centering

[ sen-ter-ing ]
/ ˈsɛn tər ɪŋ /

noun

a temporary framework for supporting a masonry arch during construction until it is able to stand by itself.

Origin of centering

First recorded in 1760–70; center + -ing1

Definition for centering (2 of 2)

center

[ sen-ter ]
/ ˈsɛn tər /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Also especially British, cen·tre.

Origin of center

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

Related forms

cen·ter·a·ble, adjectivecen·ter·less, adjectivesu·per·cen·ter, noun

Usage note

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for centering (1 of 2)

centering

/ (ˈsɛntərɪŋ) /

noun

a US spelling of centring

British Dictionary definitions for centering (2 of 2)

center

/ (ˈsɛntə) /

noun, verb

the US spelling of centre
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Medicine definitions for centering

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 centering

center


In addition to the idiom beginning with center

  • center of attraction, the

also see:

  • front and center
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