a tapered rod, mounted in the headstock spindle of a lathe, upon which the work to be turned is placed.: Compare dead center (def. 3b).
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How to use live center in a sentence
Never drive the wood onto the live center while in the spindle because serious injury may be done the machine by such practice.
Then replace the live center by taking the stock and center and forcing it into the spindle by a sudden push of the hand.
Take the live center from the spindle and with a wooden mallet drive the spur deep into the wood.