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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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 Wendt suggests starting with the focal flowers to create the shape and body of the arrangement. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "5 Brilliant Flower Arranging Tips And Ideas," 24 Aug. 2016 The only black focal piece on the first floor is the barn door that opens to the study off the foyer. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "This modern Louisville-area farmhouse was designed with family in mind," 12 July 2018 Under the Forest Service’s latest proposal, focal areas would be eliminated. Washington Post, "Forest Service proposes changes to sage grouse protections," 20 June 2018 The product offers a subtle solution to the millions of people who suffer from primary focal axillary hyperhidrosis, or excessive underarm sweating, which is currently often treated with Botox and other more invasive options. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "The FDA Approved a Topical Treatment for Excessive Underarm Sweating," 30 June 2018 Find this harmonious threesome throughout the arrangement but also in the focal flowers— ‘Lady of Shalott’ and ‘Wollerton Old Hall’ roses. Mike Irvine, Sunset, "4 Ways to Design Colorful Floral Arrangements," 22 Jan. 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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