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center

[ sen-ter ]
/ ˈsɛn tər /
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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Idioms for center

    on center, from the centerline or midpoint of a structural member, an area of a plan, etc., to that of a similar member, area, etc.: The studs are set 30 inches on center.Abbreviation: o.c.
Also especially British, cen·tre .

Origin of center

First recorded in 1325–75; variant of Middle English centre, from Latin centrum, from Greek kéntron “needle, spur, pivoting point in drawing a circle,” derivative of kenteîn “to sting”

synonym study for center

1. See middle.

usage note for center

28. Although sometimes condemned for alleged illogicality, the phrases center about and center around have appeared in edited writing for more than a century to express the sense of gathering or collecting as if around a center: The objections center around the question of fiscal responsibility.

OTHER WORDS FROM center

cen·ter·a·ble, adjectivecen·ter·less, adjectivesu·per·cen·ter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for center

center
/ (ˈsɛntə) /

noun, verb

the US spelling of centre
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for center

center
[ sĕntər ]

n.

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.
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Idioms and Phrases with center

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