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Aim vs. Focus

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Aimnoun

The pointing of a weapon, as a gun, a dart, or an arrow, or object, in the line of direction with the object intended to be struck; the line of fire; the direction of anything, such as a spear, a blow, a discourse, a remark, towards a particular point or object, with a view to strike or affect it.

‘Take time with the aim of your gun.’; ‘to take aim’;

Focusnoun

A point at which reflected or refracted rays of light converge.

‘The heat of sunlight at the focus of a magnifying glass can easily set dry leaves on fire.’;

Aimnoun

The point intended to be hit, or object intended to be attained or affected.

Focusnoun

A point of a conic at which rays reflected from a curve or surface converge.

Aimnoun

Intention or goal

‘My number one aim in life is to make money to make my parents, siblings and kids happy.’;

Focusnoun

The fact of the convergence of light on the photographic medium.

‘Unfortunately, the license plate is out of focus in this image.’;

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Aimnoun

The ability of someone to aim straight; one's faculty for being able to hit a physical target

‘The police officer has excellent aim, always hitting the bullseye in shooting practice.’;

Focusnoun

The quality of the convergence of light on the photographic medium.

‘During this scene, the boy’s face shifts subtly from soft focus into sharp focus.’;

Aimnoun

(obsolete) Conjecture; guess.

Focusnoun

(uncountable) Concentration of attention.

‘I believe I can bring the high degree of focus required for this important job.’;

Aimverb

(intransitive) To point or direct a missile, or a weapon which propels as missile, towards an object or spot with the intent of hitting it

‘He aimed at the target, but the arrow flew straight over it.’;

Focusnoun

The exact point of where an earthquake occurs, in three dimensions (underneath the epicentre).

‘The earthquake's focus was at exactly 37 degrees north, 18 degrees south, seventy five meters below the ground.’;

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Aimverb

(intransitive) To direct the intention or purpose; to attempt the accomplishment of a purpose; to try to gain; to endeavor;—followed by at, or by an infinitive

‘to aim at a pass’; ‘to aim to do well in life’;

Focusnoun

The indicator of the currently active element in a user interface.

‘Text entered at the keyboard or pasted from a clipboard is sent to the component which currently has the focus.’;

Aimverb

(transitive) To direct or point (e.g. a weapon), at a particular object; to direct, as a missile, an act, or a proceeding, at, to, or against an object

‘to aim an arrow at the deer’; ‘She aimed a punch at her ex-boyfriend.’;

Focusnoun

(linguistics) The most important word or phrase in a sentence or passage, or the one that imparts information.

Aimverb

(transitive) To direct (something verbal) towards a certain person, thing, or group

‘to aim a satirical comment at Communists in general’;

Focusverb

(transitive) To cause (rays of light, etc) to converge at a single point.

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Aimverb

To guess or conjecture.

Focusverb

(transitive) To adjust (a lens, an optical instrument) in order to position an image with respect to the focal plane.

‘You'll need to focus the microscope carefully in order to capture the full detail of this surface.’;

Aimverb

To point or direct a missile weapon, or a weapon which propels as missile, towards an object or spot with the intent of hitting it; as, to aim at a fox, or at a target.

Focusverb

To concentrate one's attention.

‘Focus on passing the test.’;

Aimverb

To direct the indention or purpose; to attempt the accomplishment of a purpose; to try to gain; to endeavor; - followed by at, or by an infinitive; as, to aim at distinction; to aim to do well.

‘Aim'st thou at princes?’;

Focusverb

(intransitive) To concentrate one’s attention.

‘If you're going to beat your competitors, you need to focus.’;

Aimverb

To guess or conjecture.

Focusverb

To transfer the input focus to (a visual element), so that it receives subsequent input.

‘The text box won't receive the user's keystrokes unless you explicitly focus it.’;

Aimverb

To direct or point, as a weapon, at a particular object; to direct, as a missile, an act, or a proceeding, at, to, or against an object; as, to aim a musket or an arrow, the fist or a blow (at something); to aim a satire or a reflection (at some person or vice).

Focusnoun

A point in which the rays of light meet, after being reflected or refracted, and at which the image is formed; as, the focus of a lens or mirror.

Aimnoun

The pointing of a weapon, as a gun, a dart, or an arrow, in the line of direction with the object intended to be struck; the line of fire; the direction of anything, as a spear, a blow, a discourse, a remark, towards a particular point or object, with a view to strike or affect it.

‘Each at the head leveled his deadly aim.’;

Focusnoun

A point so related to a conic section and certain straight line called the directrix that the ratio of the distance between any point of the curve and the focus to the distance of the same point from the directrix is constant.

Aimnoun

The point intended to be hit, or object intended to be attained or affected.

‘To be the aim of every dangerous shot.’;

Focusnoun

A central point; a point of concentration.

Aimnoun

Intention; purpose; design; scheme.

‘How oft ambitious aims are crossed!’;

Aimnoun

Conjecture; guess.

‘What you would work me to, I have some aim.’;

Focusnoun

the concentration of attention or energy on something;

‘the focus of activity shifted to molecular biology’; ‘he had no direction in his life’;

Aimnoun

an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions;

‘his intent was to provide a new translation’; ‘good intentions are not enough’; ‘it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs’; ‘he made no secret of his designs’;

Focusnoun

maximum clarity or distinctness of an image rendered by an optical system;

‘in focus’; ‘out of focus’;

Aimnoun

the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable);

‘the sole object of her trip was to see her children’;

Focusnoun

maximum clarity or distinctness of an idea;

‘the controversy brought clearly into focus an important difference of opinion’;

Aimnoun

the action of directing something at an object;

‘he took aim and fired’;

Focusnoun

a central point or locus of an infection in an organism;

‘the focus of infection’;

Aimnoun

the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies

Focusnoun

special emphasis attached to something;

‘the stress was more on accuracy than on speed’;

Aimverb

propose or intend;

‘I aim to arrive at noon’;

Focusnoun

a fixed reference point on the concave side of a conic section

Aimverb

move into a desired direction of discourse;

‘What are you driving at?’;

Focusverb

direct one's attention on something;

‘Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies’;

Aimverb

specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public

Focusverb

cause to converge on or toward a central point;

‘Focus the light on this image’;

Aimverb

intend (something) to move towards a certain goal;

‘He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face’; ‘criticism directed at her superior’; ‘direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself’;

Focusverb

bring into focus or alignment; to converge or cause to converge; of ideas or emotions

Aimverb

direct (a remark) toward an intended goal;

‘She wanted to aim a pun’;

Focusverb

put (an image) into focus;

‘Please focus the image; we cannot enjoy the movie’;

Aimverb

point or direct (a weapon or camera) at a target

‘aim for the middle of the target’; ‘aim the camcorder at some suitable object’;

Focusnoun

the centre of interest or activity

‘this generation has made the environment a focus of attention’;

Aimverb

direct (a missile or blow) at someone or something

‘she had aimed the bottle at Gary's head’;

Focusnoun

an act of concentrating interest or activity on something

‘our focus on the customer's requirements’;

Aimverb

direct information, a product, or an action towards (a particular group)

‘the TV campaign is aimed at the 16–24 age group’;

Focusnoun

the point of origin of an earthquake.

Aimverb

have the intention of achieving

‘we aim to give you the best possible service’; ‘the programme will aim at deepening understanding’;

Focusnoun

the principal site of an infection or other disease.

Aimnoun

a purpose or intention; a desired outcome

‘our primary aim is to achieve financial discipline’;

Focusnoun

the state or quality of having or producing clear visual definition

‘his face is rather out of focus’; ‘the incident brought her feelings for Alexander sharply into focus’;

Aimnoun

the directing of a weapon or missile at a target

‘his aim was perfect’;

Focusnoun

another term for focal point

Focusnoun

the point at which an object must be situated with respect to a lens or mirror for an image of it to be well defined.

Focusnoun

a device on a lens which can be adjusted to produce a clear image.

Focusnoun

one of the fixed points from which the distances to any point of a given curve, such as an ellipse or parabola, are connected by a linear relation.

Focusnoun

an element of a sentence that is given prominence by intonational or other means.

Focusverb

adapt to the prevailing level of light and become able to see clearly

‘try to focus on a stationary object’;

Focusverb

cause (one's eyes) to focus

‘she focused her eyes on his face’;

Focusverb

adjust the focus of (a telescope, camera, or other instrument)

‘they were focusing a telescope on a star’;

Focusverb

(of rays or waves) meet at a single point.

Focusverb

(of a lens) make (rays or waves) meet at a single point.

Focusverb

(of light, radio waves, or other energy) become concentrated into a sharp beam.

Focusverb

(of a lens) concentrate (light, radio waves, or energy) into a sharp beam.

Focusverb

pay particular attention to

‘the study will focus on a number of areas in Wales’;

Focusverb

concentrate

‘an opportunity to focus research on the health needs of the population’;

Focusverb

place the focus on (an element of a sentence).

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