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focus
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Harry Potter (#2) and the Chamber of Secrets
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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.)
  • He felt his feet hit solid ground, and stood, shaking, as the blurred shapes around him came suddenly into focus.
  • Fawke’s head slid in and out of focus.

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  • Instead of going black, the Chamber seemed to be coming back into focus.

  • There are no more uses of "focus" identified with this meaning in the book.

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  • The bridge collapse brought aging infrastructure into focus as a political issue.
  • The discussion brought into focus an important difference of opinion.

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as in: The camera focuses automatically Define
to adjust a lens to make an image clear
  • Harry’s eyes narrowed as he focused on the spiders.
  • He focused on the Snitch clutched in his good hand.

  • There are no more uses of "focus" identified with this meaning in the book.

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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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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
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