Origin of centric
- a combining form with the meanings “having a center or centers” of the specified number or kind (polycentric); “centered upon, focused around” that named by the first element (ethnocentric; heliocentric).
Origin of -centric
Related Words for centricparamount, key, important, pivotal, fundamental, basic, significant, essential, prime, salient, dominant, center, radical, median, primary, middle, chief, intermediate, master, ruling
Examples from the Web for centric
Historical Examples of centric
A reg'lar 'centric—but a reg'lar brick, cutting a wide swathe as he goes.The Right of Way, Complete
Cen′tricalness, Centric′ity; Cen′trum, the body of a vertebra.
With centric and eccentric scribbled o'er, / Cycle and epicycle, orb in orb.
He was kind to the poor, walked much, talked to himself as he walked, and was known by the humble sort as "a'centric."The Translation of a Savage, Complete
- being central or having a centre
- relating to or originating at a nerve centre
- Also: concentric(of vascular bundles) having one type of tissue completely surrounding the other
- (of leaves, such as those of the onion) cylindrical
- having a centre as specifiedheliocentric
Word Origin for -centric
Word Origin and History for centric
word-forming element meaning "having a center (of a certain kind); centered on," from Greek kentrikos "pertaining to a center," from kentron (see center (n.)).
- Situated at or near the center; central.
- Having a specified kind or number of centers:polycentric
- Having a specified object as the center:egocentric.