centre

centre
(US center)
noun
1》 a point or part in the middle of something that is equally distant from all of its sides, ends, or surfaces.
    ↘the middle player in some team games.
    ↘(in some team games) a kick, hit, or throw of the ball from the side to the middle of the field.
2》 a point to or from which an activity or process is directed: the city was a centre of discontent.
3》 a place or group of buildings where a specified activity is concentrated: a conference centre.
verb
1》 place in the centre.
    ↘(in some team games) kick, hit, or throw (the ball) from the side to the middle of the field.
    ↘chiefly N. Amer. play as the middle player in some team games.
2》 (centre on/around) have as a major concern or theme.
    ↘(be centred in) occur mainly in or around.
Phrases
centre of attention a person or thing that excites everyone's interest or concern.
centre of attraction
1》 Physics the point to which bodies tend by gravity.
2》 another term for centre of attention.
centre of curvature Mathematics the centre of a circle which passes through a curve at a given point and has the same tangent and curvature at that point.
centre of excellence a place where the highest standards are maintained.
centre of gravity a point from which the weight of a body or system may be considered to act. In uniform gravity it is the same as the centre of mass.
centre of mass a point representing the mean position of the matter in a body or system.
centre of pressure Physics a point on a surface through which the resultant force due to pressure passes.
Derivatives
centremost adjective
Origin
ME: from OFr., or from L. centrum, from Gk kentron 'sharp point, stationary point of a pair of compasses', related to kentein 'to prick'.

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  • centre — s. m. Le milieu, le point du milieu de chaque chose. Le centre de la terre. le centre d un cercle. tirer une ligne du centre à la circonference. des lignes qui passent par le centre, qui aboutissent au centre. Il se prend aussi pour le lieu où… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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