Definition of focal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈfəʊkl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfoʊkl//
[only before noun]
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central; very important; connected with or providing a focus The Student Liaison Officer acts as a focal point for student political activity. The focal symbol of sovereignty is, of course, the crown. Word Originlate 17th cent.: from modern Latin focalis, from Latin focus, or directly from focus.
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