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Definition of "centre" []

  • Chiefly British Variant of center. (noun)
  • The midpoint of any line or figure, esp the point within a circle or sphere that is equidistant from any point on the circumference or surface (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The point within a body through which a specified force may be considered to act, such as the centre of gravity (noun)
  • The point, axis, or pivot about which a body rotates (noun)
  • A point, area, or part that is approximately in the middle of a larger area or volume (noun)
  • A place at which some specified activity is concentrated (noun)
  • A person or thing that is a focus of interest (noun)
  • A place of activity or influence (noun)
  • A person, group, policy, or thing in the middle (noun)
  • A political party or group favouring moderation, esp the moderate members of a legislative assembly (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • Any part of the central nervous system that regulates a specific function (noun)
  • A bar with a conical point upon which a workpiece or part may be turned or ground (noun)
  • A punch mark or small conical hole in a part to be drilled, which enables the point of the drill to be located accurately (noun)
  • A player who plays in the middle of the forward line (noun)
  • The act or an instance of passing the ball from a wing to the middle of the field, court, etc (noun)
  • The position of a player who jumps for the ball at the start of play (noun)
  • The player in this position (noun)
  • The ring around the bull's eye (noun)
  • A shot that hits this ring (noun)
  • To move towards, mark, put, or be at a centre (verb)
  • To focus or bring together (verb)
  • To have as a main point of view or theme (verb)
  • To adjust or locate (a workpiece or part) using a centre (verb)
  • To have as a centre (verb)
  • To pass (the ball) into the middle of the field or court (verb)

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Use "centre" in a sentence
  • "This method is that of grouping parts around centres, and several of such groups around larger centres, upward and onward indefinitely; while in living beings, according to their complexity, each individual part, and each individual group of parts with its centre, _is left free to move within its own sphere, yet at the same time is harmonized with the movements of its neighbors through the medium of the common centre_."
  • "At the lower part of the area which controls the muscles of the different parts of the body, above and a little in front of the tip of the ear, lies a very important centre, which controls the movements of the tongue and lips, and is known as the _speech centre_."
  • "He therefore ordered his heaviest ship, the _Cornwall_, 74, to go there from the centre, exchanging places with the _Centurion_, 50, and at the same time signalled the fleet to close _to the centre_, -- a detail worth remembering in view of Rodney's frustrated manoeuvre of April 17th,"