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Definitions of center

  1. center upon; " Her entire attention centered on her children"; " Our day revolved around our work"
  2. a position on a basketball team of the player who participates in the center jump to start the game
  3. 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"
  4. the position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game
  5. a building dedicated to a particular activity; " they were raising money to build a new center for research"
  6. the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher; " he hit the ball to deep center"
  7. a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process; " in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere"
  8. the object upon which interest and attention focuses; " his stories made him the center of the party"
  9. 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"
  10. the middle of a military or naval formation; " they had to reinforce the center"
  11. a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure
  12. equally distant from the extremes
  13. move into the center; " That vase in the picture is not centered"
  14. a place where some particular activity is concentrated; " they received messages from several centers"
  15. 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"
  16. ( football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback; " the center fumbled the handoff"
  17. the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering
  18. politically moderate persons; centrists
  19. ( basketball) the person who plays center on a basketball team
  20. ( ice hockey) the person who plays center on a hockey team
  21. direct one's attention on something; " Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"
  22. of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. The earth.
  26. 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.
  27. A temporary structure upon which the materials of a vault or arch are supported in position until the work becomes self- supporting.
  28. One of the two conical steel pins, in a lathe, etc., upon which the work is held, and about which it revolves.
  29. 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.
  30. Alt. of seal
  31. Alt. of punch
  32. Those members of a legislative assembly ( as in France) who support the existing government.
  33. That point of a circle or sphere which is equally distant from every point of the circumference; the middle point of anything; the part or place around which things are collected; as, the center of a rebellion.
  34. To place on or at the middle point; collect to a point.
  35. To be in the center; to converge in the middle. Also, centre.
  36. A middle point.
  37. See Centre.
  38. To place in or on a center; draw to a center; determine the center of; be or converge in the center.
  39. The middle point of anything, especially of a circle.
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Usage examples for center

  1. I have no longer any center. – The George Sand-Gustave Flaubert Letters by George Sand, Gustave Flaubert Translated by A.L. McKensie
  2. The stock is then changed to the other off- center points and the second side is cut down to the line. – A Course In Wood Turning by Archie S. Milton and Otto K. Wohlers
  3. What's that in the center? – The Blue Envelope by Roy J. Snell
  4. This battallion was to charge the center and to move first, Capt. – History of the Seventh Ohio Volunteer Cavalry by R. C. Rankin
  5. The Kiowas were seated about a great fire in the center of the village. – Three Sioux Scouts by Elmer Russell Gregor
  6. There is going to be a new freshman team before long, and I hope you will play center. – Marjorie Dean College Freshman by Pauline Lester
  7. For by this means both wings being broken, the enemies fell back in their retreat upon the center, and crowded in upon their elephants. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  8. Naturally the center of attraction, the young girl found herself forced to dance often. – A Man and His Money by Frederic Stewart Isham
  9. Mallory's spear struck Sir Galahad's shield dead center- and snapped in two. – A Knyght Ther Was by Robert F. Young
  10. They were neighborhood children, and Lila seemed to be the center of the circle. – In the Heart of a Fool by William Allen White
  11. His house stood rather far back from the street, in the center of a delightful garden, so that it was quiet and peaceful at the old gentleman's study window. – The Awakening and Selected Short Stories by Kate Chopin
  12. He turned on the single light above the desk in the center of the room. – The Gray Mask by Wadsworth Camp
  13. The center of gravity is still moving slowly towards the gulf of Mexico. – The Negro and the elective franchise. A Series Of Papers And A Sermon (The American Negro Academy. Occasional Papers, No. 11.) by Archibald H. Grimké, Charles C. Cook, John Hope, John L. Love, Kelly Miller, and Rev. Frank J. Grimké
  14. Gwen was the center of interest, and that pleased her greatly. – Princess Polly At Play by Amy Brooks
  15. And can a dog ever hope for a better day than that upon which his mistress becomes aware that she is also another's mistress: becomes aware that another is thinking of her and for her, nay, that she is the very center of that other's thoughts? – The King's Stratagem and Other Stories by Stanley J. Weyman
  16. The two detectives paused in the center of the room. – Whispering Wires by Henry Leverage
  17. He himself wasn't near the lake, which was to be the center of a vacation facility for people who liked the outdoors. – Operation Terror by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  18. " Perhaps for a moment you thought you were the center of the world again, but-" " Yes, I expect so." – Look Back on Happiness by Knut Hamsun
  19. They and her mother were evidently the supreme center of her life. – The Princess of the School by Angela Brazil
  20. The head of a public- school social center made it her business to inquire of fifty girls, all over sixteen, and probably none over eighteen how long each had held her present job. – The Trade Union Woman by Alice Henry
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