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focus
used in Lord of the Flies

2 meanings, 3 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)
  • Attention focused on Jack.
    p. 114.2
focused = concentrated
There are no more uses of "focus" flagged with this meaning in Lord of the Flies.

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2  —2 uses
technical usage
Definition
technical usage typically involves some sense of center or concentration such as:
  • physics — a point where things come together 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.
  • For the first time on the island, Piggy himself removed his one glass, knelt down and focused the sun on tinder.
    p. 130.6
focused = concentrated sunlight rays by pointing them at the same spot (in this case, to start a fire)

(editor's note:  Tinder is dry wood or some other burnable material used to start a fire.)
  • Piggy stood behind him, islanded in a sea of meaningless color, while Ralph knelt and focused the glossy spot. Instantly the fire was alight, Piggy held out his hands and grabbed the glasses back.
    p. 73.5
focused = concentrated sunlight rays by pointing them at the same spot
There are no more uses of "focus" flagged with this meaning in Lord of the Flies.

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