1. [ noun ] an area that is approximately central within some larger region
Synonyms: middle heart eye centre

"it is in the center of town" "they ran forward into the heart of the struggle" "they were in the eye of the storm"

Related terms: area city_center inner_city seat midfield hub financial_center see center_stage midstream medical_center hub storm_center city_of_london middle
2. [ verb ] center upon
Synonyms: center_on focus_on concentrate_on revolve_about revolve_around

"Her entire attention centered on her children" "Our day revolved around our work"

Related terms: refer
3. [ noun ] (baseball,geography) the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher
Synonyms: centerfield center_field

"he hit the ball to deep center"

Related terms: tract outfield
4. [ noun ] a building dedicated to a particular activity
Synonyms: centre

"they were raising money to build a new center for research"

Related terms: building conference_center community_center service_club settlement_house control_center research_center student_center call_center burn_center
5. [ noun ] a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure
Synonyms: midpoint centre
Related terms: point core nucleus bull's_eye core navel centroid center_of_curvature nombril center_of_gravity storm_center nucleus bowels bight
6. [ verb ] focus one's attention on something
Synonyms: focus concentrate rivet pore centre

"Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"

Related terms: think listen think steep recall zoom_in rivet focus concentration
7. [ noun ] the object upon which interest and attention focuses
Synonyms: center_of_attention

"his stories made him the center of the party"

Related terms: object eye-catcher conversation_piece crosshairs cynosure focus_on
8. [ noun ] the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
Synonyms: essence core substance heart sum heart_and_soul meat marrow pith nub gist nitty-gritty inwardness kernel

: "the gist of the prosecutor's argument" "the heart and soul of the Republican Party" "the nub of the story"

Related terms: content stuff hypostasis haecceity bare_bones quintessence summate
9. [ noun ] (anatomy,zoology,neuroscience) a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process
Synonyms: nerve_center nerve_centre centre

"in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere"

Related terms: neural_structure Wernicke's_area inferior_colliculus respiratory_center olfactory_brain superior_colliculus Broca's_area auditory_center
10. [ adjective ] equally distant from the extremes
Synonyms: middle halfway midway
Related terms: central
11. [ noun ] (military) the middle of a military or naval formation

"they had to reinforce the center"

Related terms: formation military
12. [ noun ] (basketball) the person who plays center on a basketball team
Related terms: basketball_player bill_russell basketball
13. [ noun ] (geography) a place where some particular activity is concentrated
Synonyms: centre

"they received messages from several centers"

Related terms: place nerve_center
14. [ noun ] (politics,sociology) politically moderate persons; centrists
Related terms: class centrist
15. [ noun ] (football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback
Synonyms: snapper

"the center fumbled the handoff"

Related terms: lineman football
16. [ verb ] move into the center
Synonyms: centre

"That vase in the picture is not centered"

Related terms: move focus_on single_out
17. [ noun ] (ice hockey) the person who plays center on a hockey team
Related terms: hockey_player ice_hockey
18. [ noun ] (food) the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering
Synonyms: centre
Related terms: sweet chocolate_candy
19. [ adjective ] (politics) of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually
Related terms: left right centrist centrist
20. [ noun ] (sport,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"

Related terms: lineman football_team
21. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 7769
22. [ noun ] (business) mercantile establishment consisting of a carefully landscaped complex of shops representing leading merchandisers; a modern version of the traditional marketplace
Synonyms: shopping_center mall shopping_mall shopping_centre plaza

"a good plaza should have a movie house" "they spent their weekends at the local malls"

Related terms: mercantile_establishment
23. [ noun ] (sport,ice hockey) the position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game
Related terms: position hockey_team
24. [ noun ] (sport,basketball) a position on a basketball team of the player who participates in the center jump to start the game
Related terms: position basketball_team
Similar spelling:   Centers