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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The column became the focal point for Ramos’s years-long animus toward the newspaper — in the court system through lawsuits and appeals and on social media. Reis Thebault, Washington Post, "Accused Capital Gazette newsroom shooter appears to have mailed another letter to a journalist in his long-running feud," 5 July 2018 But what if your range became the focal point of the space? Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You Could Score this Colorful Range for Free," 12 Mar. 2019 Through these visits Meghan witnessed how the space had became a focal point for women to gather and prepare fresh food in the aftermath of the devastating Grenfell Tower fire which ravaged homes and killed 72 people. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Returned to the Hubb Community Kitchen," 21 Nov. 2018 Lunar New Year became a focal point in the spring as the school system urged students, parents and staff across the system to weigh in on holidays and other occasions. Donna St. George, Washington Post, "Holidays for all: Asian students ask for a day off school on Lunar New Year," 8 July 2018 Innovation is the focal point of the Woolmark Prize as designers are challenged to create something truly original and unique to their brand with Merino wool. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brandon Maxwell Pivots to Activewear for the Woolmark Prize," 15 Feb. 2019 Spa-ing is a staple of sober vacations that can completely transform the focal point of your trip. Carly Benson, SELF, "7 Important Tips for Traveling While Sober and Having an Even Better Time," 14 Feb. 2019 Their sunsplashed island, long the favorite money haven of rich Russians, was becoming the focal point of an American offensive to sweep up the money that U.S. officials say Vladimir Putin’s allies launder through Europe. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "U.S. Takes on Russia’s Favorite Money Haven: Cyprus," 30 Sep. 2018 John Cox, Newsom's Republican gubernatorial rival, has not made the case a focal point of his campaign and does not mention it on his website. John Myers,, "California's politically powerful labor unions have been preparing for this Supreme Court ruling for a long time," 27 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 speak slightingly about or to degrade

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