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      n   pl   , -cuses, -ci  
1    a point of convergence of light or other electromagnetic radiation, particles, sound waves, etc., or a point from which they appear to diverge  
2       another name for       focal point       1       focal length  
3      (Optics)   the state of an optical image when it is distinct and clearly defined or the state of an instrument producing this image  
the picture is in focus, the telescope is out of focus     
4    a point upon which attention, activity, etc., is directed or concentrated  
5      (Geometry)   a fixed reference point on the concave side of a conic section, used when defining its eccentricity  
6    the point beneath the earth's surface at which an earthquake or underground nuclear explosion originates  
   Compare       epicentre  
7      (Pathol)   the main site of an infection or a localized region of diseased tissue  
      vb   , -cuses, -cusing, -cused, -cusses, -cussing, -cussed  
8    to bring or come to a focus or into focus  
9    tr; often foll by: on   to fix attention (on); concentrate  
     (C17: via New Latin from Latin: hearth, fireplace)  
  focusable      adj  
  focuser      n  

automatic focus  
a    a system in a camera which automatically adjusts the lens so that the object being photographed is in focus, often one using infrared light to estimate the distance of the object from the camera  
b    (as modifier)  
automatic-focus lens        (Abbrev.)    AF     (Also called)    autofocus  
depth of focus  
      n   the amount by which the distance between the camera lens and the film can be altered without the resulting image appearing blurred  
   Compare       depth of field  
focus group  
      n   a group of people brought together to give their opinions on a particular issue or product, often for the purpose of market research  
focus puller  
      n     (Films)   the member of a camera crew who adjusts the focus of the lens as the camera is tracked in or out  
principal focus  
      n      another name for       focal point  
soft-focus lens  
      n     (Photog)   a lens designed to produce an image that is uniformly very slightly out of focus: typically used for portrait work  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
1. [person] dishonest or suspect 2. [object] unreliable
[US] [informal] Ex1: I think his sources are hinky and I'll have to look into them. Ex2: Your brakes are a little hinky and you should get them replaced
[subj: poiicemen] to herd [demonstrators] into a compact group in order to control their movements
1. [Mil.] a pilot who comes in support of the leading aircraft. He is positionned besides and slightly behind the leading aircraft. 2. [Fig.] a person who helps a friend to approach potential partners
2. this meaning has been popularised by the TV series How I Met Your Mother
1. throw someone or something out of a window 2. [fig.][fam.] dismiss/remove (sb) from a position of authority/power
Ex1: The inspector considers the assumption that the victim might have been defenastrated. Ex2: Due to the lack of results, the decision was taken to 'defenestrate' the manager.
1. [Comp.] a device that once plugged in is automatically recognized by the system and launches the expected process without any action on the user's side; 2. [Bus.] a new employee who is able to start work without too much induction and training
[Comp.];[Bus.] can be used as both noun and adjective: plug and play device; plug and play employee or simply plug and play (noun)
[arch.] near in space, time or relation, almost (followed by: upon)
"nigh upon" is even stronger in keeping with an antiquated, even biblical style. "The end of the world is nigh upon us"
[as interjection] an expression of congratulations, thanks or respect
big up to the team for a great job
[in Thailand] young male transsexual (often a sex worker)
1. [informal] die 2. fail 3.remain static
Ex1: The prisoner was injected a deadly drug and flatlined Ex2: His attempts to reach the summit have flatlined three times already Ex3.: The vote for the new party has flatlined at about 3%
extremely [with the idea of "abnormally"]
freakishly successful/large/lifelike
[child] to be sent to a care organization run by the social services, or to be looked after by foster parents
1. [Rel.] expression used to describe metaphorically a period of ignorance and spiritual crisis that precedes the communion with Divinity ; 2. in a larger meaning, it is used when refering to having a hard time, going through a phase of pessimism, sadness, failure etc.
defeat someone with arguments during a discussion; knock out [Fig.]
make an obscene and offensive gesture at someone by closing one's fist and extending one's middle finger upwards, interpreted as"Sod off!"; [US] flip (sb) off / flip (sb) the bird
Ex.: he has an unfortunate tendency and somewhat dangerous habit of giving the finger to motorists who cut in front of him.
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