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focusing cloth

an opaque cloth surrounding the ground glass of a camera so as to shield the eyes of the photographer from light that would otherwise prevent seeing the image in the ground glass.
Origin of focusing cloth
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The focusing cloth clung to her head like a cowl as she raised it and bowed.

    Tiny Luttrell Ernest William Hornung
  • In using the apparatus, a focusing cloth, used by all photographers, is useful in excluding stray light.

    Visual Signaling Signal Corps United States Army
  • Then the focusing cloth was stretched across the frame and tied down at the corners with more strips from the handkerchief.

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