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 focally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of focal in a Sentence

a focal figure in the movement

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The two giants are similarly focal and similarly efficient. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 Young is already the focal leader of the defense, but his role in Smith development is much more hands-on. Stephen Means, cleveland.com, "Chase Young has taken on the big brother role with Tyreke Smith who Ohio State football’s next elite pass rusher," 12 Sep. 2019 The revelation of Elizabeth’s abuse of Bonnie via flashbacks is detached from the other focal arcs of the season. Shamira Ibrahim, The Atlantic, "Will Big Little Lies Finally Show Up for Bonnie?," 21 July 2019 They have been been focal areas for investment and activities to promote biodiversity conservation for nearly 20 years. Robin Chazdon, Quartz Africa, "Scientists are mapping out how to restore tropical rainforests around the world," 7 July 2019 As leaders of both parties make clear in their calls for candidates, school facilities and academic achievement have been focal issues in town. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Manchester major party leaders taking different approaches to find candidates for fall ballot," 18 June 2019 Some modern lenses can provide a range of focal distances, for example, although there are normally trade-offs, such as halos around bright lights or a slight sacrifice of sharpness. Daniel Akst, WSJ, "What Doctors Don’t Tell You About Cataract Surgery," 16 Nov. 2018 The optical tweezers can be used to do work on the bead with a cycle initiated externally by changing the laser power or focal conditions. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Pulsed engines provide high efficiency, output power, low fluctuations," 25 Sep. 2018 Queens prosecutors say the boy suffered from focal epilepsy and had seizures. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Queens Mother Charged With Manslaughter in 5-Year-Old’s Fatal Overdose in 2017," 26 July 2018

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First Known Use of focal

1676, in the meaning defined above

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focal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of focal

: having central or great importance

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 focally (audio) \ adverb

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