noun, plural fo·cus·es, fo·ci [foh-sahy, -kahy] /ˈfoʊ saɪ, -kaɪ/.
- the focal point of a lens, on which rays converge or from which they deviate.
- the focal length of a lens; the distance from a focal point to a corresponding principal plane.
- the clear and sharply defined condition of an image.
- the position of a viewed object or the adjustment of an optical device necessary to produce a clear image: in focus; out of focus.
verb (used with object), fo·cused, fo·cus·ing or (especially British) fo·cussed, fo·cus·sing.
verb (used without object), fo·cused, fo·cus·ing or (especially British) fo·cussed, fo·cus·sing.
Origin of focus
Synonyms for focus
Related Words for focusedfixate, direct, concentrate, put, meet, attract, centralize, join, center, fix, adjust, sweat, convene, fasten, sharpen, converge, spotlight, pinpoint, concenter, rivet
Examples from the Web for focused
Contemporary Examples of focused
In their past calls for attacks on Western targets, AQAP has focused on putting bombs on planes, not revenge attacks.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre
Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef
January 8, 2015
In an effort to gain early attention, he focused his attention on the Iowa precinct caucuses, which had never mattered much.The World’s Toughest Political Quiz
December 31, 2014
“Being women of the 60s—that was not focused on,” observes Ejogo.The Revolutionary Women of ‘Selma’
December 26, 2014
“Most people are focused on the holidays anyway,” she continued, before adding something about people liking Cuban sandwiches.How Will Cuba Play In Peoria?
December 21, 2014
But, as far as I can discern, they do focused, pragmatic work.COEXIST’s Bonehead Bumper-Sticker Politics
December 21, 2014
Historical Examples of focused
The doctor's name struck a chord and Crawford dug deep until it focused.The Second Voice
Prior to this time the thought of the people had not been focused on country life at all.Rural Life and the Rural School
Drake hitched his chair nearer and focused all his powers of concentration.
Every ounce of resentment in his nature had been focused to the burning-point.
With an effort he focused his mind back on that awful day and began.The Harbor of Doubt
noun plural -cuses or -ci (-saɪ, -kaɪ, -kiː)
verb -cuses, -cusing, -cused, -cusses, -cussing or -cussed
Word Origin for focus
1640s, from Latin focus "hearth, fireplace" (also, figuratively, "home, family"), of unknown origin, used in post-classical times for "fire" itself, taken by Kepler (1604) in a mathematical sense for "point of convergence," perhaps on analogy of the burning point of a lens (the purely optical sense of the word may have existed before Kepler, but it is not recorded). Introduced into English 1650s by Hobbes. Sense transfer to "center of activity or energy" is first recorded 1796.
1775 in the literal sense; 1807 in the figurative sense, from focus (n.). Related: Focused; focusing; less commonly focussed; focussing.