|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"
|3.||[ noun ] (baseball,geography) the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher|
"he hit the ball to deep center"
|Related terms:||tract outfield|
|4.||[ noun ] a building dedicated to a particular activity|
"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|
|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|
"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|
|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|
"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|
"the center fumbled the handoff"
|Related terms:||lineman football|
|16.||[ verb ] move into the center|
"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|
|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"
|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|