Fo"cal (?), a. [Cf.F. focal. See Focus.]

Belonging to,or concerning, a focus; as, a focal point.

Focal distance, or length,of a lens or mirror Opt., the distance of the focus from the surface of the lens or mirror, or more exactly, in the case of a lens, from its optical center. --Focal distance of a telescope, the distance of the image of an object from the object glass.


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