- the part of a legislative assembly, especially in continental Europe, that sits in the center of the chamber, a position customarily assigned to members of the legislature who hold political views intermediate between those of the Right and Left.
- the members of such an assembly who sit in the Center.
- the political position of persons who hold moderate views.
- politically moderate persons, taken collectively; Centrists; middle-of-the-roaders: Unfortunately, his homeland has always lacked a responsible Center.
- a lineman who occupies a position in the middle of the line and who puts the ball into play by tossing it between his legs to a back.
- the position played by this lineman.
- a player who participates in a center jump.
- the position of the player in the center of the court, where the center jump takes place at the beginning of play.
- the mean position of a figure or system.
- the set of elements of a group that commute with every element of the group.
- a tapered rod, mounted in the headstock spindle (live center) or the tailstock spindle (dead center) of a lathe, upon which the work to be turned is placed.
- one of two similar points on some other machine, as a planing machine, enabling an object to be turned on its axis.
- a tapered indentation, in a piece to be turned on a lathe, into which a center is fitted.
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OTHER WORDS FROM centercen·ter·a·ble, adjectivecen·ter·less, adjectivesu·per·cen·ter, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for center
So not only will the GOP have control in the Senate, it will move the center of gravity on Capitol Hill hard to starboard.The Democrats’ Black Hole—and What They Can Do About It|Michael Tomasky|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ebb and flow, checks and balances, the center would hold, et cetera.A Veteran’s View: NYC Cold War Between Cops and City Hall|Matt Gallagher|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bake on the center rack of the oven for 40 to 50 minutes or until set.
The Center has helped so many people in so many different ways.
Art is something that has been a highlight at The Center since its first group show—“The Center Show”—in 1989.
Running from thence down the line of dots toward the center we reach Kan, immediately above which is the character for 13.Notes on Certain Maya and Mexican Manuscripts|Cyrus Thomas
The public library is to be the center of all the activities that make for social efficiency.Why do we need a public library?|Various
Lindsay stood in the center of the room, contemplating the door which led backward into the rest of the apartment.Out of the Air|Inez Haynes Irwin
Apple was the center of an excited crowd of scouts for there had been no sleep in camp that night.The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters|Charles Henry Lerrigo
His floor was painted drab, and in the center were the sun and solar system depicted in yellow.The Pot of Gold|Mary E. Wilkins
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In addition to the idiom beginning with center
- center of attraction, the
- front and center