noun, verb, cen·tred, cen·tring. Chiefly British.
- 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
Synonyms for center
Antonyms for center
Examples from the Web for centres
Contemporary Examples of centres
These centres of academic excellence, it appears, are also breeding grounds for eating disorders.Are Britain’s Private Schools Breeding Grounds For Anorexia?
March 3, 2014
Historical Examples of centres
And these are the centres of society, on which it returns for fresh impulses.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Prevention is better than cure," is the motto of these Centres.
In a hundred little ways these Centres give help and instruction.
The offices and banks in Milan are centres of incessant energy.Italy, the Magic Land
The diagram at bottom is to show the centres of heels in line with target.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
- the midpoint of any line or figure, esp the point within a circle or sphere that is equidistant from any point on the circumference or surface
- the point within a body through which a specified force may be considered to act, such as the centre of gravity
- a political party or group favouring moderation, esp the moderate members of a legislative assembly
- (as modifier)a Centre-Left alliance
- a player who plays in the middle of the forward line
- the act or an instance of passing the ball from a wing to the middle of the field, court, etc
- the position of a player who jumps for the ball at the start of play
- the player in this position
- the ring around the bull's eye
- a shot that hits this ring
Word Origin for centre
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