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focus
used in Fahrenheit 451

4 meanings, 4 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
Turn your focus to question #2.
Definition
verb: to concentrate, look at, or pay attention to

noun: the act of concentration, or the ability to concentrate

(to concentrate is to direct attention or effort towards a single thing)
  • The old woman's eyes came to a focus upon Beatty.
    p. 33.6
focus = look closely
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2  —1 use as in:
The focus of our study is...
Definition
where attention is concentrated or directed
  • And so when houses were finally fireproofed completely ... They were given the new job, as custodians of our peace of mind, the focus of our understandable and rightful dread of being inferior;
    p. 56.3
focus = center (where attention is concentrated)
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3  —1 use as in:
bring into focus; or out of focus
Definition
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 something that get's attention, or of an understanding that become clear.)
  • They didn't show the man's face in focus.
    p. 143.1
in focus = so it could be clearly seen
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4  —1 use as in:
The camera focuses automatically
Definition
to adjust a lens to make an image clear
  • Each time he made the turn, he saw only the white, unused, buckling sidewalk, with perhaps, on one night, something vanishing swiftly across a lawn before he could focus his eyes or speak.
    p. 3.4
focus = adjust (to see clearly)
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