Definitions of center

  1. To place in or on a center; draw to a center; determine the center of; be or converge in the center.
  2. To place on or at the middle point; collect to a point.
  3. To be in the center; to converge in the middle. Also, centre.
  4. move into the center; " That vase in the picture is not centered"
  5. 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"
  6. the position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game
  7. the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher; " he hit the ball to deep center"
  8. a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process; " in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere"
  9. the object upon which interest and attention focuses; " his stories made him the center of the party"
  10. 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"
  11. the middle of a military or naval formation; " they had to reinforce the center"
  12. a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure
  13. a place where some particular activity is concentrated; " they received messages from several centers"
  14. ( football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback; " the center fumbled the handoff"
  15. the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering
  16. politically moderate persons; centrists
  17. ( basketball) the person who plays center on a basketball team
  18. ( ice hockey) the person who plays center on a hockey team
  19. of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. A temporary structure upon which the materials of a vault or arch are supported in position until the work becomes self- supporting.
  24. One of the two conical steel pins, in a lathe, etc., upon which the work is held, and about which it revolves.
  25. 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.
  26. Alt. of seal
  27. Alt. of punch
  28. Those members of a legislative assembly ( as in France) who support the existing government.
  29. The middle point of anything, especially of a circle.
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