Definition of unfocused in English:


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Pronunciation: /ʌnˈfəʊkəst
(also unfocussed)


  • 1(Of a person’s eyes or gaze) not focusing on a particular person or thing: her eyes became unfocused with deep thought he had the bleary, unfocused look of a hangover
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    • Bearded and black-capped, he avoids our gaze with unfocused eyes.
    • Rob rushes up to her as she gazes at him with unfocused eyes.
    • Jack's eyes were unfocused, his gaze tossed onto a random spot on the wall.
  • 1.1(Of an optical device) not adjusted to focus: perpetually unfocused binoculars
  • 1.2(Of a lens) not making incident light rays meet at a single point.
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    • Nevertheless, it should be noted that unfocused light still adds to the total collected fluorescence.
  • 1.3(Of an object of vision) not in focus; indistinct: dark unfocused figures stood in the shadows beneath the trees
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    • The only misstep in the film is the cinematography, which is fuzzy, often unfocused and fails to take best advantage of the rich natural scenery.
    • Due to the slight blur of the line, these images are slightly unfocused and appear more impressionistic since colors and details flow evenly together.
    • He sighed and let his lids flutter open, icy blue depths meeting an unfocused cloudless sky blue.
  • 2(Of feelings or plans) without a specific aim or direction: his voice quavered with an unfocused rage
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    • His rage was unfocused and undirected, and as such he was forcing it to stay inside, if nothing else, to save his composure.
    • I swung from blind happiness to almost incandescent, unfocused rage within a second, almost before I had a chance to think about it.
    • He delivers emotions other than dull gloominess and unfocused anger, and he does it in style.

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