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Definition of Center


  1. 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. The middle or central portion of anything.
  3. 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. The earth.
  5. 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. A temporary structure upon which the materials of a vault or arch are supported in position until the work becomes self-supporting.
  7. One of the two conical steel pins, in a lathe, etc., upon which the work is held, and about which it revolves.
  8. 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. Alt. of Centre
  10. Alt. of Centre
  11. Alt. of seal
  12. Alt. of punch

Center Quotations

The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.
Jessica Lange

Transportation is the center of the world! It is the glue of our daily lives. When it goes well, we don't see it. When it goes wrong, it negatively colors our day, makes us feel angry and impotent, curtails our possibilities.
Robin Chase

The mystery at the center of 'Burial Rites' is not who killed whom on the night of March 13, 1828. It is the mystery each of us encounters: Can we every truly know another? Can we ever truly know ourselves?
Hannah Kent

I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center.
Kurt Vonnegut

Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must - at that moment - become the center of the universe.
Elie Wiesel
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Center Translations

center in Dutch is binnenste, centrum, middelpunt
center in Finnish is keskus
center in French is centrez, centrent, centrons, centre, centrer
center in German is Mittelpunkt, zentrieren, zentrale
center in Italian is centrare
center in Norwegian is sentrum
center in Portuguese is centro
center in Spanish is centro
center in Swedish is centrum
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