• WordNet 3.6
    • v focalize put (an image) into focus; we cannot enjoy the movie" "Please focus the image"
    • v focalize become focussed or come into focus "The light focused"
    • v focalize bring into focus or alignment; to converge or cause to converge; of ideas or emotions
    • v focalize concentrate on a particular place or spot "The infection has localized in the left eye"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Focalize To bring to a focus; to focus; to concentrate. "Light is focalized in the eye, sound in the ear."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • focalize To bring to a focus; focus.
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  • Victor Hugo
    “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.”


In literature:

Running figures were converging toward him at a focal point.
"Ridgway of Montana" by William MacLeod Raine
At still another focal point the interests of the United States ran counter to the covetous desires of European powers.
"Jefferson and his Colleagues" by Allen Johnson
We are at the focal-point of the present battle in Foureaux Wood (near Guillemont).
"Now It Can Be Told" by Philip Gibbs
In other words, it need no longer be in the focal point, but can be relegated to the fringe.
"How to Teach" by George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
Patriotism has perhaps gained intensity in proportion as it has become focalized.
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
The infertile areas were the great routes which passed through the focal points and connected the terminal areas.
"Some Principles of Maritime Strategy" by Julian Stafford Corbett
The conductor's intentions were still at the focal point of her mind.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
When the attention was focalized in this way, the subject lost sight of the space as a whole.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
The expressions 'focal object' and 'marginal object,' which we owe to Mr. Lloyd Morgan, require, I think, no further explanation.
"Talks To Teachers On Psychology; And To Students On Some Of Life's Ideals" by William James
Rain, therefore, is the focal point from which all their thoughts radiate.
"Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Carl Lumholtz

In poetry:

What bids the soul of man to gaze,
Upon a spot of earth,
As a sun of focal rays?
The spell of human worth!
"Hallowed Ground" by James Avis Bartley
That legend naught could dim or mar;
Though bathed in tears and hid in smoke,
Forth from the focal storm it broke,
A bow above the cloud of war.
"Our Legend" by Maurice Thompson
Thus pray'd the prince; the focal flames aspire,
The mute beholders tremble and retire,
Gaze on the miracle, full credence own,
And vow obedience to the sacred Sun.
"The Columbiad: Book III" by Joel Barlow
And so I simply let them lie,
And sped from that accursed spot.
No lover of the police am I,
And sooner would be drunk than not.
"I'll scram," said I, "and leave the locals
To find and trace them dam bi-focals."
"My Suicide" by Robert W Service

In news:

After packaging for a number of American publishers, among them Focal Press, St Martin's, Abrams, and Chronicle, U.K.-based Ilex Press is entering the US with its own line of books that is being distributed by Ingram Publisher Services.
Use a focal point and large furniture.
Take a large room and create interesting focal points.
The petting zoo at the Cleveland County Fair was the focal point of the E. Coli outbreak that killed one person and sickened 105 others last month, local and state health officials announced Friday.
Forty years have passed since President Kennedy 's assassination on Nov 22, 1963, but the event continues to be a keen focal point of 20th century history.
The issue of private use of public property has often been a focal point of contention regarding Cape Wind's project in Nantucket Sound.
Public utility would offer a focal point.
The utility would create a much-needed focal point for efforts to bring cheaper natural gas to the Fairbanks area.
The focal point of the offense continues to be the quarterback position.
View full size Jerry McCrea/The Star-Ledger Running back Brian Matthews is the focal point of Roselle Park's strong offensive attack.
The running back will get a chance to shine as one of the focal points of Oregon's spread option this season.
Emphasis is the focal point of the painting.
The focal point should be obvious as you look at the painting.
Once viewed as simply a necessity used for functional purposes — to house garden tools — many garden and potting sheds now serve as an extension to the garden or as the focal point of the garden itself.
With the top two picks all but made, the Vikings now become the focal point at No.

In science:

Since the Hinode Focal Plane Package (FPP) is a complex system, it is out of the scope of this Letter to model in detail all relevant contributions from optical, optomechanical, and electronic parts of the system.
The intensity contrast of solar granulation: comparing Hinode SP results with MHD simulations
The baffle which thermally isolates the 5K part is removed to display the imaging assembly with the filter wheel at each focal plane.
The Molecular Hydrogen Explorer H2EX
In this paper we describe a focal plane array (FPA) prototype, based on Vivaldi elements, developed for the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT) to increase its instantaneous field of view by a factor 25 and double its current bandwidth.
APERTIF, a focal plane array for the WSRT
Keywords: focal plane array, wide area surveys PACS: 95.55.
APERTIF, a focal plane array for the WSRT
An alternative method to form multiple beams on the sky is to employ phased array technology in the focal plane of a radio telescope.
APERTIF, a focal plane array for the WSRT