1. [ noun ] the concentration of attention or energy on something
Synonyms: focusing centering direction focussing

"the focus of activity shifted to molecular biology" "he had no direction in his life"

Related terms: concentration particularism focus_on concentrate concenter
2. [ verb ] focus one's attention on something
Synonyms: center concentrate rivet pore centre

"Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"

Related terms: think listen think steep recall zoom_in rivet center concentration
3. [ verb ] cause to converge on or toward a central point

"Focus the light on this image"

Related terms: blur sharpen refocus
4. [ noun ] maximum clarity or distinctness of an image rendered by an optical system

: "in focus" "out of focus"

Related terms: distinctness
5. [ noun ] maximum clarity or distinctness of an idea

"the controversy brought clearly into focus an important difference of opinion"

Related terms: clarity concenter
6. [ verb ] bring into focus or alignment; to converge or cause to converge; of ideas or emotions
Synonyms: focalise focalize concentre concenter
Related terms: align refocus focalization
7. [ noun ] a central point or locus of an infection in an organism
Synonyms: focal_point nidus

"the focus of infection"

Related terms: point focal_infection
8. [ verb ] become focussed or come into focus
Synonyms: focalize focalise

"The light focused"

Related terms: blur adjust focalization
9. [ verb ] put into focus; as of an image on a screen
Synonyms: sharpen focalize focalise

"Please focus the image we cannot enjoy the movie"

Related terms: blur adjust pin_down refocus focus_on focalization
10. [ noun ] a point of convergence of light (or other radiation) or a point from which it diverges
Synonyms: focal_point
Related terms: point
11. [ noun ] special emphasis attached to something
Synonyms: stress

"the stress was more on accuracy than on speed"

Related terms: emphasis stress
12. [ noun ] (mathematics) a fixed reference point on the concave side of a conic section
Related terms: point
Similar spelling:   Fowkes