Associations to the word «Center»


CENTER, noun. The point in the interior of a circle or sphere that is equidistant from all points on the circumference. [from 14th c.]
CENTER, noun. The middle portion of something; the part well away from the edges.
CENTER, noun. (geometry) The point on a line that is midway between the ends.
CENTER, noun. (geometry) The point in the interior of any figure of any number of dimensions that has as its coordinates the arithmetic mean of the coordinates of all points on the perimeter of the figure (or of all points in the interior for a center of volume).
CENTER, noun. A place where some function or activity occurs.
CENTER, noun. A topic that is particularly important in a given context.
CENTER, noun. (basketball) The player, generally the tallest, who plays closest to the basket.
CENTER, noun. (ice hockey) The forward that generally plays between the left wing and right wing and usually takes the faceoffs.
CENTER, noun. (American football) The person who holds the ball at the beginning of each play.
CENTER, noun. (Canadian football) The person who holds the ball at the beginning of each play.
CENTER, noun. (netball) A player who can go all over the court, except the shooting circles.
CENTER, noun. (soccer) A pass played into the centre of the pitch.
CENTER, noun. (rugby) One of the backs operating in a central area of the pitch, either the inside centre or outside centre.
CENTER, noun. (architecture) A temporary structure upon which the materials of a vault or arch are supported in position until the work becomes self-supporting.
CENTER, noun. (engineering) One of the two conical steel pins in a lathe, etc., upon which the work is held, and about which it revolves.
CENTER, noun. (engineering) 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.
CENTER, noun. (politics) The ensemble of moderate or centrist political parties.
CENTER, adjective. Of, at, or related to a center.
CENTER, verb. (transitive) To cause (an object) to occupy the center of an area.
CENTER, verb. (transitive) To cause (some attribute, such as a mood or voltage) to be adjusted to a value which is midway between the extremes.
CENTER, verb. (transitive) To give (something) a central basis.
CENTER, verb. (intransitive) To concentrate on (something), to pay close attention to (something).
CENTER, verb. (engineering) To form a recess or indentation for the reception of a center.
CENTER BACK, noun. Alternative form of centre-back
CENTER CIRCLE, noun. Alternative form of centre circle
CENTER FIELD, noun. (baseball) The part of a baseball field which is beyond the infield and straight ahead left if you stand on home plate and face the pitcher.
CENTER FIELD, noun. (baseball) The defensive position in the outfield in the middle, typically played by a player that can run fast.
CENTER FIELD, noun. (idiomatic) A central role in some activity that requires speed.
CENTER FIELDER, noun. (baseball) the outfield defensive player who stands in the middle of the field
CENTER FIELDERS, noun. Plural of center fielder
CENTER FORWARD, noun. Alternative form of centre forward
CENTER FORWARDS, noun. Plural of center forward
CENTER MARK, noun. (engineering) A symbol used to mark the center of a circle or partial circle on an engineering drawing.
CENTER MARKS, noun. Plural of center mark
CENTER OF ATTENTION, noun. US spelling of centre of attention
CENTER OF BUOYANCY, noun. American spelling standard spelling of centre of buoyancy.
CENTER OF CURVATURE, noun. American spelling standard spelling of centre of curvature.
CENTER OF EFFORT, noun. American spelling standard spelling of centre of effort.
CENTER OF GRAVITY, noun. (physics) A point, near or within a body, through which its weight can be assumed to act when considering forces on the body and its motion under gravity. This coincides with the center of mass in a uniform gravitational field.
CENTER OF GRAVITY, noun. (metaphorical) Any pivotal or central idea or group.
CENTER OF INERTIA, noun. American spelling standard spelling of centre of inertia.
CENTER OF LIFT, noun. American spelling standard spelling of centre of lift.
CENTER OF MASS, noun. American spelling standard spelling of centre of mass.
CENTER OF SYMMETRY, noun. US spelling of centre of symmetry
CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE, proper noun. (US) (slang) a nickname for New York City
CENTER PUNCH, verb. To create a small hole or indentation in a workpiece as a guide in preparation for drilling
CENTER PUNCH, noun. (countable) a device used to create a small indentation in preparation for drilling a hole
CENTER PUNCH, noun. (countable) the small indentation created by such a device
CENTER PUNCHES, noun. Plural of center punch
CENTER PUNCHES, verb. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of center punch
CENTER SPOT, noun. (sports) In various sports, a visible or non-visible spot at the center of the playing surface.
CENTER SPREAD, noun. In a publication and particularly a magazine, the two central pages, which belong to the same paper and face each other: the most visible part.
CENTER SQUARE, noun. A tool used to find the center of a circle, consisting of two perpendicular straight-edges, both placed tangent to the circular piece, and a third straight-edge which bisects the angle between the other two.
CENTER STAGE, noun. The area in the center of the stage, especially one towards the front.
CENTER STAGE, noun. (by extension) An important or prominent position.

Dictionary definition

CENTER, noun. 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".
CENTER, noun. The piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher; "he hit the ball to deep center".
CENTER, noun. A building dedicated to a particular activity; "they were raising money to build a new center for research".
CENTER, noun. A point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure.
CENTER, noun. 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".
CENTER, noun. The object upon which interest and attention focuses; "his stories made him the center of the party".
CENTER, noun. A cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process; "in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere".
CENTER, noun. The middle of a military or naval formation; "they had to reinforce the center".
CENTER, noun. (basketball) the person who plays center on a basketball team.
CENTER, noun. (football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback; "the center fumbled the handoff".
CENTER, noun. A place where some particular activity is concentrated; "they received messages from several centers".
CENTER, noun. Politically moderate persons; centrists.
CENTER, noun. (ice hockey) the person who plays center on a hockey team.
CENTER, noun. The sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering.
CENTER, noun. 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".
CENTER, noun. The position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game.
CENTER, noun. (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".
CENTER, noun. A position on a basketball team of the player who participates in the jump that starts the game.
CENTER, verb. Center upon; "Her entire attention centered on her children"; "Our day revolved around our work".
CENTER, verb. Direct one's attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies".
CENTER, verb. Move into the center; "That vase in the picture is not centered".
CENTER, adjective. Equally distant from the extremes.
CENTER, adjective. Of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually.

Wise words

We should have a great fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves.
John Locke