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Cut out the centers from one-half the slices, leaving a wall of one inch.

Their posts were centers of disintegration among the savages.

It is seeking to combat disease in its centers of diffusion.

It can be done with the dividers by using care in scribing the centers.

These he placed opposite each other in the centers of two sides.

These points are your centers for scribing the long sides of the ellipse.

In the bull the centers of power are in the breast and shoulders.

And their centers of vitality, head and heart, were on the other side of the sea.

Hardwood wedges were used under the posts for removing the centers.

The deflection of the centers at the crown was a maximum of 3¼ ins.


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.