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ˈloʊ kəs; -saɪ, -ki, -kaɪlo·cus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. venue, locale, locusnoun

    the scene of any event or action (especially the place of a meeting)

  2. locusnoun

    the specific site of a particular gene on its chromosome

  3. locusnoun

    the set of all points or lines that satisfy or are determined by specific conditions

    "the locus of points equidistant from a given point is a circle"


  1. locusnoun

    A place or locality, especially a centre of activity or the scene of a crime.

    The cafeteria was the locus of activity.

    Etymology: From locus

  2. locusnoun

    The set of all points whose coordinates satisfy a given equation or condition.

    A circle is the locus of points from which the distance to the center is a given value, the radius.

    Etymology: From locus

  3. locusnoun

    (genetics) A fixed position on a chromosome that may be occupied by one or more genes.

    Etymology: From locus

Webster Dictionary

  1. Locusnoun

    a place; a locality

    Etymology: [L., place. Cf. Allow, Couch, Lieu, Local.]

  2. Locusnoun

    the line traced by a point which varies its position according to some determinate law; the surface described by a point or line that moves according to a given law

    Etymology: [L., place. Cf. Allow, Couch, Lieu, Local.]


  1. Locus

    Locus, subtitled "The Magazine Of The Science Fiction & Fantasy Field", is published monthly in Oakland, California. It reports on the science fiction and fantasy publishing field, including comprehensive listings of all new books published in the genre. It is considered the news organ and trade journal of choice for the English language science fiction community. The magazine also presents the annual Locus Awards. Locus Online was launched in April 1997, as a semi-autonomous web version of Locus Magazine.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Locus

    lō′kus, n. (math.) the curve described by a point, or the surface generated by a line, moving in a given manner: a passage in a writing:—pl. Loci (lō′sī), a collection of passages, esp. from sacred and ancient writings, arranged with special reference to some particular theme.—Locus classicus (pl. Loci classici), a standard passage, esp. in an ancient author: that passage which is the accepted authority for some particular subject or for the use of some special or disputed word; Locus standi (law), right of place in court: recognised place or position. [L.]

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Locus

    A place. The word is used to designate the locality or position of, or series of positions of definite conditions and the like. Thus an isogonic line is the locus of equal declinations of the magnetic needle; it is a line passing through all places on the earth's surface where the condition of a given declination is found to exist.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of locus in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of locus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of locus in a Sentence

  1. Ian Wilson:

    The government is on the offensive against what they see as a potential locus of popular Islamist opposition, sharpened by the recent return of Rizieq, while having a sound legal foundation, the banning is clearly politically driven as well.

  2. Dominic Kwiatkowski:

    This new resistance locus is particularly interesting because it lies so close to genes that are gatekeepers for the malaria parasite's invasion machinery, we now need to drill down at this locus to characterise these complex patterns of genetic variation more precisely and to understand the molecular mechanisms by which they act.

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