n.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.
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 until the work becomes self-supporting.
7.(Mech.) One of the two conical steel pins, in a lathe, etc., upon which the work is held, and about which it revolves.
Center of an army
the body or troops occupying the place in the line between the wings.
Center of a curve
a - (Geom.) 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 coördinates. See Coördinates.
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 retardation.
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.
v. i.1.To be placed in a center; to be central.
2.To be collected to a point; to be concentrated; to rest on, or gather about, as a center.
Our hopes must center in ourselves alone.
- Dryden.
v. t.1.To place or fix in the center or on a central point.
2.To collect to a point; to concentrate.
3.(Mech.) To form a recess or indentation for the reception of a center.
Noun1.center - 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"
Synonyms: middle, centre, eye, heart
2.center - the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher; "he hit the ball to deep center"
Synonyms: center field
3.center - a building dedicated to a particular activity; "they were raising money to build a new center for research"
Synonyms: centre
4.center - a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure
Synonyms: midpoint, centre
5.center - 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"
6.center - the object upon which interest and attention focuses; "his stories made him the center of the party"
7.center - a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process; "in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere"
8.center - the middle of a military or naval formation; "they had to reinforce the center"
9.center - (basketball) the person who plays center on a basketball team
10.center - (football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback; "the center fumbled the handoff"
Synonyms: snapper
11.center - a place where some particular activity is concentrated; "they received messages from several centers"
Synonyms: centre
12.center - politically moderate persons; centrists
13.center - (ice hockey) the person who plays center on a hockey team
14.center - the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering
Synonyms: centre
15.center - 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 movie house"; "they spent their weekends at the local malls"
16.center - the position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game
17.center - 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"
18.center - a position on a basketball team of the player who participates in the center jump to start the game
Verb1.center - center upon; "Her entire attention centered on her children"; "Our day revolved around our work"
2.center - direct one's attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"
3.center - move into the center; "That vase in the picture is not centered"
Synonyms: centre
Adj.1.center - equally distant from the extremes
Synonyms: halfway, midway, middle
2.center - of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually
left - of or belonging to the political or intellectual left
right - of or belonging to the political or intellectual right
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