Definition of Center

1. Noun. An area that is approximately central within some larger region. "They were in the eye of the storm"

2. Verb. Center upon. "Our day revolved around our work"

3. Adjective. Equally distant from the extremes.
Exact synonyms: Halfway, Middle, Midway
Similar to: Central

4. Noun. The piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher. "He hit the ball to deep center"
Exact synonyms: Center Field, Centerfield
Group relationships: Outfield
Generic synonyms: Parcel, Parcel Of Land, Piece Of Ground, Piece Of Land, Tract

5. Verb. Direct one's attention on something. "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"
Exact synonyms: Centre, Concentrate, Focus, Pore, Rivet
Specialized synonyms: Absorb, Engross, Engulf, Immerse, Plunge, Soak Up, Steep, Recall, Think, Zoom In, Hear, Listen, Take Heed
Generic synonyms: Cerebrate, Cogitate, Think
Related verbs: Rivet
Derivative terms: Centering, Concentration, Concentration, Focus, Focusing, Focussing

6. Adjective. Of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually.
Similar to: Centrist, Middle-of-the-road
Antonyms: Left, Right

7. Noun. A building dedicated to a particular activity. "They were raising money to build a new center for research"

8. Verb. Move into the center. "That vase in the picture is not centered"
Exact synonyms: Centre
Generic synonyms: Displace, Move
Also: Center On
Derivative terms: Centre

9. Noun. A point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure.

10. Noun. The choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience. "The nub of the story"

11. Noun. The object upon which interest and attention focuses. "His stories made him the center of the party"
Exact synonyms: Center Of Attention, Centre, Centre Of Attention
Generic synonyms: Object
Specialized synonyms: Conversation Piece, Crosshairs, Cynosure, Eye-catcher
Derivative terms: Central

12. Noun. A cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process. "In most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere"

13. Noun. The middle of a military or naval formation. "They had to reinforce the center"
Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine
Generic synonyms: Formation

14. Noun. (basketball) the person who plays center on a basketball team.
Category relationships: Basketball, Basketball Game, Hoops
Generic synonyms: Basketball Player, Basketeer, Cager
Specialized synonyms: Bill Russell, Russell, William Felton Russell

15. Noun. (football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback. "The center fumbled the handoff"
Exact synonyms: Snapper
Category relationships: Football, Football Game
Generic synonyms: Lineman
Derivative terms: Snap

16. Noun. A place where some particular activity is concentrated. "They received messages from several centers"
Exact synonyms: Centre
Generic synonyms: Place, Property
Specialized synonyms: Nerve Center, Nerve Centre, Capital

17. Noun. Politically moderate persons; centrists.

18. Noun. (ice hockey) the person who plays center on a hockey team.
Category relationships: Hockey, Hockey Game, Ice Hockey
Generic synonyms: Hockey Player, Ice-hockey Player

19. Noun. The sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering.
Exact synonyms: Centre
Generic synonyms: Confection, Sweet
Substance meronyms: Chocolate Candy

20. 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. "They spent their weekends at the local malls"

21. Noun. The position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game.
Generic synonyms: Position
Group relationships: Hockey Team

22. 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"
Generic synonyms: Lineman
Group relationships: Eleven, Football Team

23. Noun. A position on a basketball team of the player who participates in the jump that starts the game.
Generic synonyms: Position
Group relationships: Basketball Team, Five

Definition of Center

1. n. 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. v. i. To be placed in a center; to be central.

3. v. t. To place or fix in the center or on a central point.

Definition of Center

1. Noun. The point in the interior of a circle or sphere that is equidistant from all points on the circumference. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

2. Noun. The middle portion of something; the part well away from the edges. ¹

3. Noun. (geometry) The point on a line that is midway between the ends. ¹

4. 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). ¹

5. Noun. A place where some function or activity occurs. ¹

6. Noun. A topic that is particularly important in a given context. ¹

7. Noun. (basketball) The player, generally the tallest, who plays closest to the basket. ¹

8. Noun. (ice hockey) The forward that generally plays between the left wing and right wing and usually takes the faceoffs. ¹

9. Noun. (American football) The person who holds the ball at the beginning of each play. ¹

10. Noun. (Canadian football) The person who holds the ball at the beginning of each play. ¹

11. Noun. (netball) A player who can go all over the court, except the shooting circles. ¹

12. Noun. (soccer) A pass played into the centre of the pitch. ¹

13. Noun. (rugby) One of the backs operating in a central area of the pitch, either the inside centre or outside centre. ¹

14. Adjective. Of, at, or related to a center. ¹

15. Verb. (transitive) To cause (an object) to occupy the center of an area. ¹

16. Verb. (transitive) To cause (some attribute, such as a mood or voltage) to be adjusted to a value which is midway between the extremes. ¹

17. Verb. (intransitive) To concentrate on (something), to pay close attention to (something). ¹

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Definition of Center

1. to place at the center (the midpoint) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Center

center (current term)
center back
center bit
center circle
center field
center fielder
center fielders
center forward
center line
center mark
center marks

Literary usage of Center

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1910)
"the paper with its center located at p. Concentrated at each end of the rod 1 — 2 ... When the system revolves about 0 as center, the point p will have a ..."

2. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1899)
"center, might differ widely in different individuals. ... This collection of cells forms the beginning of the higher auditory center, but it is never ..."

3. Psychology, General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1917)
"These two forms of partial aphasia indicate that the connection between the speech center and either the auditory or visual center maybe interrupted without ..."

4. A Text-book of Physiology: For Medical Students and Physicians by William Henry Howell (1907)
"If the connections of this center with the blood-vessels are destroyed ... Throughout life the vasoconstrictor center is in tone the intensity 1 Fig. 235. ..."

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