focal point


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Examples of focal point in a Sentence

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

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Tottenham forward Son Heung-min will be the focal point of Korea’s attack but defending remains an issue: Korea has allowed two or more goals four times in its last six games. Kevin Baxter,, "World Cup: Monday's matchups," 17 June 2018 The focus on genealogy by Mormons is rooted in their belief that families should be the focal point of lives, and that family relationships continue into eternity. Washington Post, "Mormon genealogical database to accept same-sex couples," 15 June 2018 The age range goes from 4-year-olds to an 85-year-old, although young people are the focal point of the event. Bill Van Smith, miamiherald, "This South Florida track event continues honoring legacy of its legendary founder," 7 June 2018 Because Cheng wanted Shahidi's eyes to be the focal point of her makeup, Cheng kept the actress's brows light and fluffy, cheeks rosy, and lips a natural hue. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Yara Shahidi's Makeup Artist Reveals Her Body-Highlighting Secrets for the Met Gala 2018," 7 May 2018 The West Coast’s wild salmon, which include numerous runs listed under the federal Endangered Species Act, are the focal point of a decades-long rebuilding effort. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Fish council OKs sharp cut in sport chinook harvest off Washington," 11 Apr. 2018 The 602,000-square-foot apartment building, which will stand 396 feet, is the focal point of the what Playhouse Square officials say is the largest residential project in downtown Cleveland in 40 years. Olivera Perkins,, "Ground broken for The Lumen at Playhouse Square, billed as largest downtown residential project in 40 years," 5 Apr. 2018 Maybe, but Curry’s ankle is now the focal point of the NBA. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors’ fate tied to Stephen Curry’s ankle," 9 Mar. 2018 GKV Architects and Martin Brudnizki Design Studio transformed the sleepy office building into a golden-hued, 287-room hotel, connected by inner balconies that make the atrium the focal point. Bon Appetit, "The Beekman Hotel," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of focal point

1692, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: a center of activity, interest, or attention

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to reject or criticize sharply

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