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mis·​fo·​cus ˌmis-ˈfō-kəs How to pronounce misfocus (audio)
misfocused also misfocussed; misfocusing also misfocussing

transitive + intransitive

: to focus poorly or improperly
misfocus a camera
misfocusing their attention on trivial matters


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: inadequate or misdirected focus
The main misfocus investors have when it comes to their investment performance is comparing it to a benchmark as the sole factor for success or failure.Joseph Clark
… they are blurred either from misfocus or camera movement, and there is a 1950s grainy quality.William Meyers

Word History

First Known Use


1898, in the meaning defined above


1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misfocus was in 1898

Dictionary Entries Near misfocus

Cite this Entry

“Misfocus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misfocus. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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