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focal length

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

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

focal length

focal distance

noun
  1. 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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focal length in Medicine

focal length

n.
  1. The distance from the surface of a lens or mirror to its focal point.focal distance focus
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focal length in Science

focal length

[fōkəl]
  1. The distance between the optical center of a lens or mirror to its focal point.
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focal length in Culture

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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