A state of anarchy now prevailed for a time; and inter-tribal combats took place all over the islands, centring about Apia.
The business portion of the town, centring about Main Street, was always crowded.
But La Testolina's eyes were like pin-points, centring all her alarms.
His universe was changing, was centring in that man before him, that man who understood.
The lower Willamette Valley, centring at Portland, has become fairly swarming with electric roads.
The fact that she was centring her attention on him was in itself flattering.
In a shop in a certain optical munitions factory I met the first woman who worked a centring machine in that area.
During the erection of the cupola, no centring is required, as in the case of the arch.
The main part of the interest in Greek and Turkish affairs is centring itself along the Greek frontier.
Of late months I have had a difficulty in centring my thoughts on what I read.
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.