focal point


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This port was the focal point of trade two centuries ago.

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Each element of the look worked, but the shimmering top was clearly the focal point and managed to bring just the right dose of disco glamour into the daytime. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Miley Cyrus Brings Disco Glamour into the Light of Day," 10 Dec. 2018 That was really the focal point: immersion, immersion, immersion. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Open mind, wide open throttle: We go to our first NASCAR race," 15 Nov. 2018 Sears has said in court papers that roughly 400 profitable stores will be the focal point of the sale process, but other assets could be a part of the sale. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "Sears, Lenders Nearing Larger Bankruptcy Financing Deal Without Lampert," 5 Nov. 2018 The new parents posed for the August issue of GQ and as is Kardashian tradition, Kylie Jenner's buttcheeks were the focal point of the spread. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner Flaunts Her Bare Butt in First Magazine Cover With Travis Scott," 17 July 2018 Ellis and Lee wanted a central space where the kitchen and open dining areas were a focal point, but there was also an emphasis on keeping clutter to a minimum. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "Embracing nature—and minimalism—in North Carolina," 26 Nov. 2018 North Carolina ranks among the handful of Southern states with the most Confederate monuments , and has been a focal point in the national debate over them following a deadly white nationalist protest a year ago in Charlottesville, Virginia . Fox News, "Top UNC leaders condemn Confederate statue toppling," 21 Aug. 2018 For homeowners, these open-air structures are focal points in the landscape, a place to entertain, enjoy outdoor dining or just to take in warm nights. Karen Bruno, WSJ, "Wealthy Homeowners Find a Luxurious Way to Shelter Outdoors," 1 Aug. 2018 By adding an additional lens, Saghafi was able to create an ultramicroscope with a focal point that can change. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "These Glowing Fruit Fly Heads Can Help Us Understand the Human Brain," 26 Nov. 2018

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1692, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: a center of activity, interest, or attention

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