[ sen-ter-ing ]
See synonyms for: centeringcenterings on

  1. 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

Words Nearby centering Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use centering in a sentence

  • Principally to ensure military dominance, the conquerors made many main roads, mostly centering in London.

    The Towns of Roman Britain | James Oliver Bevan
  • So far as he could learn, the animal seemed to be centering its attention on the caravan that had halted.

    The Outdoor Chums After Big Game | Captain Quincy Allen
  • With action his shyness vanished and centering his attention on the square case in his hand a cry of pleasure escaped him.

  • Sponging is another important branch of industry centering here—the entire coast being composed of reefs and keys.

  • It is the business of the railways centering in Chicago to send the products from Chicago in every direction.

British Dictionary definitions for centering


/ (ˈsɛntərɪŋ) /

  1. a US spelling of centring

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