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focus

noun (n)

  • the concentration of attention or energy on something (noun.cognition)
    Example:
    The focus of activity shifted to molecular biology.
    source: wordnet30
  • maximum clarity or distinctness of an image rendered by an optical system (noun.attribute)
    Example:
    In focus.
    Out of focus.
    source: wordnet30
  • maximum clarity or distinctness of an idea (noun.attribute)
    Example:
    The controversy brought clearly into focus an important difference of opinion.
    source: wordnet30
  • a central point or locus of an infection in an organism (noun.state)
    Synonym: focal point, nidus
    Example:
    The focus of infection.
    source: wordnet30
  • special emphasis attached to something (noun.state)
    Synonym: stress
    source: wordnet30
  • a point of convergence of light (or other radiation) or a point from which it diverges (noun.phenomenon)
    Synonym: focal point
    source: wordnet30
  • a fixed reference point on the concave side of a conic section (noun.location)
    source: wordnet30
  • A point in which the rays of light meet, after being reflected or refracted, and at which the image is formed; as, the focus of a lens or mirror. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • direct one's attention on something (verb.cognition)
    Example:
    Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies.
    source: wordnet30
  • cause to converge on or toward a central point (verb.perception)
    Antonym: blur
    Example:
    Focus the light on this image.
    source: wordnet30
  • bring into focus or alignment; to converge or cause to converge; of ideas or emotions (verb.cognition)
    source: wordnet30
  • become focussed or come into focus (verb.change)
    Synonym: focalise, focalize
    Antonym: blur, dim, slur
    Example:
    The light focused.
    source: wordnet30
  • put (an image) into focus (verb.change)
    Synonym: focalise, focalize, sharpen
    Antonym: blear, blur
    Example:
    Please focus the image; we cannot enjoy the movie.
    source: wordnet30
  • To bring to a focus; to focalize; as, to focus a camera. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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