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as in: The focus of our study is... Define
where attention is concentrated
  • His accent made him exotic and interesting; his broken arm made him a martyr; his sadism made him a natural focus for all those who loved pain in others.

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  • Since we’re running out of time, let’s narrow our focus to just what needs to be done tomorrow.
  • This focus of this class is classic American Literature.

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as in: Turn your focus to question #2. Define
concentrate or look at
  • Almost from the moment they began to drop, they were focusing their Little Doctors on one thing only.
  • But gradually, as Mazer played the videos over and over again, Ender began to see the way that all the movements focused on, radiated from a center point.

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  • But then you’d think that when you went for it, they would have immediately focused all their power on you.

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  • I find that studying in the library helps me to focus.
  • This week, I’m focusing on finishing my research paper.

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as in: The camera focuses automatically Define
to adjust a lens to make an image clear
  • Ender had trouble focusing on Colonel Graff. The man looked far away and very small, as if Ender could pick him up with tweezers and drop him in a pocket.

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  • I have to give the camera a little while to focus before I shoot the picture.
  • Focus [the camera] on the trees behind the lake.

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technical usage Define
Technical usage typically involves some sense of center or concentration such as:
  • physics — a point of convergence such as the point where light rays meet
  • geometry — a fixed reference point (as of a parabola)
  • geology — the point of origin of an earthquake
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  • But it has a tight enough beam. Well-focused. You can aim it and make a three-inch circle of light on a wall a hundred meters off.
  • Maybe tear big chunks out of them by reflecting the planet’s own gravity back on itself, only from another direction, and focused down to a smaller point.

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  • At the focal point of two beams, it sets up a field in which molecules can’t hold together anymore.
  • You can’t see through the shield to aim and focus the beams, but since the generator of the Ecstatic Shield is always in the exact center, it isn’t hard to figure it out.
  • One, two, four, seven of his fighters were blown away. It was all a gamble now, whether any of his ships would survive long enough to get in range. It would not take long, once they could focus on the planet’s surface.

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  • The satellite dish focuses the signal into a relatively narrow beam.
  • The focus of a parabola is a fixed point on the interior of the parabola used in the formal definition of the curve.

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unspecified meaning
  • Peter was an ass, but he did provide some focus to their childhood.

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as in: Turn your focus to question #2. Define
concentrate or look at
as in: The focus of our study is... Define
where attention is concentrated
as in: bring into focus; or out of focus Define
a state where something has come into view or can be seen clearly (Typically this is said of the appearance of an image or picture, but it can also be said of an issue or something else that get's attention; or of an understanding that become clear.)
as in: The camera focuses automatically Define
to adjust a lens to make an image clear
technical usage Define
Technical usage typically involves some sense of center or concentration such as:
  • physics — a point of convergence such as the point where light rays meet
  • geometry — a fixed reference point (as of a parabola)
  • geology — the point of origin of an earthquake
See a comprehensive dictionary for other less common meanings.

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