Usage examples for focal

  1. Generally the focal point of the court chamber was a long table at which the County Court was seated, flanked by smaller tables where the court's clerks did their work. – The Fairfax County Courthouse by Ross D. Netherton Ruby Waldeck
  2. Both judge and connoisseur are focal points, through which stream the social forces affecting the values in question. – The Value of Money by Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  3. By keeping watch on Toulon that squadron covered not only the Straits, but also the focal points within the sea. – Some Principles of Maritime Strategy by Julian Stafford Corbett
  4. I have observed many times, by comparing verbalization with silence, that the former gives the subject's mind a focal point of attention which prevents him from entering a sleep state where hypnotherapy is impossible. – A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis by Melvin Powers
  5. In nature they are out of focus when one is looking at an object, but in a painting the background is necessarily on the same focal plane as the object. – The Practice and Science Of Drawing by Harold Speed
  6. Focal points were not then so numerous as they have become since the development of the Far Eastern trade. – Some Principles of Maritime Strategy by Julian Stafford Corbett
  7. For a mind not previously versed in the meaning and right use of the various kinds of words, to attempt the study of methods of philosophizing, would be as if some one should attempt to make himself an astronomical observer, having never learned to adjust the focal distance of his optical instruments so as to see distinctly. – A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive (Vol. 1 of 2) by John Stuart Mill
  8. Like it too, it is lightened by strange and splendid tints which seem to come from far off, from a focal fire invisible to human eyes. – Saint Augustin by Louis Bertrand
  9. They had joined the large group gathered at the head of the music- room, and were slowly working their way from the outer fringe to the focal point. – The Dominant Strain by Anna Chapin Ray
  10. It is somewhere beyond time and space that the mighty perspective of those focal rays comes to its point; and they are so wide and eternal in their sweep that we should find their end, could we but trace them, in a condition far different from that in which our finite views and ethics have place. – Christopher Columbus, Complete by Filson Young
  11. The way down was through a long, narrow and treeless canyon into which the sun poured with focal power. – Memoirs of Orange Jacobs by Orange Jacobs
  12. All I ask is a large, fair type, a strong daylight or gas- light, and one yard of focal distance, and my eyes are as good as ever. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  13. Sight at a point near the ship, say at a distance of a quarter of a mile; then slowly raise the glasses so that your view grows more and more distant and finally the focal point reaches the horizon. – The Boy Volunteers with the Submarine Fleet by Kenneth Ward
  14. St. Petersburg was near, and St. Petersburg, as the young commander found, held for him the focal point of the world, in the person of the pretty daughter of one of the court musicians. – The Dominant Strain by Anna Chapin Ray
  15. We may honour the conscientious scruples of such men; but, enabled, as we now are, to view their errors at a proper focal distance, we are warranted, by their example, in drawing the inference that the highest human authorities are no tests of truth, and that great energies of intellect often serve but to strengthen prejudices, and give mischievous force to aberrations of reason. – A Morning's Walk from London to Kew by Richard Phillips
  16. At the focal point of the telescope was fastened a small knot of wire from which one lead ran to the main piece of apparatus, which he sat on a flat rock. – Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930 by Various
  17. 3. The parental relation then, as now, was the focal point of the social system, and required powerful safe- guards. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  18. The clerk's office, which historically had been the focal point for the County's continuing administrative functions, ceased to be able to contain all the County's offices as early as the 1920's. – The Fairfax County Courthouse by Ross D. Netherton Ruby Waldeck
  19. If the enemy were equally anxious to engage, it was at one of the terminal or focal areas we were almost certain to get contact. – Some Principles of Maritime Strategy by Julian Stafford Corbett