locus

The center or source of something is known as the locus. A shopping mall is usually a locus for teenagers.

In addition to being a hub or hotspot, locus has specific meanings when used in math or science. In math, a locus is when a set of points all meet at a designated location: a circle is the locus of points equal in length from one given point. In genetics, the locus is the location of a certain gene on a chromosome. A locus is where things are happening. Washington, DC is the locus for politics in the U.S.

Primary Meanings of locus

1.
n
the scene of any event or action (especially the place of a meeting)
2.
n
the set of all points or lines that satisfy or are determined by specific conditions
3.
n
the specific site of a particular gene on its chromosome
Full Definitions of locus
1

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

Synonyms:
locale, venue
Type of:
scene
the place where some action occurs
2

n 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”
Type of:
set
(mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols
3

n the specific site of a particular gene on its chromosome

Type of:
site, situation
physical position in relation to the surroundings

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