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center

 
Adjective center has 2 senses
  1. center, halfway, middle, midway - equally distant from the extremes
    Antonym: peripheral (indirect, via central)
  2. center - of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually
    Antonyms:
    right, conservative, reactionary, reactionist, far-right, rightish, rightist, right-wing, left, far left, leftish, leftist, left-of-center, left-wing, liberal
Noun center has 18 senses
  1. center, centre, middle, heart, eye - 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"
    --1 is a kind of area, country
    --1 has particulars:
     center stage, centre stage; city center, city centre, central city; storm center, storm centre; financial center; hub; inner city; medical center; midfield; seat; City of London, the City; midstream
  2. center field, center - the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher; "he hit the ball to deep center"
    --2 is a kind of tract, piece of land, piece of ground, parcel of land, parcel
    --2 is a part of outfield
  3. center, centre - a building dedicated to a particular activity; "they were raising money to build a new center for research"
    --3 is a kind of building, edifice
    --3 has particulars:
     burn center; call center, call centre; community center, civic center; conference center, conference house; control center; research center, research facility; service club; settlement house; student center
  4. center, centre, midpoint - a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure
    --4 is a kind of point
    --4 has particulars:
     bight; center of curvature, centre of curvature; bowels; bull's eye, bull; center of gravity, centre of gravity; center of mass, centre of mass; core; navel, navel point; nombril; core; nucleus; nucleus
    Derived form: verb center3
  5. kernel, substance, core, center, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty - 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"
    --5 is a kind of content, cognitive content, mental object
    --5 has particulars:
     bare bones; hypostasis; quiddity, haecceity; quintessence; stuff
  6. center, center of attention - the object upon which interest and attention focuses; "his stories made him the center of the party"
    --6 is a kind of object
    --6 has particulars: conversation piece; crosshairs; cynosure; eye-catcher
    Derived forms: verb center1, verb center2
  7. center, centre, nerve center, nerve centre - a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process; "in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere"
    --7 is a kind of neural structure
    --7 has particulars:
     auditory center; rhinencephalon, olfactory brain; Broca's area, Broca's center, Broca's gyrus, Broca's convolution, convolution of Broca; Wernicke's area, Wernicke's center; superior colliculus; inferior colliculus; respiratory center
  8. center - the middle of a military or naval formation; "they had to reinforce the center"
    --8 is a kind of
    formation
  9. center - (basketball) the person who plays center on a basketball team
    --9 is a kind of
    basketball player, basketeer, cager
    --9 has particulars: Russell, Bill Russell, William Felton Russell
  10. center, snapper - (football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback; "the center fumbled the handoff"
    --10 is a kind of lineman
  11. center, centre - a place where some particular activity is concentrated; "they received messages from several centers"
    --11 is a kind of place, property
    --11 has particulars: nerve center, nerve centre
  12. center - politically moderate persons; centrists
    --12 is a kind of
    class, social class, socio-economic class
    --12 has members: centrist, middle of the roader, moderate, moderationist
  13. center - (ice hockey) the person who plays center on a hockey team
    --13 is a kind of
    hockey player, ice-hockey player
  14. center, centre - the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering
    --14 is a kind of sweet, confection, confectionery
    --14 is a substance of chocolate candy
  15. plaza, mall, center, shopping mall, shopping center, shopping centre - 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"
    --15 is a kind of mercantile establishment, retail store, sales outlet, outlet
  16. center - the position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game
    --16 is a kind of
    position
    --16 is a member of hockey team
  17. center - 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"
    --17 is a kind of
    lineman
    --17 is a member of football team, eleven
  18. center - a position on a basketball team of the player who participates in the center jump to start the game
    --18 is a kind of
    position
    --18 is a member of basketball team, five
Verb center has 3 senses
  1. focus on, center on, revolve around, revolve about, concentrate on, center - center upon; "Her entire attention centered on her children"; "Our day revolved around our work"
    --1 is one way to refer, pertain, relate, concern, come to, bear on, touch, touch on
    Derived forms: noun center6, noun centering1
    Sample sentences:
    Something ----s somebody
    Something ----s something
    => Something is ----ing PP
    => Somebody ----s PP
  2. concentrate, focus, center, centre, pore, rivet - direct one's attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"
    --2 is one way to think, cogitate, cerebrate
    Derived forms: noun center6, noun centering1
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s on something
  3. center, centre - move into the center; "That vase in the picture is not centered"
    --3 is one way to move, displace
    Derived form: noun center4
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
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