- center wheel,
- center-pivot irrigation,
- center-weighted light meter,
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.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of center
Examples from the Web for 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|Marlow Stern|October 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Since the 1920s, beauty pageants have been centered on these superficial qualities.
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’|Ross Wetzsteon|April 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This resurgence has been centered in Texas, which created nearly a million new jobs between 2007 and 2013.
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|Marlow Stern|January 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He brushed aside these thoughts, and centered his interest in the game which was about to begin.The Grey Cloak|Harold MacGrath
Conscientious conduct for the Hebrew centered in doing the will of God; for the Greek, in finding rational standards of good.Ethics|John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
Her mind had been centered on the desk—that the Book must surely be in it.The Princess Dehra|John Reed Scott
When the vase is perfectly dry it should be set on the wheel, centered and slowly revolved.The Potter's Craft|Charles F. Binns
Their chief concern continues to be centered too exclusively upon the cattle and the hogs and the corn.Farm Boys and Girls|William Arch McKeever
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