One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1technical A particular position, point, or place.‘it is impossible to specify the exact locus in the brain of these neural events’
emergency, emergency situation, urgent situation, crisis, potential crisisView synonyms
- ‘It seems to understand that the locus of failure isn't external and partial.’
- ‘He is too quick to conclude that the Web, as a locus for and medium of art, is a failure.’
- ‘Next, the material is coded into discrete images and each of the images is inserted in the appropriate order into the various loci.’
- ‘It all revolved around the idea that the body is a locus of memory, and it brought that idea into so many dimensions.’
- ‘The locus of these thick or thin spots can be mapped by radar back to the site of origin.’
- 1.1 The effective or perceived location of something abstract.‘the real locus of power is the informal council’
location, place, position, situation, locality, whereabouts, locale, spot, scene, settingView synonyms
- ‘They will be more gravely weakened if pension funds, an enduring locus of labor power, are privatized.’
- ‘Although the Roman government was intact, the real locus of power in ancient Rome was the family.’
- ‘The unfettered, pluralistic nature of the Internet is also changing the locus of power of the news media.’
- ‘Second, as a social institution the church quickly became a contending locus of power in the Roman Empire.’
- ‘For a peaceful world that promotes international democracy, the locus of power and influence needs shifting.’
- 1.2Genetics The position of a gene or mutation on a chromosome.
vicinity, surrounding area, area, neighbourhood, district, region, environs, zone, locale, territoryView synonyms
- ‘Genes at a locus that differ by mutations are known as alleles or haplotypes.’
- ‘The data included results of genomic typing at polymorphic loci at or near genes of the autoimmune inflammatory response.’
- ‘Individual alleles of three loci demonstrating high gene diversity were cloned and sequenced.’
- ‘These data indicated that the cloned genes represented the genomic loci that were altered in the original rye strains.’
- ‘The very large pine genomes are highly repetitive, and microsatellite loci also occur as gene families.’
A curve or other figure formed by all the points satisfying a particular equation of the relation between coordinates, or by a point, line, or surface moving according to mathematically defined conditions.
surrounding district, surrounding area, neighbourhood, locality, locale, local area, area, district, region, quarter, sector, territory, domain, place, zoneView synonyms
- ‘The catenary is the locus of the focus of a parabola rolling along a straight line.’
- ‘The curve can be considered as the locus of a point P defined as follows.’
- ‘Preliminary mapping of the remaining suppressors demonstrates that they define several distinct loci.’
- ‘Where lines were not common to multiple loci, lines are labeled only to species.’
- ‘Then the locus of centers of all circles passing through A and orthogonal to C is a straight line.’
Early 18th century: from Latin, ‘place’.
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