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Harry Potter (#4) and the Goblet of Fire
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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.)
  • Instantly, Mr. Roberts’s eyes slid out of focus, his brows unknitted, and a took of dreamy unconcern fell over his face.
  • Shadowy figures were moving around inside it, none of them clearly in focus.

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  • He raised his free hand and seized Dumbledore’s wrist, while Dumbledore’s face swam in and out of focus.
  • All three of them were so tired they could happily have put their heads down on the desks and slept; even Hermione wasn’t taking her usual notes, but was sitting with her head on her hand, gazing at Professor Binns with her eyes out of focus.

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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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unspecified meaning
  • Harry, focusing still more closely upon Krum’s face, saw his dark eyes darting all over the ground a hundred feet below.
  • Harry quickly focused his own.

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  • Harry turned his Omnioculars back to normal and focused them on Krum.
  • He put them on and his bedroom came into clearer focus, lit by a faint, misty orange light that was filtering through the curtains from the street lamp outside the window.
  • Harry, whose attention had been focused completely upon Madame Maxime, now noticed that about a dozen boys and girls, all, by the look of them, in their late teens, had emerged from the carriage and were now standing behind Madame Maxime.
  • It was time to do what he had to do…. to focus his mind, entirely and absolutely, upon the thing that was his only chance.
  • Now everyone’s attention was focused again on the goblet, which, seconds later, turned red once more.
  • Moody’s office came into sharper focus, and so did Moody himself.
  • Her enormous pupils focused on Harry.
  • Harry had been focusing so hard on learning the Summoning Charm that evening that some of his blind panic had heft him.

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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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