focal point

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n focal point the concentration of attention or energy on something "the focus of activity shifted to molecular biology","he had no direction in his life"
    • n focal point a point of convergence of light (or other radiation) or a point from which it diverges
    • n focal point a central point or locus of an infection in an organism "the focus of infection"
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Quotations

  • Victor Hugo
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    “Mankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other.”

Usage

In literature:

It is naturally the focal point of the trade between Europe and Asia.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
Ismailia was the focal point of the great ceremonials at the opening of the canal.
"Asiatic Breezes" by Oliver Optic
His response brought him near the phaeton, which seemed a focal point for a general movement.
"A Tar-Heel Baron" by Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
All this theological wrangling may be focalized at one point, almost on a single word.
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck
The point at which the skull is opened is determined by the seat of the injury and the focal brain symptoms.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
If one follows a band of basket-laden women, he will find that their goal is that focal-point of every old-time city, the market-place.
"A History of Science, Volume 5(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
At present, I'm acting as a focal point of Oneness.
"Oneness" by James H. Schmitz
If the idea of meeting together had some other focal point than eating, I think there would be more social feeling.
"Household Papers and Stories" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Rather the focal points of his brain had become seared by a mounting flame within himself.
"The Strength of the Pines" by Edison Marshall
His wandering years having given him an idea of the value of this focal point, he put his savings into land.
"The High Heart" by Basil King
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In news:

Midnight's Children enchants, but lacks focal point.
A-Rod a focal point of this postseason.
More pessimism for on-time season as salaries become focal point.
Why are dogs the focal point of the presidential contest.
Easter is ' focal point.
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Robert S Ford, the American ambassador to Syria, made an unannounced visit on Thursday to Hama, a central Syrian city that has become a focal point for the four-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.
An eclectic, hip community focal point.
The text is written so that you can easily use it to put on a customer seminar on focal points.
Building on the Focal Points.
Pretty pots of color become temporary focal points in our gardens throughout the year and especially in winter.
The primary focal point of a car's exterior is its grille.
Now that the kitchen is one of the most popular places to gather, range hoods are evolving and competing to be a focal point.
Raising starting teacher salaries by about $5K has emerged as one focal point of Dean's proposed $1.71B budget More.
They are the first to emerge from a relatively new, specifically anti-Islamic ideology that moves beyond religious or racial prejudices to incorporate anti-Islamic sentiment as the focal point of a larger worldview.
Prize Endorsement Palin's presence, or nonpresence, became the focal point of many midterm-election campaign rallies.
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In science:

LQG is the focal point of only an order of 102 reserachers worldwide. 52Notice that it is meaningless the semiclassical limit of a constraint operator with physical coherent states which by definition are in its (generalised) kernel.
Loop Quantum Gravity: An Inside View
Such y are called the focal points (caustics) for the Hamiltonian system (3.1).
A new approach to hyperbolic inverse problems II (Global step)
From the vantage point of a language community, again there seems to be little dependence on initial conditions: for example language communities develop, presumably on occasion independently words to describe the focal colours, Berlin and Kay (1969) .
Does Meaning Evolve?
Hence, only principal focal points can be addressed in this brief exposition.
Cosmic Ray Origin, Acceleration and Propagation
The sonic point is a nondegenerate node or saddle for D > 0, a degenerate node for D = 0, and a focal point for D < 0.
Stability criterion for self-similar solutions with perfect fluids in general relativity
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