center

[ sen-ter ]
/ ˈsɛn tər /
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. centenarian,
  2. centenary,
  3. centenionalis,
  4. centennial,
  5. centennial state,
  6. center back,
  7. center bit,
  8. center field,
  9. center fielder,
  10. center forward

Idioms

    on center, from the centerline or midpoint of a structural member, an area of a plan, etc., to that of a similar member, area, etc.: The studs are set 30 inches on center. Abbreviation: o.c.

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

SYNONYMS FOR center
1. See middle.

ANTONYMS FOR center
1. edge.

Related formscen·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 centerless

center

/ (ˈsɛntə) /

noun, verb

the US spelling of centre
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for centerless
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for centerless

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 centerless

center

In addition to the idiom beginning with center

  • center of attraction, the

also see:

  • front and center
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