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American English: /ˈfoʊkəs/
British English: /ˈfəʊkəs/

Translation of focus in Spanish:

noun plural focuses or fociPronunciation: /ˈfəʊsaɪ/

  • 1 countable 1.1 (central point) to be the focus of attention
    ser el centro de atención
    to become a focus for resentment
    convertirse en un foco de resentimiento
    Example sentences
    • While Zippy has the attention span of a goldfish, his wife has the focus of an electron microscope.
    • The probability for such an event occurring is only significant at the plane of focus, where photon flux is the highest.
    • Their focus was always upon the general rather than the particular.
    1.2 (of storm)
    (of earthquake) epicentro (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • But combine it with a programme that lacks a clear focus and Cork's year in the cultural spotlight is already looking shaky.
    • Once you have a clear focus, gather the right team around you to get the job done.
    • But if it keeps a clear focus it might achieve a way forward for our embattled province.
    Example sentences
    • The geographic point directly above the focus is called the earthquake epicenter.
    • This result strongly agrees with the upward migration of seismic foci in the volcanic edifice, which has been found to precede recent flank eruptions.
    1.3 (of disease)
    Example sentences
    • There was extensive embolization to the brain and multiple foci of Aspergillus infection in kidneys and adrenal glands.
    • An identifiable focus of primary infection should also be addressed when possible.
    • The macroscopically apparent thrombosed vessels in case 3 contained tumor emboli and multiple foci of infarction.
  • 2 uncountable 2.1 (clear visual definition) to be in focus
    estar enfocado
    to be out of focus
    estar desenfocado
    estar fuera de foco (Latin America)
    to bring or get something into focus
    enfocar algo
    let's get our intentions into focus
    definamos or precisemos claramente nuestras intenciones
    to come into focus (picture)
    entrar en foco
    my true feelings are gradually coming into focus
    empiezo a ver con claridad lo que realmente siento
    his life lacks focus
    no tiene un norte en su vida
    Example sentences
    • In the Nasmyth focus, an oblong tertiary mirror is positioned in this opening and it reflects the light from the secondary mirror to foci located on either side of the telescope.
    • The problems with the microlens array design are low light throughput, non-uniform intensity foci, and lens aberrations.
    • There is a central hole in the main mirror through which the light passes and is brought to a focus by an eyepiece lens.
    Example sentences
    • He adjusts the focus of the Carl Zeiss 120 mm macro lens, which allows him to work very close up.
    • These lenses adjust their focus with a patient's eye muscles to give them seamless near or distance vision.
    • The focus can be adjusted slightly in order to sharpen up different parts of the image corresponding to objects at different depths in the scene.
    2.2 (attention) media focus has been on …
    la atención de la prensa se ha centrado en …
  • 3 countable (Physics, Mathematics)
    Example sentences
    • The circumcircle of a triangle formed by three tangents to a parabola, passes through the focus of the parabola.
    • The focus and directrix of a parabola were considered by Pappus.
    • The catenary is the locus of the focus of a parabola rolling along a straight line.

intransitive verb focusing, focused or focussing focussed

  • 1
    to focus on something/somebodyhis eyes were unable to focus on the small print
    no podía fijar la vista en la letra pequeña
    the spotlight focused on the singer
    el reflector enfocó al cantante
    Example sentences
    • Feeling distinctly sick, he lay back down and focused his eyes, surveying his surroundings.
    • Every few metres the cat stopped and twisted its head around, focussing its yellow eyes on me, checking to see if I was still in pursuit.
    • I think some of the brain which attends to focussing my eyes may have leaked out.
    Example sentences
    • For example, in one puzzle you have to focus a telescope, and to do so you have to add or remove 14 lenses.
    • I have written about this many times, but modern auto-focus cameras deliver more ‘out of focus’ shots than manually focussed cameras.
    • ‘Just look at me,’ says Juergen, focusing the camera.
  • 2 (lecturer/chapter/attention)to focus on something/somebody
    centrarse en algo/alguien

transitive verb focusing, focused or focussing focussed

  • 1 (adjust focus of)
    to focus something on something/somebodyshe focused her binoculars on the yacht
    enfocó el yate con los prismáticos
  • 2 (concentrate)to focus something (on something)
    concentrar algo (en algo)
    I can't focus my mind on my work
    no me puedo concentrar en el trabajo
    I focused attention on the economic problems
    centré la atención en los problemas económicos
    all eyes were focused on her
    todas las miradas estaban puestas en ella
    Example sentences
    • An objective lens focuses the light onto a region approximately 1 mm in diameter and subsequently collects the light returning from the target.
    • The eye has a lens, and even ‘film’ (the retina), which detects light focused by the lens.
    • In the simple experiment, a converging lens focuses laser light from two pinholes onto two different photodetectors.
    Example sentences
    • He concentrated, focusing his thoughts on the strange impressions he was receiving.
    • According to dharma, or divine law, temple worship is important because it focuses our concentration on God.
    • The concentration on punishment damages the national debate by focussing all attention on revenge.
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