focal

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From New Latin focālis; synchronically analyzable as focus +‎ -al.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

focal (not comparable)

  1. Belonging to, concerning, or located at a focus
  2. (medicine) limited to a small area

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Noun[edit]

focal (plural focals)

  1. (geometry, obsolete) This term needs a definition. Please help out and add a definition, then remove the text {{rfdef}}.
    • 1877, James Booth, A Treatise on Some New Geometrical Methods (page 209)
      Again, if the plane of the impressed couple intersects the mean plane between N and C, it will envelope the cone whose focals are ON, ON′, and whose internal axis is therefore OA.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From New Latin focālis.

Adjective[edit]

focal (feminine singular focale, masculine plural focaux, feminine plural focales)

  1. focal

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Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish focul, from Proto-Celtic *woxtlom, from Proto-Indo-European *wokʷtlom, from *wekʷ-.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

focal m (genitive singular focail, nominative plural focail)

  1. word
    Ní raibh focal ag Peadar.
    Peter had nothing to say for himself.
    1. phrase, remark, observation, saying
      Is fearr focal sa chúirt ná punt sa sparán.A friend in court is better than a pound in the purse.
      —Proverb
    2. intelligence, message
    3. order
    4. promise, assurance

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Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
focal fhocal bhfocal
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stüber, Karin (1998). The Historical Morphology of n-Stems in Celtic. Maynooth: Department of Old Irish, National University of Ireland, page 70. →ISBN.

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From New Latin focālis.

Adjective[edit]

focal m or f (plural focais, comparable)

  1. (optics) focal (relating to foci)
  2. (medicine) focal (limited to a small area)

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From New Latin focālis.

Adjective[edit]

focal (plural focales)

  1. focal