Origin of centered
- 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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Origin of center
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Related Words for centeredmeet, attract, gather, intensify, focus, consolidate, centralize, unify, collect, join, concenter, focalize
Examples from the Web for centered
Contemporary Examples of centered
Season 4, like the beginning of the series, is centered on another failed drone strike.‘Homeland’ Creator Talks Season 4’s ‘Reboot,’ Life After Brody, and How ISIS Will Affect the Show
October 6, 2014
Since the 1920s, beauty pageants have been centered on these superficial qualities.24 Is Not Too “Old” to Compete for Miss America
June 27, 2014
Adelaide isn't just a doll letting things happen to her, she's a complicated and centered character with a lot at stake.New York’s Greatest Show Or How They Did Not Screw Up ‘Guys and Dolls’
April 6, 2014
This resurgence has been centered in Texas, which created nearly a million new jobs between 2007 and 2013.Forget What the Pundits Tell You, Coastal Cities are Old News - it’s the Sunbelt that’s Booming
March 1, 2014
The movie, shot entirely in black-and-white, centered on a trio of Texan palookas who fancy themselves an elite heist squad.‘Whiplash’ Is Sundance’s Hottest Film, A Music-Themed Drama Starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons
January 24, 2014
Historical Examples of centered
In the next years, for weeks at a time my life was centered on Sam and his gang.The Harbor
The telescopes of the world were centered now on just one object in the heavens.
In a few moments all his interest was centered about the gathering of the villagers.The Law-Breakers
Her thoughts were centered in that adjoining room and she wondered why he delayed.Keziah Coffin
Joseph C. Lincoln
Every thought in his inadequate brain was centered round his wife.The Twins of Suffering Creek
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.
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with center
- center of attraction, the
- front and center