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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Tony carried on the tradition of providing group museum tours, with Annabelle serving as the focal point. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "The real 'Annabelle Comes Home': What was Judy Warren's life actually like?," 27 June 2019 Elliott earned her second Dream Team first-team nod in as many seasons as the focal point of the Sage Hill offense. Andrew Turner,, "Daily Pilot Girls’ Basketball Dream Team: Katie Nguyen led resurgence for Marina," 14 June 2019 Beyond the focal point of the fuel tax, there were significant differences between the protesters and no leadership structure to resolve them. Stephen Paduano, The New Republic, "The Limits of Outrage Politics," 13 June 2019 Baker, the Dolphins’ third-round pick last year, is a promising player already in tow who could transform into a focal point of Flores’ new multiple-scheme defense this coming season. Safid Deen,, "Dolphins Q&A: Jerome Baker hopes teammates follow his lead during second season," 9 June 2019 The region around Caen was marked on the master invasion plan as the focal point for pre-invasion bombing, but care had to be taken not to tip our hand in advance of D-Day. Popular Mechanics, "How the D-Day Invasion Was Planned," 6 June 2019 Selecting one for a small backyard can anchor the rest of its landscape and even act as a focal point for decor. Kelly Dawson, House Beautiful, "Choosing the Right Tree for a Small Yard Just Got a Whole Lot Easier," 6 June 2019 Harborplace, built by The Rouse Co., has served as a focal point for visitors to the Inner Harbor since opening in 1980. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Judge takes Baltimore's Harborplace out of owner's control, paving way for possible sale," 3 June 2019 Dresses are both the focal point and the framework for this exhibition that ranges from the theatrical to the abstract and the whimsical. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Summer arts 2019 | Visual art: Roman de Salvo, Edgar Degas, Richard Allen Morris and more," 16 June 2019

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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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