Definitions of focus

  1. the concentration of attention or energy on something; " the focus of activity shifted to molecular biology"; " he had no direction in his life"
  2. bring into focus or alignment; to converge or cause to converge; of ideas or emotions
  3. a point of convergence of light ( or other radiation) or a point from which it diverges
  4. put into focus; as of an image on a screen; " Please focus the image; we cannot enjoy the movie"
  5. become focussed or come into focus; " The light focused"
  6. cause to converge on or toward a central point; " Focus the light on this image"
  7. maximum clarity or distinctness of an image rendered by an optical system; " in focus"; " out of focus"
  8. maximum clarity or distinctness of an idea; " the controversy brought clearly into focus an important difference of opinion"
  9. a fixed reference point on the concave side of a conic section
  10. a central point or locus of an infection in an organism; " the focus of infection"
  11. special emphasis attached to something; " the stress was more on accuracy than on speed"
  12. put ( an image) into focus; " Please focus the image; we cannot enjoy the movie"
  13. direct one's attention on something; " Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"
  14. A point in which the rays of light meet, after being reflected or refrcted, and at which the image is formed; as, the focus of a lens or mirror.
  15. A point so related to a conic section and certain straight line called the directrix that the ratio of the distace between any point of the curve and the focus to the distance of the same point from the directrix is constant.
  16. A central point; a point of concentration.
  17. To bring to a focus; to focalize; as, to focus a camera.
  18. The point where a system of rays of light or heat meet after being reflected or refracted; any central point.
  19. To bring to a focus or center. Also, focalize.
  20. Focused.
  21. Focusing.
  22. 1. The point at which the light rays meet after passing through a convex lens, such as the crystalline lens of the eye. 2. The center, or the starting- point, of a disease process.
  23. Common centre of rays which have been refracted or reflected. Central seat of a disease.
  24. ( optics) A point in which the rays of light meet after reflection or refraction, and cause great heat; any central point; - pl. FOCUSES and FOCI.
  25. To bring to a focus; pp. focussed.
  26. Point where rays meet; central point.
  27. To bring to a focus.
  28. To adjust or bring to a focus; concentrate.
  29. A point of meeting of rays of light; any point of concentration.
  30. Geom. One of two points, as in an ellipse, the sum or difference of whose distances to any point of the curve is always the same.
  31. A point in which any number of rays of light meet, after being reflected or refracted; a point in the parabola, ellipse, or hyperbola, where rays reflected from all their parts meet; a central point or point of convergence.
  32. The point in which rays of light or heat meet; any central point.

Antonyms for focus

radiate, blur, background, divert, dim, backdrop, throw off, call off, detract, blear, slur, distract.

Quotes of focus

  1. Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus – Alexander Graham Bell
  2. It will be a hard game if you think about winning a championship. We need to think about our own game at the moment and focus on getting good results especially over the Christmas period. – Dennis Bergkamp
  3. It is time for us to focus on the issues that bring us together as a nation. Supporting parents' capacity to raise their children with the love and resources they need is simply the right thing to do. – Joan Blades
  4. The added work load of a degree has made me focus a lot more when I am in work. – Benjamin Cohen
  5. So I think instead of focusing on the competition, focus on the customer. – Scott Cook
  6. There's a focus that hasn't been there for ages and ages and some American bands are sounding quite English like they did in the late 70s and early 80s. – Graham Coxon
  7. I think up until that time a lot of focus on Internet coverage was either sort of the bits and bytes aspect of it, sort of the high -tech aspect of it, and the sociological aspect of it, which is how it was transforming culture. – James Daly
  8. To let the people know there was life beyond Shirley Dean, we decided to focus on voter registration; each day I set up my card table somewhere in the district, signed people up, and passed out noses. – Wavy Gravy
  9. I believe that as much as you take, you have to give back. It's important not to focus on yourself too much. – Nicole Kidman
  10. It should be clear by now that my focus here is not freedom of speech or the press. This freedom is all too often an exaggeration. At the very least, blind references to freedom of speech or the press serve as a distraction from the critical examination of other communications policies. – Mark Lloyd
  11. There is nothing wrong with dedication and goals, but if you focus on yourself, all the lights fade away and you become a fleeting moment in life. – Pete Maravich
  12. Over the next two years UNICEF will focus on improving access to and the quality of education to provide children who have dropped out of school or who work during school hours the opportunity to gain a formal education! – Roger Moore
  13. I had to focus on some personal areas in my life with the little bit of privacy that I have. – Mario Vazquez
  14. My poems were just kind of all over the place. They had no focus no location, nothing. Kind of a series of images that could have been set anywhere. A lot of the poems were just exercises for myself. – James Welch
  15. Shoot a few scenes out of focus I want to win the foreign film award. – Billy Wilder

Usage examples for focus

  1. He tried to focus on the work before him, but his head swam. – A Canadian Bankclerk by J. P. Buschlen
  2. Everything- background and foreground alike- was sharply in focus – Anything You Can Do by Gordon Randall Garrett
  3. " The picture being unfinished, gentlemen," said he, " must, if you would do me justice, be seen from a- a focus must be judged from here, I mean." – Peg Woffington by Charles Reade
  4. For a moment his eyes seemed lost in concentration, then they quickly regained their focus – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  5. She altered her focus – Man to Man by Jackson Gregory
  6. It'll only take me a few minutes, and I can be down the ramp before they can focus their beams on the airlock. – Rebels of the Red Planet by Charles Louis Fontenay
  7. A stranger- When he tried to focus on what was wrong he could find nothing that looked any different, yet the total effect was completely wrong. – The Man Who Staked the Stars by Charles Dye
  8. I can tell- She yielded reluctantly, and in a moment he had caught the focus – Lonesome Land by B. M. Bower
  9. I declare, mother, said Lenora, I should suppose you might contrive up something to bring matters to a focus – Homestead on the Hillside by Mary Jane Holmes
  10. Each little station was the focus of a world of its own. – Jungle Peace by William Beebe
  11. I'm not Jay- but I'm not Jason, either-" I could remember my entire life, but the focus had shifted. – The Planet Savers by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  12. But it didn't occur to him that it was the director who was in focus not the man. – The Real Adventure by Henry Kitchell Webster
  13. At first he could distinguish nothing earthly; then the tents came sharply into focus and after them the ring of impenetrable trees. – Stingaree by E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  14. 20. What do we mean by bringing the rays of light to a focus – A Handbook of Health by Woods Hutchinson
  15. Montani had half risen, the better to focus an opera- glass on the box. – Lady Larkspur by Meredith Nicholson
  16. The dancer had throughout been the focus of interest for me. – Jungle Peace by William Beebe
  17. Arangbar sipped from his wineglass and shifted slightly, his eyes again barely in focus – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  18. I was still equally conscious that if I gave way to fear I should be in bodily peril; and I concentrated all my faculties in the single focus of resisting, stubborn will. – The Boy Scouts Book of Stories by Various
  19. Then I'll focus the camera on it, and the films and machinery will do the rest. – Tom Swift and his Wizard Camera or, Thrilling Adventures while taking Moving Pictures by Victor Appleton
  20. The dramatist might take advantage of the dramatic value of a given situation like the sacrifice of Isaac, or he might make a series of plays lead up to the great events of the redemption, but he was blind to any opportunity to abstract from the narrative the events that dealt with an emotional crisis and to focus them upon that as the centre of a dramatic structure. – Tragedy by Ashley H. Thorndike

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