center

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[cen┬Ěter]

Whether you are the center of attention or hanging out at the recreation center, you are in the middle of it all.

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A point equally distant from the extremities of a line, figure, or body, or from all parts of the circumference of a circle; the middle point or place.

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a position on a basketball team of the player who participates in the center jump to start the game

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the position of the player on the line of scrimmage who puts the ball in play; "it is a center''s responsibility to get the football to the quarterback"

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the position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game

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a building dedicated to a particular activity; "they were raising money to build a new center for research"

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the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher; "he hit the ball to deep center"

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mercantile establishment consisting of a carefully landscaped complex of shops representing leading merchandisers; usually includes restaurants and a convenient parking area; a modern version of the traditional marketplace; "a good plaza should have a mov

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a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process; "in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere"

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the object upon which interest and attention focuses; "his stories made him the center of the party"

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the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor''s argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"

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the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering

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politically moderate persons; centrists

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the middle of a military or naval formation; "they had to reinforce the center"

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a place where some particular activity is concentrated; "they received messages from several centers"

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a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure

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an area that is approximately central within some larger region; "it is in the center of town"; "they ran forward into the heart of the struggle"; "they were in the eye of the storm"

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(football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback; "the center fumbled the handoff"

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(basketball) the person who plays center on a basketball team

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(ice hockey) the person who plays center on a hockey team

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direct one''s attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"

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move into the center; "That vase in the picture is not centered"

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center upon; "Her entire attention centered on her children"; "Our day revolved around our work"

Adjective
of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually


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A point equally distant from the extremities of a line, figure, or body, or from all parts of the circumference of a circle; the middle point or place.

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The middle or central portion of anything.

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A principal or important point of concentration; the nucleus around which things are gathered or to which they tend; an object of attention, action, or force; as, a center of attaction.

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The earth.

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Those members of a legislative assembly (as in France) who support the existing government. They sit in the middle of the legislative chamber, opposite the presiding officer, between the conservatives or monarchists, who sit on the right of the speaker, and the radicals or advanced republicans who occupy the seats on his left, See Right, and Left.

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A temporary structure upon which the materials of a vault or arch are supported in position until the work becomes self-supporting.

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One of the two conical steel pins, in a lathe, etc., upon which the work is held, and about which it revolves.

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A conical recess, or indentation, in the end of a shaft or other work, to receive the point of a center, on which the work can turn, as in a lathe.

v. i.
Alt. of Centre

v. t.
Alt. of Centre


Center

Cen"ter , n. [F. centre, fr. L. centrum, fr. round which a circle is described, fr. to prick, goad.] 1. A point equally distant from the extremities of a line, figure, or body, or from all parts of the circumference of a circle; the middle point or place. 2. The middle or central portion of anything. 3. A principal or important point of concentration; the nucleus around which things are gathered or to which they tend; an object of attention, action, or force; as, a center of attaction. 4. The earth. [Obs.] Shak. 5. Those members of a legislative assembly (as in France) who support the existing government. They sit in the middle of the legislative chamber, opposite the presiding officer, between the conservatives or monarchists, who sit on the right of the speaker, and the radicals or advanced republicans who occupy the seats on his left, See Right, and Left. 6. (Arch.) A temporary structure upon which the materials of a vault or arch are supported in position util the work becomes self-supporting. 7. (Mech.) (a) One of the two conical steel pins, in a lathe, etc., upon which the work is held, and about which it revolves. (b) A conical recess, or indentation, in the end of a shaft or other work, to receive the point of a center, on which the work can turn, as in a lathe. &hand; In a lathe the live center is in the spindle of the head stock; the dead center is on the tail stock. Planer centers are stocks carrying centers, when the object to be planed must be turned on its axis. Center of an army, the body or troops ossupying the place in the line between the wings. -- Center of a curve ∨ surface (Geom.) (a) A point such that every line drawn through the point and terminated by the curve or surface is bisected at the point. (b) The fixed point of reference in polar co'94rdinates. See Co'94rdinates. -- Center of curvature of a curve (Geom.), the center of that circle which has at any given point of the curve closer contact with the curve than has any other circle whatever. See Circle. -- Center of a fleet, the division or column between the van and rear, or between the weather division and the lee. -- Center of gravity (Mech.), that point of a body about which all its parts can be balanced, or which being supported, the whole body will remain at rest, though acted upon by gravity. -- Center of gyration (Mech.), that point in a rotating body at which the whole mass might be concentrated (theoretically) without altering the resistance of the intertia of the body to angular acceleration or retardaton. -- Center of inertia (Mech.), the center of gravity of a body or system of bodies. -- Center of motion, the point which remains at rest, while all the other parts of a body move round it. -- Center of oscillation, the point at which, if the whole matter of a suspended body were collected, the time of oscillation would be the same as it is in the actual form and state of the body. -- Center of percussion, that point in a body moving about a fixed axis at which it may strike an obstacle without communicating a shock to the axis. -- Center of pressure (Hydros.), that point in a surface pressed by a fluid, at which, if a force equal to the whole pressure and in the same line be applied in a contrary direction, it will balance or counteract the whole pressure of the fluid.

A point equally distant from the extremities of a line, figure, or body, or from all parts of the circumference of a circle; the middle point or place.

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Usage Examples

A canon is antithetical to everything the New York art world has been about for the past 40 years, during which we went from being the center of the art world to being one of many centers.

Having a child makes you strong and gives you chutzpah. It relaxed my attitude to the job my center of focus shifted, which I think is very helpful, because even if you're not a very indulgent actor you spend a lot of time thinking about yourself. I don't think that is particularly healthy.

I can't imagine dating a boy, meeting him only outside the home. What's a home and family for if it's not the center of one's life?

Death is someone you see very clearly with eyes in the center of your heart: eyes that see not by reacting to light, but by reacting to a kind of a chill from within the marrow of your own life.

A family can develop only with a loving woman as its center.

I am about to get involved with the biggest cancer hospital in Norway. They are building a fitness center to work with patients. I will be a consultant.

I grew up in a food-obsessed Italian family, so food was always front and center in my life. I was a food obsessed person who morphed into a comedian and tried to figure out a way to make fun of my cake and eat it too.

Hollywood is a cross between a health farm, a recreation center and an insane asylum. It's a company town, and I happen to like the company!

Here at home, when Americans were standing in long lines to give blood after the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, we squandered an obvious opportunity to make service a noble cause again, and rekindle an American spirit of community.

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Other Usage Examples

Affairs of state tend to drive most presidents toward the center on both foreign and domestic policy, no matter where on the political spectrum they begin, and especially so in the areas of intelligence and law enforcement.

At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.

I can help a lot of other people who've gone through the same thing by building a center that will help men and women who don't have the funds to take care of themselves and get the medical treatment.

Commitment means that it is possible for a man to yield the nerve center of his consent to a purpose or cause, a movement or an ideal, which may be more important to him than whether he lives or dies.

'The Panorama' is also the last place anywhere in New York where the World Trade Center still stands, whole, as it stood in the early morning of September 11. I can also see the corner where I saw the first tower fall and howled out loud. Seeing the buildings again here is uplifting, healing.

A group of us started a community center in Santa Monica. We've tried different programs, and three have worked really well. A poetry group. Once a week we visit Venice High and talk to girls at risk.

I don't believe there's any inherent darkness at the center of religion at all. I think religion actually is a morally neutral force.

CRATEL is a center with a two-fold mission - to explore technology as an expressive element and to use technology to bridge gaps between diverse groups of people.

As a pastor, you get invited into the most poignant moments of people's lives. Whether it's a wedding or a funeral or a hospital visit, you get invited into the center of the event, whether or not you know the people.

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