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  Definition of Center
  1. a position on a basketball team of the player who participates in the center jump to start the game
  2. 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"
  3. the position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game
  4. a building dedicated to a particular activity; "they were raising money to build a new center for research"
  5. the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher; "he hit the ball to deep center"
  6. 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 mov
  7. a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process; "in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere"
  8. the object upon which interest and attention focuses; "his stories made him the center of the party"
  9. 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"
  10. the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering
  11. politically moderate persons; centrists
  12. the middle of a military or naval formation; "they had to reinforce the center"
  13. a place where some particular activity is concentrated; "they received messages from several centers"
  14. a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure
  15. 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"
  16. (football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback; "the center fumbled the handoff"
  17. (basketball) the person who plays center on a basketball team
  18. (ice hockey) the person who plays center on a hockey team
  19. direct one''s attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"
  20. move into the center; "That vase in the picture is not centered"
  21. center upon; "Her entire attention centered on her children"; "Our day revolved around our work"
  22. of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually
Similar Words: centre, center field, plaza, mall, shopping mall, shopping center, shopping centre, nerve center, nerve centre, center of attention, kernel, substance, core, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty, midpoint, middle, eye, snapper, concentrate, focus, pore, rivet, focus on, center on, revolve around, revolve about, concentrate on


See Also: focus on, center on, revolve around, revolve about, concentrate on


Hyponyms: burn center, call center, call centre, community center, civic center, conference center, conference house, control center, research center, research facility, service club, settlement house, student center, auditory center, rhinencephalon, olfactory brain, Broca's area, Broca's center, Broca's gyrus, Broca's convolution, convolution of Broca, Wernicke's area, Wernicke's center, superior colliculus, inferior colliculus, respiratory center, conversation piece, crosshairs, cynosure, eye-catcher, bare bones, hypostasis, quiddity, haecceity, quintessence, stuff, nerve center, nerve centre, bight, center of curvature, centre of curvature, bowels, bull's eye, bull, center of gravity, centre of gravity, center of mass, centre of mass, core, navel, navel point, nombril, nucleus, center stage, centre stage, city center, city centre, central city, storm center, storm centre, financial center, hub, inner city, medical center, midfield, seat, City of London, the City, midstream, Russell, Bill Russell, William Felton Russell, steep, immerse, engulf, plunge, engross, absorb, soak up, recall, think, zoom in, listen, hear, take heed


Grouped Verbs: rivet


Substance Meronyms: chocolate candy


Part Meronyms: outfield


Member Meronyms: basketball team, five, football team, eleven, hockey team


Derivational Morphology: focus on, center on, revolve around, revolve about, concentrate on, concentrate, focus, centre, pore, rivet, summate, middle, snap, center of attention, focusing, focussing, direction, centering, concentration, engrossment, absorption, immersion, assiduity, assiduousness, midpoint


Anagrams: tenrec, centre, Centre, recent


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