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English

Alternative spellings

  • (UK,Canada) centre (centre is rarely found in the US (e.g. Centre Street [1] where the street was named before the spelling reform), similarly center is occasionally found in countries where centre is the traditional spelling.)

Etymology

From Ancient Greek κέντρον (kéntron).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
center

Plural
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center ({{{1}}})
  1. The middle portion of something; the part well away from the edges.
  2. (geometry) The point on a line that is midway between the ends.
  3. (geometry) The point in the interior of a circle that is equidistant from all points on the circumference of the circle.
  4. (geometry) The point in the interior of a sphere that is equidistant from all points on the surface of the sphere.
  5. (geometry) The point in the interior of any figure of any number of dimensions that has as its coordinates the arithmetic mean of the coordinates of all points on the perimeter of the figure (or of all points in the interior for a center of volume).
  6. A place where some function or activity occurs.
    shopping center;
    convention center
  7. A topic that is particularly important in a given context.
    the center of the controversy
    the center of attention
  8. (basketball) The player, generally the tallest, who plays closest to the basket.
  9. (ice hockey) The forward that generally plays between the left wing and right wing and usually takes the faceoffs.
  10. (American football) The person who holds the ball at the beginning of each play.

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Adjective

center (not comparable)

Positive
center

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Of, at, or related to a center.

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Verb

Infinitive
to center

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to center (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -) (transitive)
  1. To cause (an object) to occupy the center of an area.
  2. To cause (some attribute, such as a mood or voltage) to be adjusted to a value which is midway between the extremes.
  3. To concentrate on (something), to pay close attention to (something).

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Swedish

Noun

Inflection for center Singular Plural
common Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative center centern centrar centrarna
Genitive centers centerns centrars centrarnas
Inflection for center Singular Plural
neuter Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative center centret center centren
Genitive centers centrets centers centrens
Declination for center Singular Uncountable
Common Indefinite Definite
Nominative center centern
Genitive centers centerns

center c., n. and (uncountable)

  1. centre; midplayer of a team (c., def. 1)
  2. centre; a place where some function or activity occurs (n., def. 2)
  3. (politics) The ensemble of centre political parties ((uncountable), def. 3)

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