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The doctor's name struck a chord and Crawford dug deep until it focused.

Prior to this time the thought of the people had not been focused on country life at all.

Drake hitched his chair nearer and focused all his powers of concentration.

Every ounce of resentment in his nature had been focused to the burning-point.

With an effort he focused his mind back on that awful day and began.

Micheals opened one eye and focused it in Conners' general direction.

He focused it on the ship's port, flicked a switch on his belt, then snapped the instrument on.

After awhile, Lancaster focused his mind on Karen Marek and kept it there.

I blinked; when I focused my eyes again, it was—she was—there.

He had it focused on Merley who, with Fripp, was walking about the other cabin.

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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