focal

adjective
fo·​cal | \ ˈfō-kəl How to pronounce focal (audio) \

Definition of focal

: of, relating to, being, or having a focus

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Other Words from focal

focally \ ˈfō-​kə-​lē How to pronounce focal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of focal in a Sentence

a focal figure in the movement
Recent Examples on the Web Many of these great cities— Babylon, Nimrud (south of Mosul), and Alexandria—were the focal points of great civilizations but, sadly, have been in the news for the wrong reasons. Mike O'sullivan, Forbes, 1 May 2022 Crystal chandeliers chosen by Mary Hallmark remain in the house today, and are focal points in many rooms on the ShowHouse tour. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 30 Apr. 2022 Meanwhile, Rosen’s air plant lanterns and dramatic pendants can create focal points, too, especially since the lighting inside casts shadows that create patterns on the ground. Deanna Kizis, Sunset Magazine, 25 Apr. 2022 PetSmart was/is notorious for asking consumers during checkout to donate $1 to X (i.e., some focal cause/charity). David Hessekiel, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Facing a fractured field on the left, analysts predicted Macron was trying to lure some right-leaning voters away from Le Pen by taking action on some of the far right's focal issues. Rim-sarah Alouane, CNN, 20 Apr. 2022 The internal and external screens are 120Hz, the crease is very small, the external screen is large enough, and the camera covers more focal segments. Chris Smith, BGR, 7 Apr. 2022 Significant focal points of the museum feature women's history, the history of slavery and the Reconstruction, Black history and Native American history. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 30 Mar. 2022 So, when utilizing black and dark colors as focal points, be sure to look at the space holistically. Avery Newmark, ajc, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of focal

1676, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

10 May 2022

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“Focal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/focal. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for focal

focal

adjective
fo·​cal | \ ˈfō-kəl How to pronounce focal (audio) \

Kids Definition of focal

1 : of, relating to, or having a focus
2 : having central or great importance She is a focal character in the story.

focal

adjective
fo·​cal | \ ˈfō-kəl How to pronounce focal (audio) \

Medical Definition of focal

: of, relating to, being, or having a focus

Other Words from focal

focally \ -​kə-​lē How to pronounce focal (audio) \ adverb

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