- 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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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|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|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|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|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 artillery and 81st were on the right of the line, the native infantry in the center, and the sowars on the left.
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
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- center of attraction, the
- front and center