Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)

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Punctual (Page: 1162)

Punc"tu*al (?), a. [F. ponctuel (cf. Sp.puntual, It. puntuale), from L. punctum point. See Point.]

1. Consisting in a point; limited to a point; unextended. [R.] This punctual spot." Milton.

The theory of the punctual existence of the soul. Krauth.

2. Observant of nice points; punctilious; precise.

Punctual to tediousness in all that he relates. Bp. Burnet.
So much on punctual niceties they stand. C. Pitt.

3. Appearing or done at, or adhering exactly to, a regular or an appointed time; precise; prompt; as, a punctual man; a punctual payment. The race of the undeviating and punctual sun." Cowper.

These sharp strokes [of a pendulum], with their inexorably steady intersections, so agree with our successive thoughts that they seem like the punctual stops counting off our very souls into the past. J. Martineau.