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Focal point   /fˈoʊkəl pɔɪnt/   Listen
Focal point

A point of convergence of light (or other radiation) or a point from which it diverges.  Synonym: focus.
A central point or locus of an infection in an organism.  Synonyms: focus, nidus.
The concentration of attention or energy on something.  Synonyms: centering, direction, focus, focusing, focussing.  "He had no direction in his life"

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"Focal point" Quotes from Famous Books

... decisions; they do not get beside themselves; rather, they sink into themselves. Before the distortions of a mob orator, with his extravagant promises, the masses become merely a driven crowd eager for gain, not human souls. They are the concave reflector of passions and greeds that rage in the focal point of the speaker's rostrum; they return in concentrated form the rays that dazzle them. He who puts the masses in the judgment-seat, who looks for counsel and decision at their hands, has neither reverence nor love for man. Sooner or later ...
— The New Society • Walther Rathenau

... cases of delinquents with more or less marked psychopathic signs in which pathological lying was the focal point. He reports five cases at great length, in all of whom the inclination to fabricate stories, "der Hang zum fabulieren,'' is irresistible and apparently not to be repressed by efforts of the will. Risch's main points, built up from study of his cases, are worthy of close consideration: ...
— Pathology of Lying, Etc. • William and Mary Healy

... gently undulating central plateau contains water catchment area and nature preserve Natural resources: fish, deepwater ports Land use: arable land 4%; permanent crops 7%; meadows and pastures 0%; forest and woodland 5%; other 84% Environment: mostly urban and industrialized Note: focal point for Southeast Asian ...
— The 1992 CIA World Factbook • United States. Central Intelligence Agency.

... art should find a place in public buildings where large numbers of persons might find easy access to it. The proximity of the proposed new structure to historic Independence Hall and the adjacent buildings would make it a focal point for visitors from all parts of the country and the world. The opportunity presented itself to put good art, within the comprehension of a large public, into the new building, and Bok asked permission of Mr. Curtis to introduce a strong note of mural decoration. The idea commended itself to Mr. ...
— The Americanization of Edward Bok - The Autobiography of a Dutch Boy Fifty Years After • Edward William Bok

... taking a fresh breath; might have cast a side glance upon Ophelia Stubblefield in a new and most becoming hat with ostrich plumage grandly surmounting it. But under the hand which he held reverently cupped over his brow Jeff's eyes were fixed upon a certain focal point,—to wit, the door of the main entrance at the length of the hall from him. It was as though Jeff waited for something or somebody he ...
— Sundry Accounts • Irvin S. Cobb

Words linked to "Focal point" :   point, engrossment, focal infection, nidus, centering, immersion, absorption, particularism, concentration

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