Joel's interest seemed to be centred upon one particular piece, and he watched all its movements with the eagerness of a child.
The silk-brocade industry is centred chiefly in this city and Basel.
All my hopes were centred in my daughter, the daughter of whom you have deprived me.
I was happy, because all my affections were centred in you; and I believed that you might also be so.
The three composing the main party did not speak, for all their senses were centred in those of sight and hearing.
I thought all the force was centred here in this State and on the Canada line.
The only light was centred upon the desk, so he might have been some god pacing cloud-riven Olympus in the twilight.
His future was centred on one event––the coming of a letter.
Every faculty was now centred on the woman in front of him, and on her life.
Pete drew up the third chair, and then all interest was centred on the child.
late 14c., "middle point of a circle; point round which something revolves," from Old French centre (14c.), from Latin centrum "center," originally fixed point of the two points of a drafting compass, from Greek kentron "sharp point, goad, sting of a wasp," from kentein "stitch," from PIE root *kent- "to prick" (cf. Breton kentr "a spur," Welsh cethr "nail," Old High German hantag "sharp, pointed").
Figuratively from 1680s. Meaning "the middle of anything" attested from 1590s. Spelling with -re popularized in Britain by Johnson's dictionary (following Bailey's), though -er is older and was used by Shakespeare, Milton, and Pope. Center of gravity is recorded from 1650s. Center of attention is from 1868.
1590s, "to concentrate at a center," from center (n.). Related: Centered; centering. Meaning "to rest as at a center" is from 1620s. Sports sense of "to hit toward the center" is from 1890. To be centered on is from 1713. In combinations, -centered is attested by 1958.
center cen·ter (sěn'tər)
A point or place in the body that is equally distant from its sides or outer boundaries; the middle.
A group of neurons in the central nervous system that control a particular function.