What does center mean?

Definitions for center

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word center.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. center, centre, middle, heart, eyenoun

    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"

  2. center field, centerfield, centernoun

    the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher

    "he hit the ball to deep center"

  3. center, centrenoun

    a building dedicated to a particular activity

    "they were raising money to build a new center for research"

  4. center, centre, midpointnoun

    a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure

  5. kernel, substance, core, center, centre, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-grittynoun

    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"

  6. center, centre, center of attention, centre of attentionnoun

    the object upon which interest and attention focuses

    "his stories made him the center of the party"

  7. center, centre, nerve center, nerve centrenoun

    a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process

    "in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere"

  8. centernoun

    the middle of a military or naval formation

    "they had to reinforce the center"

  9. centernoun

    (basketball) the person who plays center on a basketball team

  10. center, snappernoun

    (football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback

    "the center fumbled the handoff"

  11. center, centrenoun

    a place where some particular activity is concentrated

    "they received messages from several centers"

  12. centernoun

    politically moderate persons; centrists

  13. centernoun

    (ice hockey) the person who plays center on a hockey team

  14. center, centrenoun

    the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering

  15. plaza, mall, center, shopping mall, shopping center, shopping centrenoun

    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"

  16. centernoun

    the position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game

  17. centernoun

    (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"

  18. centeradjective

    a position on a basketball team of the player who participates in the jump that starts the game

  19. center(a), halfway, middle(a), midwayadjective

    equally distant from the extremes

  20. centerverb

    of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually

  21. focus on, center on, revolve around, revolve about, concentrate on, centerverb

    center upon

    "Her entire attention centered on her children"; "Our day revolved around our work"

  22. concentrate, focus, center, centre, pore, rivetverb

    direct one's attention on something

    "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"

  23. center, centreverb

    move into the center

    "That vase in the picture is not centered"


  1. centernoun

    The point in the interior of a circle or sphere that is equidistant from all points on the circumference.

  2. centernoun

    The middle portion of something; the part well away from the edges.

  3. centernoun

    The point on a line that is midway between the ends.

  4. centernoun

    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).

  5. centernoun

    A place where some function or activity occurs.

  6. centernoun

    A topic that is particularly important in a given context.

  7. centernoun

    The player, generally the tallest, who plays closest to the basket.

  8. centernoun

    The forward that generally plays between the left wing and right wing and usually takes the faceoffs.

  9. centernoun

    The person who holds the ball at the beginning of each play.

  10. centerverb

    To cause (an object) to occupy the center of an area.

  11. centerverb

    To cause (some attribute, such as a mood or voltage) to be adjusted to a value which is midway between the extremes.

  12. centerverb

    To concentrate on (something), to pay close attention to (something).

  13. centernoun

    A player who can go all over the court, except the shooting circles.

  14. centernoun

    A pass played into the centre of the pitch.

  15. centernoun

    One of the backs operating in a central area of the pitch, either the inside centre or outside centre.

  16. centeradjective

    Of, at, or related to a center.


  1. center

    The center refers to the middle point or part of something. It is equidistant from all outer edges, often serving as a point of balance or a crucial point of focus. This term can be used in various contexts, such as in geometry, where it refers to the exact middle of a circle or sphere, or in politics, where it denotes a moderate viewpoint.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Centernoun

    a point equally distant from the extremities of a line, figure, or body, or from all parts of the circumference of a circle; the middle point or place

  2. Centernoun

    the middle or central portion of anything

  3. Centernoun

    a principal or important point of concentration; the nucleus around which things are gathered or to which they tend; an object of attention, action, or force; as, a center of attaction

  4. Centernoun

    the earth

  5. Centernoun

    those members of a legislative assembly (as in France) who support the existing government. They sit in the middle of the legislative chamber, opposite the presiding officer, between the conservatives or monarchists, who sit on the right of the speaker, and the radicals or advanced republicans who occupy the seats on his left, See Right, and Left

  6. Centernoun

    a temporary structure upon which the materials of a vault or arch are supported in position until the work becomes self-supporting

  7. Centernoun

    one of the two conical steel pins, in a lathe, etc., upon which the work is held, and about which it revolves

  8. Centernoun

    a conical recess, or indentation, in the end of a shaft or other work, to receive the point of a center, on which the work can turn, as in a lathe

  9. Centerverb

    alt. of Centre

  10. Centerverb

    alt. of Centre

  11. Etymology: [F. centre, fr. L. centrum, fr. Gr. ke`ntron any sharp point, the point round which a circle is described, fr. kentei^n to prick, goad.]


  1. Center

    The center, colloquially known as the five or the post, is one of the standard positions in a regulation basketball game and is commonly abbreviated "C". The center is normally the tallest player on the team, and often has a great deal of strength and body mass as well. A typical NBA center is between 6'10" and 7'3". In many cases, the center's primary role is to use his or her size to score and defend from a position close to the basket. A center who possesses size along with athleticism and skill constitutes an unparalleled asset for a team. The centers are also generally the players who are chosen to take jump balls. There has been occasional controversy over what constitutes a "true center". For example, some would say that Tim Duncan, although listed throughout his career as a power forward, is actually a center, because of his size and style of play. Nonetheless, the judgment of whether a given player is a center or power forward is often highly subjective. Because there are currently so few people who meet the ideal size requirements of an NBA center, teams will sometimes find it necessary to play an individual at that position who would be more effective as a power forward.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. center

    An enduring functional organization, with a supporting staff, designed to perform a joint function within a joint force commander

Editors Contribution

  1. center

    A type of building.

    The community center was open every evening.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 24, 2020  

Suggested Resources

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Center is ranked #10765 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Center surname appeared 2,963 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Center.

    87% or 2,579 total occurrences were White.
    5.8% or 172 total occurrences were Black.
    3.1% or 93 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 62 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1.4% or 42 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 15 total occurrences were Asian.

Anagrams for center »

  1. recent

  2. tenrec

  3. centre

  4. Centre

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of center in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of center in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of center in a Sentence

  1. John Podesta:

    For the last four years though, Center for American Progress and China-U.S. Exchange Foundation have co-hosted a US.-China track II dialogue, and we continue to host these dialogues on an annual basis, i have the highest regard for C.H. Tung's tireless efforts to bring our two nations closer together. He is always looking ahead to anticipate emerging challenges in the U.S.-China relations and to figure out what he can do to make those challenges more manageable.

  2. Rachel Dalton:

    Grocery is certainly a center strategy for Amazon Fresh right now, as part of its overall strategic vision of being more present in customers' lives and being part of customers' everyday routine amazon Fresh is competing effectively in grocery, even though you may not think of Amazon Fresh as a grocer.

  3. Helen Clark:

    By firmly placing disaster risk reduction at the center of the design and implementation of public policy, development becomes risk-informed.

  4. Gisele Barreto Fetterman:

    This isn’t about politics - it’s an independent, detailed medical report written by John’s primary care doctor based on his latest office visit from last week, anybody baselessly attacking John's doctor or questioning the standards and integrity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center system is grasping at straws because the issue that Dr. Oz staked his whole campaign on just fell apart today.

  5. Marc Chandler:

    The week ahead is likely to provide some clarification for investors on three fronts that have been a source of uncertainty. The FOMC meeting, with updated forecasts, is center stage.

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