from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See focus.

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  • n. A focus; a point at which rays of light or other radiation converge.
  • n. The centre of any activity.
  • n. A feature that attracts particular attention.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a point of convergence of light (or other radiation) or a point from which it diverges
  • n. the concentration of attention or energy on something
  • n. a central point or locus of an infection in an organism


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  • As the most powerful weapon of attack on land, the Panzertruppe was always to be used at the focal point of a battle.

    Panzer Aces

  • They proceeded to the great altar at the focal point of the T-shaped hall, where they beheld the gold-and-glass coffin.

    Seven Deadly Wonders

  • The Escola Politécnica was a focal point of positiv - ism.


  • Because it pushed technology so fast and so hard in so many areas notably high-speed aerodynamics, high-temperature structural materials, and reentry protection concepts, Dyna-Soar, even more than the other X-series programs before it, served as a critical focal point for a wide range of future-oriented aerospace R&D.

    First Man

  • Soon, this circumstance made the converted former packet boat the focal point of the first air-sea battle in history.

    Castles of Steel

  • The focal point for most of this trade lay in what the Royal Navy called the Western Approaches: the wide expanse of waters between Lands End, the Irish coast, and the Bay of Biscay.

    Castles of Steel

  • The focal point of the circle: Mullah Mustapha Zaeed, the Black Priest of Kabul.

    Seven Deadly Wonders

  • Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel in Saudi Arabia, will be the focal point of the iconic Abraj Al Bait Complex, which includes seven towers and is adjacent to the Masjid al Haram, the holiest site in Islam.

  • He wanted Alexander to survive the ritual not because he wanted the boy to live and rule, but because he also wanted asavior, a figurehead, a focal point for his new ruling religion.

    Seven Deadly Wonders

  • The focal point was a beautiful Vent-A-Hood range; it was so popular back then because it would draw out the heat and smoke and beautifully ventilate the kitchen—when it worked right.

    It Ain’t All About the Cookin’


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