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Center Definition

Noun: center  sen-tur
Usage: US (elsewhere: centre)

  1. An area that is approximately central within some larger region
    "it is in the center of town";
    - centre [Brit, Cdn], middle, heart, eye
  2. The piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher
    "he hit the ball to deep center";
    - center field [US], centerfield [US], centre field [Brit, Cdn], centre [Brit, Cdn]
  3. A building dedicated to a particular activity
    "they were raising money to build a new center for research";
    - centre [Brit, Cdn]
  4. A point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure
    - centre [Brit, Cdn], midpoint
  5. The choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
    "the center of the prosecutor's argument";
    - kernel, substance, core, centre [Brit, Cdn], essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty
  6. The object upon which interest and attention focuses
    "his stories made him the center of the party";
    - centre [Brit, Cdn], center of attention [US], centre of attention [Brit, Cdn]
  7. A cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process
    "in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere";
    - centre [Brit, Cdn], nerve center [US], nerve centre [Brit, Cdn]
  8. (military) the middle of a military or naval formation
    "they had to reinforce the center";
    - centre [Brit, Cdn]
  9. (basketball) the person who plays center on a basketball team
    - centre [Brit, Cdn]
  10. (football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback
    "the center fumbled the handoff";
    - snapper, centre [Brit, Cdn]
  11. A place where some particular activity is concentrated
    "they received messages from several centers";
    - centre [Brit, Cdn]
  12. Politically moderate persons; centrists
    - centre [Brit, Cdn]
  13. (ice hockey) the person who plays center on a hockey team
    - centre [Brit, Cdn]
  14. The sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering
    - centre [Brit, Cdn]
  15. 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 center should have a movie house"; "a good shopping center should have a movie house";
    - plaza, mall, shopping mall, shopping center [US], shopping centre [Brit, Cdn], centre [Brit, Cdn]
  16. The position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game
    - centre [Brit, Cdn]
  17. (American football) 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";
    - centre [Brit, Cdn]
  18. A position on a basketball team of the player who participates in the jump that starts the game
    - centre [Brit, Cdn]
Verb: center  sen-tur
Usage: US (elsewhere: centre)
  1. Center upon
    "Her entire attention centered on her children";
    - focus on, center on [US], revolve around, revolve about, concentrate on, centre on [Brit, Cdn], centre [Brit, Cdn]
  2. Direct one's attention on something
    - concentrate, focus, centre [Brit, Cdn], pore, rivet
  3. Move into the center
    "That vase in the picture is not centered";
    - centre [Brit, Cdn]
Adjective: center  sen-tur
Usage: US (elsewhere: centre)
  1. Equally distant from the extremes
    - halfway, middle, midway, centre [Brit, Cdn]
  2. Of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually
    - centre [Brit, Cdn]

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