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Dictionary definition for: Center

1. (v) center upon; "Her entire attention centered on her children" "Our day revolved around our work"

2. (n) 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"

3. (a) of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually

4. (n) the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher; "he hit the ball to deep center"

5. (v) direct one''s attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"

6. (n) a building dedicated to a particular activity; "they were raising money to build a new center for research"

7. (v) move into the center; "That vase in the picture is not centered"

8. (n) a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure

9. (n) 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. (n) the object upon which interest and attention focuses; "his stories made him the center of the party"

11. (n) a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process; "in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere"

12. (n) the middle of a military or naval formation; "they had to reinforce the center"

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

14. (n) (football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback; "the center fumbled the handoff"

15. (n) a place where some particular activity is concentrated; "they received messages from several centers"

16. (n) politically moderate persons; centrists

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

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

19. (n) 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

20. (n) the position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game

21. (n) 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"

22. (n) a position on a basketball team of the player who participates in the center jump to start the game

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