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
Examples from the Web for refocus
Contemporary Examples of refocus
I walked without a coat, wanting to take a break and refocus my mind.The Resilient City: New York After 9/11
September 11, 2014
She may have the dragons and the slave army, and her milkshake may bring all the boys to the yard, but Dany needs to refocus.Game of Thrones’ ‘The Mountain and the Viper’ Recap: Trial by Combat and Inigo Montoya’s Revenge
June 2, 2014
“What Francis has done has helped us [Catholics] refocus,” he says.Does Pope Francis Have a Woman Problem?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 20, 2013
Rather than celebrate this deal, global powers should refocus their attention to human rights in Iran.How America’s Nuclear Deal Sold Out Iran’s Liberals
David Keyes & Ahmad Batebi
December 3, 2013
Oftentimes, people need to refocus and dedicate more time to real-life interactions.‘Disconnect’: A New Film About Cyberbullying, Identity Theft, and Porn
April 12, 2013
Historical Examples of refocus
Then suddenly, as she struggled to refocus her wandering wits on the cholla, it appeared within touch of her hand.The Heart of the Desert
Honor Willsie Morrow
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.