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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CENTER

There was a certain careless calm about this that shook Andrew to his center again.

There was a thud as his fist hit the rickety, squeaking table in the center of the room.

It is the newspaper man's instinct to be in the center of the fray.

The joint of the 20-foot pieces should be directly in the center of the 10-foot piece.

On entering the hall, Ulysses saw the magic fountain in the center of it.

Still his bullets fell in the center of the crouching party.

This basin was in the center of the atrium, the most important room in the house.

They held the most uneven part of the center, where thickets and ravines were many.

The paper bags from which the mice had burst were still in the center of the floor.

Sometimes they were near the densely wooded shore, sometimes in the center of the river.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "middle point of a circle; point round which something revolves," from Old French centre (14c.), from Latin centrum "center," originally fixed point of the two points of a drafting compass, from Greek kentron "sharp point, goad, sting of a wasp," from kentein "stitch," from PIE root *kent- "to prick" (cf. Breton kentr "a spur," Welsh cethr "nail," Old High German hantag "sharp, pointed").

Figuratively from 1680s. Meaning "the middle of anything" attested from 1590s. Spelling with -re popularized in Britain by Johnson's dictionary (following Bailey's), though -er is older and was used by Shakespeare, Milton, and Pope. Center of gravity is recorded from 1650s. Center of attention is from 1868.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CENTER

armory

nounmilitary building, usually for storing weapons

capitol

nounbuilding or buildings housing chief governmental offices
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