What is the meaning of center?


  • An area that is approximately central within some larger region.
    • usage: "it is in the center of town"; "they ran forward into the heart of the struggle"; "they were in the eye of the storm"
  • The piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher.
    • usage: "he hit the ball to deep center"
  • A building dedicated to a particular activity.
    • usage: "they were raising money to build a new center for research"
  • A point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure.
  • The choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience.
    • usage: "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"
  • The object upon which interest and attention focuses.
    • usage: "his stories made him the center of the party"
  • A cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process.
    • usage: "in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere"
  • The middle of a military or naval formation.
    • usage: "they had to reinforce the center"
  • Basketball) the person who plays center on a basketball team. (
  • Football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback. (
    • usage: "the center fumbled the handoff"
  • A place where some particular activity is concentrated.
    • usage: "they received messages from several centers"
  • Politically moderate persons; centrists.
  • Ice hockey. ( the person who plays center on a hockey team)
  • The sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering.
  • 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.
    • usage: "a good plaza should have a movie house"; "they spent their weekends at the local malls"
  • The position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game.
  • American football. ( the position of the player on the line of scrimmage who puts the ball in play)
    • usage: "it is a center's responsibility to get the football to the quarterback"
  • A position on a basketball team of the player who participates in the jump that starts the game.



  • Equally distant from the extremes.
  • Of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually. .
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APAWordNet. (2010). center. Retrieved November 26, 2015, from http://smartdefine.org/center/definitions/1170426
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "center" http://smartdefine.org/center/definitions/1170426 (accessed November 26, 2015).
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