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English adjective: center

1. center equally distant from the extremes


Synonymshalfway, middle, midway


Similarcentral


Antonymsperipheral

2. center of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually


Similarcentrist, middle-of-the-road


Antonymsleft, right


English noun: center

1. center (location) an area that is approximately central within some larger region


SamplesIt is in the center of town.
They ran forward into the heart of the struggle.
They were in the eye of the storm.


Synonymscentre, eye, heart, middle


Broader (hypernym)area, country


Narrower (hyponym)center stage, central city, centre stage, city center, city centre, financial center, hub, inner city, medical center, midfield, midstream, seat, storm center, storm centre


Instance hyponymCity of London, the City

2. center (artifact) the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher


SamplesHe hit the ball to deep center.


Synonymscenter field, centerfield


Broader (hypernym)parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract


Part meronymoutfield

3. center (artifact) a building dedicated to a particular activity


SamplesThey were raising money to build a new center for research.


Synonymscentre


Broader (hypernym)building, edifice


Narrower (hyponym)burn center, call center, call centre, civic center, community center, conference center, conference house, control center, research center, research facility, service club, settlement house, student center

4. center (location) a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure


Synonymscentre, midpoint


Broader (hypernym)point


Narrower (hyponym)bight, bowels, bull, bull's eye, center of curvature, center of gravity, center of mass, centre of curvature, centre of gravity, centre of mass, core, core, navel, navel point, nombril, nucleus, nucleus

5. center (cognition) the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience


SamplesThe gist of the prosecutor's argument.
The heart and soul of the Republican Party.
The nub of the story.


Synonymscentre, core, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, kernel, marrow, meat, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, substance, sum


Broader (hypernym)cognitive content, content, mental object


Narrower (hyponym)bare bones, haecceity, hypostasis, quiddity, quintessence, stuff

6. center (cognition) the object upon which interest and attention focuses


SamplesHis stories made him the center of the party.


Synonymscenter of attention, centre, centre of attention


Broader (hypernym)object


Narrower (hyponym)conversation piece, crosshairs, cynosure, eye-catcher

7. center (body) a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process


SamplesIn most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere.


Synonymscentre, nerve center, nerve centre


Broader (hypernym)neural structure


Narrower (hyponym)auditory center, Broca's area, Broca's center, Broca's convolution, Broca's gyrus, convolution of Broca, inferior colliculus, olfactory brain, respiratory center, rhinencephalon, superior colliculus, Wernicke's area, Wernicke's center

8. center (group) the middle of a military or naval formation


SamplesThey had to reinforce the center.


Broader (hypernym)formation


Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

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


Broader (hypernym)basketball player, basketeer, cager


Instance hyponymBill Russell, Russell, William Felton Russell


Domain categorybasketball, basketball game, hoops

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


SamplesThe center fumbled the handoff.


Synonymssnapper


Broader (hypernym)lineman


Domain categoryfootball, football game

11. center (location) a place where some particular activity is concentrated


SamplesThey received messages from several centers.


Synonymscentre


Broader (hypernym)place, property


Narrower (hyponym)capital, nerve center, nerve centre

12. center (group) politically moderate persons; centrists


Broader (hypernym)class, social class, socio-economic class, stratum


Member holonymcentrist, middle of the roader, moderate, moderationist

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


Broader (hypernym)hockey player, ice-hockey player


Domain categoryhockey, hockey game, ice hockey

14. center (food) the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering


Synonymscentre


Broader (hypernym)confection, sweet


Substance meronymchocolate candy

15. center (artifact) 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


SamplesA good plaza should have a movie house.
They spent their weekends at the local malls.


Synonymsmall, plaza, shopping center, shopping centre, shopping mall


Broader (hypernym)mercantile establishment, outlet, retail store, sales outlet


Part holonymfood court

16. center (act) the position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game


Broader (hypernym)position


Member meronymhockey team

17. center (act) (American football) the position of the player on the line of scrimmage who puts the ball in play


SamplesIt is a center's responsibility to get the football to the quarterback.


Broader (hypernym)lineman


Member meronymeleven, football team

18. center (act) a position on a basketball team of the player who participates in the jump that starts the game


Broader (hypernym)position


Member meronymbasketball team, five


English verb: center

1. center (stative) center upon


SamplesHer entire attention centered on her children.
Our day revolved around our work.


Synonymscenter on, concentrate on, focus on, revolve about, revolve around


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)bear on, come to, concern, have-to doe with, pertain, refer, relate, touch, touch on

2. center (cognition) direct one's attention on something


SamplesPlease focus on your studies and not on your hobbies.


Synonymscentre, concentrate, focus, pore, rivet


Pattern of useSomebody ----s on something


Broader (hypernym)cerebrate, cogitate, think


Narrower (hyponym)absorb, engross, engulf, hear, immerse, listen, plunge, recall, soak up, steep, take heed, think, zoom in


Verb grouprivet

3. center (motion) move into the center


SamplesThat vase in the picture is not centered.


Synonymscentre


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)displace, move









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