"Bonaventure" by George Washington Cable
Among other points their relations to other races have been much discussed.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
An important relation between velocity and work is here to be pointed out.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
It is only drawing a parallel around the citadel at a more remote point.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
There are two points which follow, as a matter of course.
"The Armed Forces Officer" by U. S. Department of Defense
Such was in point of fact the case with the youth whom we have been describing.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
It begins in a point that is almost a mathematical point, and spreads around this point by concentric waves which go on enlarging.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
Circe points out the way to Ulysses; her nature is to point to the Beyond, to which she cannot herself pass.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
Then the father pointed to a chair.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
De la Hire, it ought to be pointed out, had noticed this same fact about sixty years earlier.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
We have pointed out how the foci possess a geometrical significance which no other points enjoy.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
Lord KITCHENER: Is that the only point or will other points be raised?
"The Peace Negotiations" by J. D. Kestell
Charley pointed far to the south where, half a mile distant, another long point jutted out through the marsh into the river.
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely
No longer do we hear now of quick, straight, advances from point to point.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
Lay {65} this on the bank of the river so one side points to some point on the opposite bank.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
Your system of party government has good points, but it has weak points, and the Irish make you feel them.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
One mouth closed to a pointed end that forced its way between the bars.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various

In poetry:

A puppet could be made
To answer in all points your praise of him.
Hath he no substance as of a man?
"The Spagnoletto. Act I" by Emma Lazarus
Pointing to his wife and children
While he suffered racking pain,
Said he to our soldiers round him,
"Don't let them be slaves again!"
"Black Tom" by Anonymous Americas
They pointed at him, writhing, drunk
With agony, they wailed his name;
They cursed him. . . . All his hope was shrunk
To nothingness—he was to blame.
"A Preacher" by John Joy Bell
Then will I tell to sinners round,
What a dear Savior I have found;
I’ll point to Thy redeeming blood,
And say, “Behold the way to God.”
"Jesus, my all, to heaven is gone," by John Cennick
Proof to the rust of time, were his to wield.
He flung
Their sharp keen points with God's own signet seal'd,
While the world's confines with their echoes rung.
"The Veiled Memnon" by Alexander Anderson
Each pointed leaf, with sword-like strength,
Guarding the flower throughout its length
Each sword has won a sweet release
To the flower of beauty and of peace.
"Cedar Mountain" by Annie Adams Fields

In news:

Ron Capps lay awake early Sunday morning analyzing his two-point deficit to Jack Beckman in the NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car points standings.
Rustler 's Rooste, Pointe Hilton on South Mountain, 7777 South Pointe Parkway West, Phoenix, 431-6474.
Coach Joe Sacco guided the Avalanche to a 19-point improvement (88 points to 69) over last season's total.
Darius Conley scored 15 points and Saint Peter 's rallied from a 16-point deficit to defeat Siena 63-58 on Friday night, sweeping the season series.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared more than 170 points after a better-than-expected jobs report, dropped more than 500 points, and has since pared most of its losses.
934 (Previous rank: 755) Compare tool: Sentry Insurance Group vs Top 10 CEO: Dale R Schuh Address: 1800 N Point Dr Stevens Point, WI 54481 Phone: 715-346-6000 Website: sentry .com.
Griffin had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Jordan had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead six players who scored in double figures.
Senior Marshall Wood (front) holds the Rustburg records for points in a game (49) and points in a single season 480.
HIGH POINT, N.C.–Showplace, the showroom building, will celebrate its 10th anniversary in business at the upcoming High Point Market.
RUSS SMITH scored 23 points and Peyton Siva added 10 points and 10 assists as No.
James Southerland scored 18 points, Michael Carter-Williams had eight points and a career-high 13 assists, and No.
The Oswego Squirts defeated Camillus 2 5-1, defeated Fulton 4-1, lost to Valley 6-1, and defeated Camillus 1 2-1 to garner a tournament high 12.5 points in the five-point scoring system to advance to the championship.
Looking at the chart above, SSRI 's low point in its 52 week range is $10.06 per share, with $21.07 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $13.94.
Following is a sampling of the race meets and point-to-points scheduled for the spring of 2010.
HIGH POINT, N.C.– Surya announced the winners of a special sales contest at an award ceremony held at High Point Market.

In science:

Each point represents a point-by-point derivative of the energy which is itself averaged over 0.1 K intervals.
Monte Carlo Simulations of the Random-Field Ising Model
Since T is local, the closure of this T point includes the φ given K point, and so this T point is also in U .
Generic algebras with involution of degree 8m
The spectrum for this is obtained by adding a point at infinity to the spectral cosheaf, over the point at infinity in the 1-point compactification of Y .
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
Lemma 7.3 Almost surely, the fol lowing hold: (i) each oriented curve Γ has a starting point s(Γ) ∈ Crit(U ) and a terminating point t(Γ) ∈ U −1{−∞} ∪ Crit(U ); (ii) at any limiting point, the oriented gradient curve Γ is tangent to a straight line passing through that point.
Transportation to random zeroes by the gradient flow
Then, using an arbitrary subset of four points, find the point defining a new circumsphere that does not contain any other points, and connect this point to the other four.
QCD, Symmetry Breaking and the Random Lattice
Note that a point belonging to the boundary of G is a point of the frontier of G, however a point of the frontier of G need not be a point of the boundary of G, the latter set being empty for G an open set.
On the Luttinger theorem concerning number of particles in the ground states of systems of interacting fermions
As mentioned above, Pρ, the Poisson point process with intensity measure ρ, might produce point conf igurations with more than one atom in a single point, in this case in the points of Λ.
Random Cluster Tessellations
If you take some arbitrary simple point process P, e.g. Pλ, the image Pb of P under the mapping b randomly produces point conf igurations with exactly one point in every ε-bal l centred in the lattice points.
Random Cluster Tessellations
Since the point D is directly above point A and the cabin OABCDE is an inertial system, according to our current understanding of inertial systems, it goes without saying that the photon emitted in the vertical direction at point A will reach point D since light travels in straight lines.
The Twin Paradox Revisited and Reformulated -- On the Possibility of Detecting Absolute Motion
Namely, given a total ordering of the points in S, as s′ we pick the first, say, active point and pair it with a point s′′, chosen uniformly at random among all points not in the pairs.
On the largest component of a random graph with a subpower-law degree sequence in a subcritical phase
If b is a point in H (1, x) ∩ ∂X, then there is a sequence bn of points in H (1, x) converging to b, and 2 bd(1, x) − 19δ so by the definition of Gromov product for boundary points, this implies that (a|b) > 1 for all points a and b in H (1, x).
Random Heegaard splittings
Excursions are the amount of time the walk, starting from a point of the lattice (or a set of points), spends before it returns to this point (or this set of points).
The local time of a random walk on growing hypercubes
Type I and II, any saddle point of F is of Type III and there exists a saddle points of Type III. (3) If F is a closed surface of genus greater than one, then any saddle point of F is of Type III or IV after we eliminated all saddle points of Type I and II.
Waist and trunk of knots
Thus, at ε → 0 in the proper Euclidean geometry the ε-vicinity of the point P is the same point P, whereas in the geometry of Minkowski the ε-vicinity of the point P is the light cone with the vertex at the point P .
General relativity extended to non-Riemannian space-time geometry
Then, the stable fixed point q1 (α) and the unstable fixed point q2 (α) merge at the solid line, and the stable fixed point q3 (α) and the unstable fixed point q2 (α) merge at the dashed line, both of which correspond to sadd le-node bifurcations .
A universal form of slow dynamics in zero-temperature random-field Ising model