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center



I - noun
1. an area that is approximately central within some larger region (Freq. 56)
- it is in the center of town
- they ran forward into the heart of the struggle
- they were in the eye of the storm
Syn:
centre, middle, heart, eye
Derivationally related forms:
middle (for: middle), central, centric, centrical
Hypernyms:
area, country
Hyponyms:
center stage, centre stage, city center, city centre, central city,
storm center, storm centre, financial center, hub, inner city, medical center,
midfield, seat, midstream
Instance Hyponyms:
City of London, the City
2. the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher (Freq. 10)
- he hit the ball to deep center
Syn:
center field, centerfield
Hypernyms:
tract, piece of land, piece of ground, parcel of land, parcel
Part Holonyms:
outfield
3. a building dedicated to a particular activity (Freq. 6)
- they were raising money to build a new center for research
Syn:
centre
Hypernyms:
building, edifice
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
4. a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure (Freq. 5)
Syn:
centre, midpoint
Derivationally related forms:
centre (for: centre), central, centric, centrical
Hypernyms:
point
Hyponyms:
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
5. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience (Freq. 3)
- the gist of the prosecutor's argument
- the heart and soul of the Republican Party
- the nub of the story
Syn:
kernel, substance, core, centre, essence,
gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat,
nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty
Derivationally related forms:
summate (for: sum), pithy (for: pith), meaty (for: meat), essential (for: essence), central
Hypernyms:
content, cognitive content, mental object
Hyponyms:
bare bones, hypostasis, quiddity, haecceity, quintessence, stuff
6. the object upon which interest and attention focuses (Freq. 3)
- his stories made him the center of the party
Syn:
centre, center of attention, centre of attention
Derivationally related forms:
central
Hypernyms:
object
Hyponyms:
conversation piece, crosshairs, cynosure, eye-catcher
7. a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process (Freq. 3)
- in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere
Syn:
centre, nerve center, nerve centre
Hypernyms:
neural structure
Hyponyms:
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
8. the middle of a military or naval formation (Freq. 2)
- they had to reinforce the center
Topics:
military, armed forces, armed services, military machine, war machine
Hypernyms:
formation
9. (basketball) the person who plays center on a basketball team (Freq. 1)
Topics:
basketball, basketball game, hoops
Hypernyms:
basketball player, basketeer, cager
Instance Hyponyms:
Russell, Bill Russell, William Felton Russell
10. (football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback (Freq. 1)
- the center fumbled the handoff
Syn:
snapper
Derivationally related forms:
snap (for: snapper)
Topics:
football, football game
Hypernyms:
lineman
11. a place where some particular activity is concentrated (Freq. 1)
- they received messages from several centers
Syn:
centre
Hypernyms:
place, property
Hyponyms:
nerve center, nerve centre, capital
12. politically moderate persons;
centrists (Freq. 1)
Hypernyms:
class, stratum, social class, socio-economic class
Member Meronyms:
centrist, middle of the roader, moderate, moderationist
13. (ice hockey) the person who plays center on a hockey team
Topics:
ice hockey, hockey, hockey game
Hypernyms:
hockey player, ice-hockey player
14. the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering
Syn:
centre
Hypernyms:
sweet, confection
Substance Holonyms:
chocolate candy
15. 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
Syn:
plaza, mall, shopping mall, shopping center, shopping centre
Hypernyms:
mercantile establishment, retail store, sales outlet, outlet
Part Meronyms:
food court
16. the position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game
Hypernyms:
position
Member Holonyms:
hockey team
17. (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
Hypernyms:
lineman
Member Holonyms:
football team, eleven
18. a position on a basketball team of the player who participates in the jump that starts the game
Hypernyms:
position
Member Holonyms:
basketball team, five

II - verb
1. center upon (Freq. 11)
- Her entire attention centered on her children
- Our day revolved around our work
Syn:
focus on, center on, revolve around, revolve about, concentrate on
Derivationally related forms:
centering
Hypernyms:
refer, pertain, relate, concern, come to,
bear on, touch, touch on, have-to doe with
Verb Frames:
- Something ----s somebody
- Something ----s something
- Something is ----ing PP
- Somebody ----s PP
2. direct one's attention on something (Freq. 5)
- Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies
Syn:
concentrate, focus, centre, pore, rivet
Derivationally related forms:
centering, focus (for: focus), focussing (for: focus), focusing (for: focus), concentration (for: concentrate)
Hypernyms:
think, cogitate, cerebrate
Hyponyms:
steep, immerse, engulf, plunge, engross,
absorb, soak up, recall, think, zoom in, listen,
hear, take heed
Verb Group:
rivet
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s on something
- Somebody ----s (for: concentrate)
3. move into the center
- That vase in the picture is not centered
Syn:
centre
See Also:
center on
Derivationally related forms:
centre (for: centre)
Hypernyms:
move, displace
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something

III - adjective
1. equally distant from the extremes (Freq. 2)
Syn:
halfway, middle, midway
Similar to:
central
2. of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually
Ant:
right, left
Similar to:
centrist, middle-of-the-road

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