focal

adjective
fo·cal | \ˈfō-kəl \

Definition of focal 

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

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Other Words from focal

focally \ˈfō-kə-lē \ adverb

Examples of focal in a Sentence

a focal figure in the movement

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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 Some medications can help distract the brain, and those are usually tried first, especially for focal dystonia. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "The radio man without a voice," 15 June 2018 He was diagnosed with focal hand dystonia, and was devastated to hear there was no immediate cure. Fox News, "Musician serenades surgeons during brain operation," 31 May 2018 With side-by-side stages and five-minute gaps between performers, the focal area of the festival grounds (at the Harvard Athletic Complex for the second year) was designed to keep attendees in one place. Marc Hirsh, BostonGlobe.com, "At Boston Calling, a missed opportunity to mix it up," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of focal

1676, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for focal

focal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of focal

: having central or great importance

focal

adjective
fo·cal | \ˈfō-kəl \

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 \

Medical Definition of focal 

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

Other Words from focal

focally \-kə-lē \ adverb

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