focal point

noun

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Examples of focal point in a Sentence

This port was the focal point of trade two centuries ago.
Recent Examples on the Web The downtown courthouse has become a national symbol of political conflict as well as a focal point since early July for protests calling for sweeping police reform. oregonlive, "Oregon State Police take over Portland protest duty: ‘We are hoping for the best but planning for the worst'," 30 July 2020 The living room’s focal point is an inset fireplace that makes the most of the architectural details throughout the home, like the elaborate mantle and the pristine moulding. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "Peek inside this English Cotswold manor in Highland Park with an updated Hollywood vibe," 30 July 2020 That victory aside, the erosion of the Voting Rights Act that Lewis fought to enact in the 1960s is presented as a call to action and a focal point of the work yet to be done. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'John Lewis: Good Trouble' highlights the civil rights icon's remarkable life," 3 July 2020 Later in the podcast, Berenson returned to the issue of reopening schools, which became a focal point for the Trump administration this week. Fox News, "Alex Berenson explains why US schools 'should be open' with 'no restrictions' despite pandemic," 12 July 2020 Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott remains a focal point for national media and, apparently, anonymous AFC executives. Demetrio Teniente, Dallas News, "AFC exec says Cowboys’ Dak Prescott is ‘not top 5’ among NFL QBs and is ‘marginal top 10’," 9 July 2020 This bright print can be used as a focal point in a neutral room, as a pop of color in an entryway, or to complement another bright accessory. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "These bedroom upgrades will make you feel like you’re in a luxury hotel," 6 July 2020 Trump could turn into a focal point in the Senate race. Bruce Schreiner, Anchorage Daily News, "McGrath wins Kentucky Dem primary; McConnell showdown awaits," 30 June 2020 But as the statues become a focal point for a country demanding racial justice, not all are in agreement. Alex Connor, USA TODAY, "1 million voters," 24 June 2020

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First Known Use of focal point

1692, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Aug 2020

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“Focal point.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/focal%20point. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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focal point

noun

English Language Learners Definition of focal point

: a center of activity, interest, or attention

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