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This gives it leverage, or focus for the outworking of its forces.

For the first time Kingozi's careless, candid stare narrowed to a focus.

All outside the focus of the dancers turned gray--goom, zup!

The far-reaching plains to the west offered him too wide a focus.

He changed the focus—they were gone before he could get their images sharp.

But she was hopelessly out of focus by this time, and it was weary work getting her in.

Yet she and daily life were out of focus; one or the other must show blurred.

His decision was brought to a focus by the help of Mrs. Worth Buckley.

A moment they sharpened in their gaze as he brought his visitor into focus.

He reached a chair placed in the focus of the gathering, which sat in a semicircle.

WORD ORIGIN

1640s, from Latin focus "hearth, fireplace" (also, figuratively, "home, family"), of unknown origin, used in post-classical times for "fire" itself, taken by Kepler (1604) in a mathematical sense for "point of convergence," perhaps on analogy of the burning point of a lens (the purely optical sense of the word may have existed before Kepler, but it is not recorded). Introduced into English 1650s by Hobbes. Sense transfer to "center of activity or energy" is first recorded 1796.

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