What is the meaning of center?


  • (n.) 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"
  • (n.) center field, centerfield, center (the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher) "he hit the ball to deep center"
  • (n.) center, centre (a building dedicated to a particular activity) "they were raising money to build a new center for research"
  • (n.) center, centre, midpoint (a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure)
  • (n.) kernel, substance, core, center, centre, 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"
  • (n.) center, centre, center of attention, centre of attention (the object upon which interest and attention focuses) "his stories made him the center of the party"
  • (n.) 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"
  • (n.) center (the middle of a military or naval formation) "they had to reinforce the center"
  • (n.) center ((basketball) the person who plays center on a basketball team)
  • (n.) 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"
  • (n.) center, centre (a place where some particular activity is concentrated) "they received messages from several centers"
  • (n.) center (politically moderate persons; centrists)
  • (n.) center ((ice hockey) the person who plays center on a hockey team)
  • (n.) center, centre (the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering)
  • (n.) 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"
  • (n.) center (the position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game)
  • (n.) center ((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"
  • (n.) center (a position on a basketball team of the player who participates in the jump that starts the game)



  • (adj.) center, halfway, middle, midway (equally distant from the extremes)
  • (adj.) center (of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually).
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APAWordNet. (2010). center. Retrieved August 2, 2015, from http://smartdefine.org/center/definitions/1170426
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "center" http://smartdefine.org/center/definitions/1170426 (accessed August 2, 2015).
HarvardWordNet 2010, center, Smart Define, viewed 2 August, 2015, <http://smartdefine.org/center/definitions/1170426>.
MLAWordNet. "center" 23 October 2010. Web. 2 August 2015. <http://smartdefine.org/center/definitions/1170426>
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