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Meaning of CENTER

Pronunciation:  'sentur

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  1. [n]  a position on a basketball team of the player who participates in the center jump to start the game
  2. [n]  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"
  3. [n]  the position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game
  4. [n]  a building dedicated to a particular activity; "they were raising money to build a new center for research"
  5. [n]  the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher; "he hit the ball to deep center"
  6. [n]  mercantile establishment consisting of a carefully landscaped complex of shops representing leading merchandisers; a modern version of the traditional marketplace; "a good plaza should have a movie house"; "they spent their weekends at the local malls"
  7. [n]  a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process; "in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere"
  8. [n]  the object upon which interest and attention focuses; "his stories made him the center of the party"
  9. [n]  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"
  10. [n]  politically moderate persons; centrists
  11. [n]  the middle of a military or naval formation; "they had to reinforce the center"
  12. [n]  a place where some particular activity is concentrated; "they received messages from several centers"
  13. [n]  a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure
  14. [n]  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"
  15. [n]  (football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback; "the center fumbled the handoff"
  16. [n]  (basketball) the person who plays center
  17. [n]  (ice hockey) the person who plays center
  18. [adj]  of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually
  19. [v]  focus one's attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"
  20. [v]  move into the center; "That vase in the picture is not centered"
  21. [v]  center upon; "Her entire attention centered on her children"; "Our day revolved around our work"

CENTER is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: center of attention, center on, centerfield, centre, centre, centre, centre, centre, centrist, concentrate, concentrate on, core, essence, eye, focus, focus on, gist, heart, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, kernel, mall, marrow, meat, middle, middle-of-the-road, midpoint, nerve center, nerve centre, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, plaza, pore, revolve about, revolve around, rivet, shopping center, shopping mall, snapper, substance, sum
 Antonyms: left, right
 See Also: absorb, area, auditory center, basketball player, basketball team, basketeer, bear on, bight, Bill Russell, bowels, Broca's area, Broca's center, Broca's convolution, Broca's gyrus, building, bull, bull's eye, burn center, cager, center, center of curvature, center of gravity, center of mass, center on, center out, central city, centre of curvature, centre of gravity, centrist, centroid, cerebrate, city center, civic center, civic center, class, cogitate, cognitive content, come to, community center, concentrate on, concern, conference center, conference house, content, control center, conversation piece, convolution of Broca, core, country, cynosure, displace, down town, edifice, eleven, engross, engulf, eye-catcher, financial center, five, focus on, football team, formation, haecceity, hear, hockey player, hockey team, hub, hypostasis, ice-hockey player, immerse, inner city, lineman, lineman, listen, medical center, mental object, mercantile establishment, middle of the roader, midfield, midstream, moderate, moderationist, move, municipal center, navel, navel point, neural structure, nombril, nucleus, object, olfactory brain, outfield, outlet, parcel, parcel of land, pertain, piece of ground, piece of land, place, plunge, point, position, property, quiddity, quintessence, recall, refer, relate, research center, research facility, respiratory center, retail store, revolve about, revolve around, rhinencephalon, Russell, sales outlet, seat, service club, single out, soak up, social class, socio-economic class, steep, storm center, storm centre, student center, stuff, take heed, think, touch, touch on, tract, Wernicke's area, Wernicke's center, William Felton Russell, zoom in



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cen"ter\, n. [F. centre, fr. L. centrum, fr. round which
    a circle is described, fr. ? to prick, goad.]
    1. A point equally distant from the extremities of a line,
       figure, or body, or from all parts of the circumference of
       a circle; the middle point or place.
    2. The middle or central portion of anything.
    3. A principal or important point of concentration; the
       nucleus around which things are gathered or to which they
       tend; an object of attention, action, or force; as, a
       center of attaction.
    4. The earth. [Obs.] --Shak.
    5. Those members of a legislative assembly (as in France) who
       support the existing government. They sit in the middle of
       the legislative chamber, opposite the presiding officer,
       between the conservatives or monarchists, who sit on the
       right of the speaker, and the radicals or advanced
       republicans who occupy the seats on his left, See {Right},
       and {Left}.
    6. (Arch.) A temporary structure upon which the materials of
       a vault or arch are supported in position until the work
       becomes self-supporting.
    7. (Mech.)
       (a) One of the two conical steel pins, in a lathe, etc.,
           upon which the work is held, and about which it
       (b) A conical recess, or indentation, in the end of a
           shaft or other work, to receive the point of a center,
           on which the work can turn, as in a lathe.
    Note: In a lathe the
    {live center} is in the spindle of the head stock; the
    {dead center} is on the tail stock.
    {Planer centers} are stocks carrying centers, when the object
       to be planed must be turned on its axis.
    {Center of an army}, the body or troops occupying the place
       in the line between the wings.
    {Center of a} {curve or surface} (Geom.)
       (a) A point such that every line drawn through the point
           and terminated by the curve or surface is bisected at
           the point.
       (b) The fixed point of reference in polar co["o]rdinates.
           See {Co["o]rdinates}.
    {Center of curvature of a curve} (Geom.), the center of that
       circle which has at any given point of the curve closer
       contact with the curve than has any other circle whatever.
       See {Circle}.
    {Center of a fleet}, the division or column between the van
       and rear, or between the weather division and the lee.
    {Center of gravity} (Mech.), that point of a body about which
       all its parts can be balanced, or which being supported,
       the whole body will remain at rest, though acted upon by
    {Center of gyration} (Mech.), that point in a rotating body
       at which the whole mass might be concentrated
       (theoretically) without altering the resistance of the
       intertia of the body to angular acceleration or
    {Center of inertia} (Mech.), the center of gravity of a body
       or system of bodies.
    {Center of motion}, the point which remains at rest, while
       all the other parts of a body move round it.
    {Center of oscillation}, the point at which, if the whole
       matter of a suspended body were collected, the time of
       oscillation would be the same as it is in the actual form
       and state of the body.
    {Center of percussion}, that point in a body moving about a
       fixed axis at which it may strike an obstacle without
       communicating a shock to the axis.
    {Center of pressure} (Hydros.), that point in a surface
       pressed by a fluid, at which, if a force equal to the
       whole pressure and in the same line be applied in a
       contrary direction, it will balance or counteract the
       whole pressure of the fluid.
  2. \Cen"ter\, Centre \Cen"tre\ v. i. [imp. & p. p.
    {Centered} or {Centred}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Centering} or
    1. To be placed in a center; to be central.
    2. To be collected to a point; to be concentrated; to rest
       on, or gather about, as a center.
             Where there is no visible truth wherein to center,
             error is as wide as men's fancies.    --Dr. H. More.
             Our hopes must center in ourselves alone. --Dryden.
  3. \Cen"ter\, Centre \Cen"tre\, v. t.
    1. To place or fix in the center or on a central point.
    2. To collect to a point; to concentrate.
             Thy joys are centered all in me alone. --Prior.
    3. (Mech.) To form a recess or indentation for the reception
       of a center.
  4. \Cen"ter\, or Centre \Cen"tre\, seal \seal\ . (Gas
    A compound hydraulic valve for regulating the passage of the
    gas through a set of purifiers so as to cut out each one in
    turn for the renewal of the lime.
  5. \Center\, or Centre \Centre\, punch \punch\ . (Mech.)
    (a) A punch for making indentations or dots in a piece of
        work, as for suspension between lathe centers, etc.
    (b) A punch for punching holes in sheet metal, having a small
        conical center to insure correct locating.
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