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1. A point or place that is equally distant from the sides or outer boundaries of something; the middle: the center of a stage.
a. A point equidistant from the vertices of a regular polygon.
b. A point equidistant from all points on the circumference of a circle or on the surface of a sphere.
3. A point around which something rotates or revolves: The sun is the center of our solar system.
4. A part of an object that is surrounded by the rest; a core: chocolates with soft centers.
a. A place where a particular activity or service is concentrated: a medical center.
b. A point of origin, as of influence, ideas, or actions: a center of power; a center of unrest.
c. An area of dense population: a metropolitan center.
6. A person or thing that is the chief object of attention, interest, activity, or emotion.
7. A person, object, or group occupying a middle position.
8. often Center A political group or a set of policies representing a moderate view between those of the right and the left.
9. Physiology A group of neurons in the central nervous system that control a particular function: the vasomotor center.
a. Sports A player who holds a middle position on the field, court, or forward line in some team sports, such as hockey and basketball.
b. Football An offensive lineman who snaps the ball to begin a play, usually positioned in the middle of the line.
c. Baseball Center field.
a. A small conical hole made in a piece of work with a center punch so that a drill can be accurately positioned within it.
b. A bar with a conical point used to support work, as during turning on a lathe.
a. A centering.
b. A point in space equidistant from all the points on an arch or on a portion of an arch.
v. cen·tered, cen·ter·ing, cen·ters
1. To place in or at the center: centered the vase on the table.
2. To direct toward a center or central point; concentrate or focus: tried to center the discussion on the main issues.
a. To pass (a ball or puck) toward the center of a playing area.
b. To play as a center on (a line), as in ice hockey.
4. Football To hike (the ball) to begin a down.
1. To be concentrated; cluster: The epidemic centered in the urban areas.
2. To have a central theme or concern; be focused: Her novels center on the problems of adolescence.
3. Sports To play as a center.
[Middle English centre, from Old French, from Latin centrum, from Greek kentron, center of a circle, from kentein, to prick; see kent- in Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: As a verb center can represent various relations involving having, finding, or turning about a center. The choice of a preposition to accompany center depends on the meaning one wants to convey. For certain physical uses, the Usage Panel favors in more than at. In our 1996 ballot, 73 percent found in acceptable, but only 23 percent accepted at in the sentence The company has been centered (in/at) Atlanta for the last five years. · In figurative contexts, there is ample evidence for center in, on, upon, and around. In our 2006 survey, for example, 91 percent of the Panel accepted center on in the sentence The discussion centered on the need for curriculum reform. Some language critics have denounced center around as illogical—if something is in the center, after all, it cannot be "around" something else. Nonetheless, 71 percent of the Usage Panel accepted center around in the 1996 survey, suggesting that, logical or not, center around must be considered a standard idiom. But if the expression does not seem a comfortable fit, revolve around offers itself as a substitute that clearly evokes an orbiting body. See Usage Note at equal.
the US spelling of centre
1. the point within a circle or sphere equally distant from all points of the circumference or surface, or the point within a regular polygon equally distant from the vertices.
2. a point, pivot, or axis around which something rotates or revolves.
3. the core or middle of something.
4. the source of an influence, action, or force: the center of a problem.
5. a focus of interest or concern.
6. a principal point, place, or object: a shipping center.
7. a building or part of a building used as a meeting place or having facilities for activities.
8. an office or other facility providing a service or dealing with a particular emergency.
9. a person, thing, or group occupying the middle position, esp. a body of troops.
10. a store or establishment devoted to a particular subject or hobby: a garden center.
11. shopping center.
12. (usu. cap.)
a. (esp. in continental Europe) the members of a legislative assembly who hold views intermediate between those of the Right and Left, customarily seated in the center of the chamber.
b. individuals or groups holding moderate views, esp. in politics.
c. the moderate position held by these people.
a. a football lineman in the middle of the line who puts the ball into play by tossing it between his legs to a back.
b. the position played by this lineman.
a. a basketball player, usu. the team's tallest, who plays close to and in front of the basket.
b. this position or role.
15. an ice hockey player who participates in a face-off at the beginning of play.
a. the mean position of a figure or system.
b. the set of elements of a group that commute with every element of the group.
17. a tapered rod, mounted in the headstock spindle or the tailstock spindle of a lathe, upon which the work to be turned is placed.v.t.
18. to place in or on a center.
19. to collect to or around a center; focus: He centered his novel on the Civil War.
20. to determine or mark the center of.
21. to adjust, shape, or modify (an object, part, etc.) so that its axis or the like is in a central or normal position.
22. Football. snap (def. 19).v.i.
23. to be at or come to a center.
24. to come to a focus; converge; concentrate (fol. by at, about, around, in, or on).
25. to gather or accumulate in a cluster; collect (fol. by at, about, around, in, or on).Also, esp. Brit.,centre.
[1325–75; < Latin centrum < Greek kéntron needle, pivoting point in drawing a circle, derivative of kenteîn to sting]
usage: Although frequently condemned as illogical, the phrases center about and center around have appeared in edited writing for more than a century to express the sense of collecting or gathering as if around a center. The phrase revolve around is often suggested as a substitute; the prepositions at, in, and on are regarded as acceptable with center in this sense: Their objections centered on his lack of experience.
Past participle: centered
Usually the tallest and most important player of a team, playing between the two forwards; must be good on the rebound.
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|Noun||1.||center - an area that is approximately central within some larger region; "it is in the center of town"; "they ran forward into the heart of the struggle"; "they were in the eye of the storm"|
area, country - a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography); "it was a mountainous area"; "Bible country"
financial center - the part of a city where financial institutions are centered
hub - a center of activity or interest or commerce or transportation; a focal point around which events revolve; "the playground is the hub of parental supervision"; "the airport is the economic hub of the area"
inner city - the older and more populated and (usually) poorer central section of a city
medical center - the part of a city where medical facilities are centered
midfield - (sports) the middle part of a playing field (as in football or lacrosse)
seat - a center of authority (as a city from which authority is exercised)
midstream - the middle of a stream
|2.||center - the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher; "he hit the ball to deep center"|
outfield - the area of a baseball playing field beyond the lines connecting the bases
|3.||center - a building dedicated to a particular activity; "they were raising money to build a new center for research"|
building, edifice - a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place; "there was a three-story building on the corner"; "it was an imposing edifice"
burn center - a center where patients with severe burns can be treated
call center, call centre - a center equipped to handle a large volume of telephone calls (especially for taking orders or serving customers)
civic center, community center - a center where the members of a community can gather for social or cultural activities
control center - the operational center for a group of related activities; "the general in command never left the control center"
service club - a recreational center for servicemen
settlement house - a center in an underprivileged area that provides community services
student center - a center for student activities at a college or university
|4.||center - a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure|
bight - the middle part of a slack rope (as distinguished from its ends)
bowels - the center of the Earth
center of gravity, centre of gravity - the point within something at which gravity can be considered to act; in uniform gravity it is equal to the center of mass
core - the center of an object; "the ball has a titanium core"
navel point, navel - the center point or middle of something; "the Incas believed that Cuzco was the navel of the universe"
nombril - the center point on a shield
point - the precise location of something; a spatially limited location; "she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"
core - the central part of the Earth
nucleus - the positively charged dense center of an atom
nucleus - (astronomy) the center of the head of a comet; consists of small solid particles of ice and frozen gas that vaporizes on approaching the sun to form the coma and tail
|5.||center - the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"|
essence, heart and soul, inwardness, nitty-gritty, pith, substance, gist, kernel, nub, meat, sum, core, heart, marrow, centre
cognitive content, mental object, content - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
bare bones - (plural) the most basic facts or elements; "he told us only the bare bones of the story"
hypostasis - (metaphysics) essential nature or underlying reality
haecceity, quiddity - the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other
quintessence - the purest and most concentrated essence of something
stuff - a critically important or characteristic component; "suspense is the very stuff of narrative"
|6.||center - the object upon which interest and attention focuses; "his stories made him the center of the party"|
object - the focus of cognitions or feelings; "objects of thought"; "the object of my affection"
conversation piece - something interesting that stimulates conversation
crosshairs - a center of interest; "the war on terrorism has put Saddam Hussein in the crosshairs"
cynosure - something that strongly attracts attention and admiration; "if he was the cynosure of all eyes he didn't notice"
eye-catcher - a striking person or thing that attracts attention
|7.||center - a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process; "in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere"|
neural structure - a structure that is part of the nervous system
auditory center - the part of the brain (in a fold of the cerebral cortex of the temporal lobe on both sides of the brain) that receives impulses from the ear by way of the auditory nerve
olfactory brain, rhinencephalon - a center in the cerebral hemispheres that governs the sense of smell in lower animals; in humans it seems to mediate complex emotional behavior
Broca's area, Broca's center, Broca's convolution, Broca's gyrus, convolution of Broca - the motor speech center in the left hemisphere of the brain in most people
Wernicke's area, Wernicke's center - the auditory word center; located in the posterior part of the superior temporal convolution in most people
superior colliculus - an essential visual center between the retina and the striate cortex
inferior colliculus - an essential auditory center in the midbrain
respiratory center - the center in the medulla oblongata and pons that integrates sensory information about the level of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood and determines the signals to be sent to the respiratory muscles
|8.||center - the middle of a military or naval formation; "they had to reinforce the center"|
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
formation - an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit; "a defensive formation"; "a formation of planes"
|9.||center - (basketball) the person who plays center on a basketball team|
basketball, basketball game, hoops - a game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players; points are scored by throwing the ball through an elevated horizontal hoop
|10.||center - (football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback; "the center fumbled the handoff"|
football, football game - any of various games played with a ball (round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal
lineman - one of the players on the line of scrimmage
|11.||center - a place where some particular activity is concentrated; "they received messages from several centers"|
place, property - any area set aside for a particular purpose; "who owns this place?"; "the president was concerned about the property across from the White House"
nerve center, nerve centre - a center that provides information and control; "the nerve center of the diamond industry is in Amsterdam"
capital - a center that is associated more than any other with some activity or product; "the crime capital of Italy"; "the drug capital of Columbia"
|12.||center - politically moderate persons; centrists|
social class, socio-economic class, stratum, class - people having the same social, economic, or educational status; "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"
|13.||center - (ice hockey) the person who plays center on a hockey team|
hockey game, ice hockey, hockey - a game played on an ice rink by two opposing teams of six skaters each who try to knock a flat round puck into the opponents' goal with angled sticks
|14.||center - the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering|
chocolate candy - candy made with chocolate
|15.||center - mercantile establishment consisting of a carefully landscaped complex of shops representing leading merchandisers; usually includes restaurants and a convenient parking area; a modern version of the traditional marketplace; "a good plaza should have a movie house"; "they spent their weekends at the local malls"|
food court - an area (as in a shopping mall) where fast food is sold (usually around a common eating area)
|16.||center - the position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game|
position - (in team sports) the role assigned to an individual player; "what position does he play?"
hockey team - a team that plays ice hockey
|17.||center - (American football) the position of the player on the line of scrimmage who puts the ball in play; "it is a center's responsibility to get the football to the quarterback"|
lineman - (American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed on the line of scrimmage
|18.||center - a position on a basketball team of the player who participates in the jump that starts the game|
position - (in team sports) the role assigned to an individual player; "what position does he play?"
|Verb||1.||center - center upon; "Her entire attention centered on her children"; "Our day revolved around our work"|
|2.||center - direct one's attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"|
engross, engulf, steep, soak up, immerse, absorb, plunge - devote (oneself) fully to; "He immersed himself into his studies"
cerebrate, cogitate, think - use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments; "I've been thinking all day and getting nowhere"
rivet - hold (someone's attention); "The discovery of the skull riveted the paleontologists"
recall - cause one's (or someone else's) thoughts or attention to return from a reverie or digression; "She was recalled by a loud laugh"
think - focus one's attention on a certain state; "Think big"; "think thin"
zoom in - examine closely; focus one's attention on; "He zoomed in on the book"
|3.||center - move into the center; "That vase in the picture is not centered"|
move, displace - cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"
|Adj.||1.||center - equally distant from the extremes |
central - in or near a center or constituting a center; the inner area; "a central position"
|2.||center - of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually|
left - of or belonging to the political or intellectual left
right - of or belonging to the political or intellectual right
2. A place of concentrated activity, influence, or importance:
centre(American) center (ˈsentə) noun
1. the middle point, or middle of anything; the point or area farthest from the edge. the centre of a circle; the city centre. middelpunt, middel; sentrum نُقْطَةُ المَرْكِز среда centro střed, centrum der Mittelpunkt midte; midtpunkt; centrum κέντρο centro keskpunkt, keskus مرکز؛ کانون keskusta centreמרכז केन्द्र बिन्दु središte középpont titik pusat miðja; miðbær centro 中心 중앙 centras, vidurys centrs bahagian tengah middelpunt, centrummidte, midtpunkt, sentrumcentrum مركز: دشورې مركزې غړې چه نه دښى اونه كيڼى خواوې centro centru центр stred, centrum središče centar centrum ศูนย์กลาง merkez 中心點 центр; середина مرکز ، درمیانہ حصہ trung tâm 中心点
2. a place having, or designed for, a particular activity, interest etc. a centre of industry; a shopping-centre; a sports-centre. sentrum مَرْكِز център centro středisko, centrum das Zentrum center; -center κέντρο centro keskus مجتمع؛ مرکز keskus centreמרכז अत्यन्त महत्वपूर्ण središte, sredina központ pusat miðstöð centro センター 중심 centras centrs pusat centrumsentercentrum مرکز centro centru центр stredisko središče, center centar center ศูนย์เฉพาะกิจ merkez 中心 центр کسی مقصد کے لئے بنائی گئی مخصوص جگہ trung tâm 中心
3. the main point (of interest etc). the centre of attention. punt, middelpunt مَرْكِز، النُّقطَةُ المَرْكَزِيَّه център centro těžiště der Mittelpunkt hoved-; center επίκεντρο centro keskpunkt کانون keskipiste centreמרכז आकर्षण केन्द्र središte középpont pusat aðal-, megin- centro 中心 핵심 centras centrs tertumpu middelpuntmidtpunkt, sentrumcentrum, środek کانون centro centru центр ťažisko središče središte medelpunkt, centrum ศูนย์รวมความสนใจ ilgi merkezi/odağı 重點 те, що в центрі уваги مرکز روجہ ، مرکزی جگہ điểm mấu chốt 重点verb
1. to place, or to be, at the centre. sentreer يَكونُ أو يَضَعُ في المَرْكِز поставям/стоя в центъра centralizar(-se) umístit, do centra, být v centru in den Mittelpunkt stellen anbringe i midten; anbringe midt på; centrere κεντράρωcentrar keskpunkti asetama, keskpunktis olema در مرکز قرار دادن keskittää centrer לְמַרכַּז केन्द्र में इकट्ठा होना, केन्द्रीभूत होना centrirati középpontba állít berada di tengah setja/færa í miðju, leggja áherslu á centrare, essere al centro 中心におく 중심이 되다 padėti į vidurį, būti viduryje koncentrēt; centrēt di tengah-tengah in het midden plaatsen, zijnsentrere, sette i midten ześrodkować په مرکز قراریدل centralizar(-se) a centra помещать(ся) в центре umiestniť do centra; byť stredom biti v središču centrirati ställa (sätta) i mittpunkten, stå (sitta) i mittpunkten, centrera มุ่งความสนใจไปยัง ortalamak, ortaya yerleştirmek 把...放在中央，位於中央 розташовувати(ся) у центрі مرکز پہ رکھنا یا مرکز پہ ہونا đặt vào trung tâm 把...放在中部，位于中央
2. (with on) to concentrate round. Her plans always centre on her child. toegespits wees op يَتَرَكَّزُ في съсредоточавам (се) centrar-se soustředit (se) na konzentrieren koncentrere; centrere επικεντρώνομαιcentrarse (millegi, kellegi ümber) keerlema متمرکز شدن بر keskittyä se concentrer לְהִתמַקֵד केन्द्रित होना biti usredotočen vmre összpontosul terpusat snúast um accentrarsi 集中する (~에) 중심을 맞추다 suktis apie, koncentruotis koncentrēties tumpuan zich concentreren op samle seg om, konsentrere seg om, dreie seg om skupiać się راغوڼډ كيدل centrar-se a se concentra (asupra) сосредоточивать sústrediť sa (na) osredotočiti se centrirati kretsa kring รวมอยู่ที่ etrafında toplanmak/ yoğunlaşmak 把心思集中在 концентрувати(ся), зосереджувати(ся) مرکوز ہونا tập trung 集中
center→ وَسَط střed center Zentrum κέντρο centro keskus centre središte centro 中心 중심 centrum sentrum centrum centro центр mitt ศูนย์กลาง merkez trung tâm 中心
n. centro, punto medio de un cuerpo.