Got the Point

There are several compound words that end in –point that are not hyphenated, according to the SPE Style Guide. These include:

Bubblepoint – pressure and temperature at which the first bubble comes out of solution

Dewpoint  – pressure at which the first condensate liquid comes out of solution from gas

Endpoint – point during titration where the color or pH changes

Gridpoint – ???

Midpoint – location halfway between two objects or two ends of a line

Wellpoint – ???

Anybody out there in the Peanut Gallery know the definitions of Gridpoint and Wellpoint? (Note: not the company names, please.)

Here’s a little side note about Bubblepoint and Dewpoint. These are single words when used either as a noun or as an adjective.


What is the bubblepoint of that oil sample? (noun)

The bubblepoint pressure of that sample is 279 psi at reservoir temperature. (adjective)


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