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focus
used in The Fountainhead

2 meanings, 10 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)
  • Because Francon said nothing, but only looked straight at him, because Francon's eyes were focused and his hands limp, Keating knew that he had taken a terrible chance and won; he became frightened by the chance after he knew he had won.
    1.3 — Part 1 Chapter 3 (41% in)
focused = looking
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2  —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.)
  • Whenever he smiled no obvious movement was required of his facial muscles; the hint of mockery was always there and it merely came into sharper focus for a moment, to recede imperceptibly again.
    3.3 — Part 3 Chapter 3 (38% in)

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?  —8 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • The focus was sharper now.
    3.3 — Part 3 Chapter 3 (38% in)
  • Unfocused and undisciplined.
    1.8 — Part 1 Chapter 8 (85% in)
  • Heller's awareness became focused on that hand.
    1.10 — Part 1 Chapter 10 (98% in)
  • Keating noticed that Toohey's eyes stood centered in the middle of the lenses and the lenses stood focused straight on his pupils, and Keating knew suddenly that Toohey knew he had not designed the plan of the Cosmo-Slotnick Building.
    2.3 — Part 2 Chapter 3 (71% in)
  • Peter Keating squinted his eyes, his glance unfocused as for a great distance, but put the book down.
    2.4 — Part 2 Chapter 4 (1% in)
  • She stood holding the calendar forward between the tips of her fingers, as if she were a photograph with the focus on the calendar and her own figure blurred in its background.
    3.2 — Part 3 Chapter 2 (44% in)
  • It just so happened that I chose the field that interests you—the field of art—because I thought that it focused the decisive factors in the task we had to accomplish.
    4.7 — Part 4 Chapter 7 (55% in)
  • # "It happens, upon rare occasions, that world forces too great to comprehend become focused in a single event, like rays gathered by a lens to one point of superlative brightness, for all of us to see.
    4.13 — Part 4 Chapter 13 (27% in)

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