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  1. cen·ter
    IPA[ˈsen(t)ər]
  2. noun

    • 1. the middle point of a circle or sphere, equidistant from every point on the circumference or surface.

    • 2. a point or part that is equally distant from all sides, ends, or surfaces of something:

      the center of the ceiling the center of a vast territory
    • 3. a political party or group holding moderate opinions:

      a new center party
    • 4. (in many sports) the middle player in a line or group:

      many coaches instruct their center to charge viciously on all plays
    • 5. the player who is positioned near the basket and is typically tallest on the team:

      only 10 centers averaged more than 10 points per game last year
    • 6. a core, such as the filling in a piece of chocolate:

      truffles with liqueur centers
    • 7. a pivot or axis of rotation:

      the galactic rotation of the solar system around the galactic center
    • 8. short for center field

    • 9. a conical adjustable support for a workpiece in a lathe or similar machine.

    • 10. the point from which an activity or process is directed, or on which it is focused:

      the city was a center of discontent two issues at the center of the healthcare debate
    • 11. the most important place in the respect specified:

      Geneva was then the center of the international world
    • 12. a place or group of buildings where a specified activity is concentrated:

      a center for medical research a shopping center

    verb

    • 1. occur mainly in or around (a specified place):

      the mercantile association was centered in northern Germany
    • 2. have or cause to have (a specified concern or theme):

      the case centers around the couple's adopted children the plot centers on two young men he is centering his discussion on an analysis of patterns of mortality
    • 3. place in the middle:

      to center the needle, turn the knob
    • 4. (in soccer, hockey, and other team games) kick, hit, or throw the ball from the side to the middle of the playing area:

      he centered from a difficult position on the left
    • 5. pass (the ball) back from the ground to another player to begin a down; snap:

      West Virginia's offense lined up to center the ball
    • 6. play the central position in (a line of three forwards):

      Derlago will center Leafs' No. 1 line with Vaive and Clark on wings
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: centre, plural noun: centres

    • v.: verb: centre, 3rd person present: centres, gerund or present participle: centring, past tense: centred, past participle: centred

    • adjective

      placed or situated in the center.

      having the specified subject as the focal element:

    • noun

      the point that is equally distant from every point on the circumference of a circle or sphere.

      a point or part that is equally distant from all sides, ends, or surfaces of something:

    • verb

      occur mainly in or around (a specified place):

      have or cause to have (a specified concern or theme):

    • adjective

      placed or situated in the centre.

      having a specified subject as the most important or focal element:

    • noun

      the action or process of placing something in the middle of something else.

      framing used to support an arch or dome while it is under construction.

    • a region of central France, including the cities of Orleans, Tours, and Chartres.
    • noun

      the center of a stage:

      the most prominent position:

    • adverb

      at or toward the middle of a stage:

      in or toward the most prominent position:

    • adjective

      situated not quite in the center of something:

      strange or eccentric:

    • adverb

      not quite in the center of something:
    • noun

      the midpoint of a basketball court, in particular the spot precisely in the center where tipoffs take place at the start of each period:

      a large centrally located tennis court at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in the London suburb of Wimbledon, used for the most popular matches of the Wimbledon Championships:

    • noun

      a group of closely connected nerve cells that perform a particular function in the body; a ganglion.

      the control center of an organization or operation:

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