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center

noun

1 center

An area that is approximately central within some larger region:
— It is in the center of town.

synonyms: centre, eye, heart, middle.

Roget 68: middle, midst, mediety, mean etc. 29; medium, middle term; center etc. 222, mid-course etc. 628; ... show more

Roget 74: focus; point of convergence etc. 290; corradiation; center etc. 222; gathering place, resort haunt retreat; venue; rendezvous; rallying point, headquarters, ... show more

Dutch: hart, kern
Polish: centrum



2 center

The piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher:
— He hit the ball to deep center.

synonyms: center field, centerfield.

3 center

A building dedicated to a particular activity:
— They were raising money to build a new center for research.

synonym: centre.

Dutch: centrum, middelpunt

4 center

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

synonyms: centre, midpoint.

Dutch: middelpunt, centrum, middelstuk, midden, middengedeelte, middenstuk
Polish: środek, centrum, serce

5 center

The choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience.

synonyms: centre, core, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, kernel, marrow, meat ... show more.

Roget 222: centrality, centricalness, center; middle etc. 68; focus etc. 74.    core, kernel; nucleus, nucleolus; ... show more

Dutch: bijzonderheid, kerngedachte, essentialia, essentie, grond, hoofdpunt, hoofdzaak, hypostase, kern, kernpunt ... show more
Polish: istota, esencja, sedno, jądro, meritum, kwintesencja

6 center

The object upon which interest and attention focuses:
— His stories made him the center of the party.

synonyms: center of attention, centre, centre of attention.

7 center

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

synonyms: centre, nerve center, nerve centre.

Dutch: hersens, zenuwcentrum
Polish: ośrodek

8 center

The middle of a military or naval formation.

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.

synonym: snapper.

11 center

A place where some particular activity is concentrated:
— They received messages from several centers.

synonym: centre.

Polish: centrum, ośrodek, ognisko

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.

synonym: 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.

synonyms: mall, plaza, shopping center, shopping centre, shopping mall.

Dutch: winkelcentrum, galerij, winkelgalerij
Polish: centrum handlowe

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

American football The position of the player on the line of scrimmage who puts the ball in play.

18 center

A position on a basketball team of the player who participates in the jump that starts the game.

verb

1 center

Center upon:
— Her entire attention centered on her children.

synonyms: center on, concentrate on, focus on, revolve about, revolve around.

2 center

Direct one's attention on something.

synonyms: centre, concentrate, focus, pore, rivet.

Dutch: concentreren, richten

3 center

Move into the center:
— That vase in the picture is not centered.

synonym: centre.

adjective

1 center

Equally distant from the extremes.

synonyms: halfway, middle, midway.

2 center

Of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually.


Moby thesaurus: activator, adductor, amateur athlete, approach, archer, athlete, attractant, attrahent, average, axiom, axis, balance, ballplayer, baseballer, baseman, batter, battery, blocking back, bosom, bowman ... show more.

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