focal

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adjective fo·cal \ˈfō-kəl\

Definition of focal

  1. :  of, relating to, being, or having a focus

focally

play \ˈfō-kə-lē\ adverb

Examples of focal in a Sentence

  1. a focal figure in the movement

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First Known Use of focal

1676


FOCAL Defined for English Language Learners

focal

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adjective

Definition of focal for English Language Learners

  • : having central or great importance


FOCAL Defined for Kids

focal

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adjective fo·cal \ˈfō-kəl\

Definition of focal for Students

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or having a focus

  2. 2 :  having central or great importance She is a focal character in the story.


Medical Dictionary

focal

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adjective fo·cal \ˈfō-kəl\

Medical Definition of focal

  1. :  of, relating to, being, or having a focus

focally

\-kə-lē\play adverb


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