focal length


noun Optics.

the distance from a focal point of a lens or mirror to the corresponding principal plane. Symbol: f
the distance between an object lens and its corresponding focal plane in a telescope.

Origin of focal length

First recorded in 1745–55
Also called focal distance.
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British Dictionary definitions for focal distance

focal length

focal distance

noun

the distance from the focal point of a lens or mirror to the reflecting surface of the mirror or the centre point of the lens

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Medicine definitions for focal distance (1 of 2)

focal distance

n.

focal length

Medicine definitions for focal distance (2 of 2)

focal length

n.

The distance from the surface of a lens or mirror to its focal point.focal distance focus

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Science definitions for focal distance

focal length

[ fōkəl ]

The distance between the optical center of a lens or mirror to its focal point.

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Culture definitions for focal distance

focal length

The distance between the focal point of a lens (that is, the point at which the lens will focus parallel rays of light) and the lens itself.


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