Geometry. the middle point, as the point within a circle or sphere equally distant from all points of the circumference or surface, or the point within a regular polygon equally distant from the vertices.
a point, pivot, axis, etc., around which anything rotates or revolves: The sun is the center of the solar system.
the source of an influence, action, force, etc.: the center of a problem.
a point, place, person, etc., upon which interest, emotion, etc., focuses: His family is the center of his life.
a principal point, place, or object: a shipping center.
a building or part of a building used as a meeting place for a particular group or having facilities for certain activities: a youth center; The company has a complete recreation center in the basement.
an office or other facility providing a specific service or dealing with a particular emergency: a flood-relief center; a crisis center.
a person, thing, group, etc., occupying the middle position, especially a body of troops.
the core or middle of anything: chocolate candies with fruit centers.
a store or establishment devoted to a particular subject or hobby, carrying supplies, materials, tools, and books as well as offering guidance and advice: a garden center; a nutrition center.
(usually initial capital letter)Government.
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.
Ice Hockey. a player who participates in a face-off at the beginning of play.
Baseball. center field.
Physiology. a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific organic process: the vasomotor center.
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.
to place in or on a center: She centered the clock on the mantelpiece.
to collect to or around a center; focus: He centered his novel on the Civil War.
to determine or mark the center of: A small brass star centered the tabletop.
to adjust, shape, or modify (an object, part, etc.) so that its axis or the like is in a central or normal position: to center the lens of a telescope; to center the work on a lathe.
to place (an object, part, etc.) so as to be equidistant from all bordering or adjacent areas.
Football. snap (def. 22).
to pass (a basketball, hockey puck, etc.) from any place along the periphery toward the middle of the playing area.
to be at or come to a center.
to come to a focus; converge; concentrate (followed by at, about, around, in, or on): The interest of the book centers specifically on the character of the eccentric hero. Political power in the town centers in the position of mayor.
to gather or accumulate in a cluster; collect (followed by at, about, around, in, or on): Shops and municipal buildings center around the city square.
Idioms about 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 .
- cen·ter·a·ble, adjective
- cen·ter·less, adjective
- su·per·cen·ter, noun
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How to use center in a sentence
The city attorney’s office remains at the center of that case, and is pursuing civil action against the property owner and organizer for maintaining a public nuisance.Despite Crackdown Announcement, Not Much COVID-19 Enforcement Is Happening | Jesse Marx | February 11, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
Barcelona arranged a two-week stay at La Masia, the club’s famed developmental center in Spain.Matthew Hoppe was a little-known American soccer player — until he reached the Bundesliga | Steven Goff | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
When ships arrived at Acapulco from Asia each year, arrieros loaded the cargo and carried it across mountains, vast forests and large river valleys to distant urban centers and innumerable nearby pueblos.The problem of environmental racism in Mexico today is rooted in history | Jayson Porter | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
Social distancing measures and the rising popularity of e-commerce have continued to hurt foot traffic and sales at many malls and outlet centers, even during the holidays.America’s largest mall operator is especially optimistic about Florida | Karen Ho | February 10, 2021 | Quartz
The Chiefs managed just nine points, their lowest offensive output with Mahomes starting under center.That really was one of the least enjoyable Super Bowls of all time | Neil Greenberg | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
Note: UNICOR uses its inmates for everything from call center operators to human demolishers of old computers.How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’ | Michael Howard | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
It is the only tourist center Ukraine has left on the Black Sea, since Russia annexed Crimea last spring.
The resources were what you might expect: Dining room, a media center, a library, a TV room, a meeting room, a computer room.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside | Justin Rohrlich | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Adam Thierer is a senior research fellow with the Technology Policy Program at the Mercatus center at George Mason University.Why Do ‘Progressives’ Want to Ban Uber and AirBnB? | Adam Thierer, Christopher Koopman | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The controlling center of consciousness is the extreme limit of the nares anteri.Expressive Voice Culture | Jessie Eldridge Southwick
In the center of the river line stood the imposing red sandstone palace of Bahadur Shah, last of the Moguls.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
The artillery and 81st were on the right of the line, the native infantry in the center, and the sowars on the left.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
Touch the center of a cover-glass to the top of the drop and quickly place it, blood side down, upon a slide.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
The buildings grew higher toward the center of the dome, but I stopped while they were still two stories.Fee of the Frontier | Horace Brown Fyfe
British Dictionary definitions for center
the US spelling of centre
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Other Idioms and Phrases with center
In addition to the idiom beginning with center
- center of attraction, the
- front and center
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