Pronunciation: (mach' point' for 1; mach' point" for 2), [key]
1. (in tennis, squash, handball, etc.) the point that if won would enable the scorer or the scorer's side to win the match.
2. Duplicate Bridge. a scoring unit consisting of one point awarded to a partnership for each opposing partnership whose score they better on a hand and of one-half point for each opposing partnership whose score they equal.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.