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Definition 1: a position on a basketball team of the player who participates in the jump that starts the game - [noun denoting act]

(center is a kind of ...) (in team sports) the role assigned to an individual player

"what position does he play?"

(... is a member of center) a team that plays basketball

Definition 2: (American football) the position of the player on the line of scrimmage who puts the ball in play - [noun denoting act]

Samples where center or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it is a center's responsibility to get the football to the quarterback

(center is a kind of ...) (American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed on the line of scrimmage

(... is a member of center) a team that plays football

Definition 3: the position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game - [noun denoting act]

(center is a kind of ...) (in team sports) the role assigned to an individual player

"what position does he play?"

(... is a member of center) a team that plays ice hockey

Definition 4: a building dedicated to a particular activity - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where center or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they were raising money to build a new center for research

Synonyms for center in the sense of this definition

(center is a kind of ...) a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place

"there was a three-story building on the corner" "it was an imposing edifice"

(... is a kind of center ) a center in an underprivileged area that provides community services

(... is a kind of center ) a recreational center for servicemen

(... is a kind of center ) a center where research is done

(... is a kind of center ) the operational center for a group of related activities

"the general in command never left the control center"

(... is a kind of center ) a center where conferences can be conducted

(... is a kind of center ) a center where the members of a community can gather for social or cultural activities

(... is a kind of center ) a center equipped to handle a large volume of telephone calls (especially for taking orders or serving customers)

(... is a kind of center ) a center where patients with severe burns can be treated

(... is a kind of center ) a center for student activities at a college or university

Definition 5: 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 - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where center or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a good plaza should have a movie house
  • they spent their weekends at the local malls

Synonyms for center in the sense of this definition

(center is a kind of ...) a place of business for retailing goods

(center is a part of ...) an area (as in a shopping mall) where fast food is sold (usually around a common eating area)

Definition 6: the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where center or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he hit the ball to deep center

Synonyms for center in the sense of this definition

(center is a kind of ...) an extended area of land

(... is part of center) the area of a baseball playing field beyond the lines connecting the bases

Definition 7: a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process - [noun denoting body]

Samples where center or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere

Synonyms for center in the sense of this definition

(center is a kind of ...) a structure that is part of the nervous system

(... is a kind of center ) the part of the brain (in a fold of the cerebral cortex of the temporal lobe on both sides of the brain) that receives impulses from the ear by way of the auditory nerve

(... is a kind of center ) a center in the cerebral hemispheres that governs the sense of smell in lower animals; in humans it seems to mediate complex emotional behavior

(... is a kind of center ) the motor speech center in the left hemisphere of the brain in most people

(... is a kind of center ) the auditory word center; located in the posterior part of the superior temporal convolution in most people

(... is a kind of center ) an essential visual center between the retina and the striate cortex

(... is a kind of center ) an essential auditory center in the midbrain

(... is a kind of center ) the center in the medulla oblongata and pons that integrates sensory information about the level of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood and determines the signals to be sent to the respiratory muscles

Definition 8: the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where center or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the gist of the prosecutor's argument
  • the heart and soul of the Republican Party
  • the nub of the story

Synonyms for center in the sense of this definition

(center is a kind of ...) the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned

(... is a kind of center ) (plural) the most basic facts or elements

"he told us only the bare bones of the story"

(... is a kind of center ) (metaphysics) essential nature or underlying reality

(... is a kind of center ) the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other

(... is a kind of center ) the purest and most concentrated essence of something

(... is a kind of center ) a critically important or characteristic component

"suspense is the very stuff of narrative"

Definition 9: the object upon which interest and attention focuses - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where center or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his stories made him the center of the party

Synonyms for center in the sense of this definition

(center is a kind of ...) the focus of cognitions or feelings

"objects of thought" "the object of my affection"

(... is a kind of center ) something interesting that stimulates conversation

(... is a kind of center ) a center of interest

"the war on terrorism has put Saddam Hussein in the crosshairs"

(... is a kind of center ) something that strongly attracts attention and admiration

"if he was the cynosure of all eyes he didn't notice"

(... is a kind of center ) a striking person or thing that attracts attention

Definition 10: the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering - [noun denoting food]

Synonyms for center in the sense of this definition

(center is a kind of ...) a food rich in sugar

(... is made of the substance center) candy made with chocolate

Definition 11: politically moderate persons; centrists - [noun denoting group]

(center is a kind of ...) people having the same social, economic, or educational status

"the working class" "an emerging professional class"

(center is a member of ...) a person who takes a position in the political center

Definition 12: the middle of a military or naval formation - [noun denoting group]

Samples where center or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they had to reinforce the center

(center is a kind of ...) an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit

"a defensive formation" "a formation of planes"

(center belongs to category ...) the military forces of a nation

"their military is the largest in the region" "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

Definition 13: a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure - [noun denoting location]

Synonyms for center in the sense of this definition

(center is a kind of ...) the precise location of something; a spatially limited location

"she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"

(... is a kind of center ) the middle part of a slack rope (as distinguished from its ends)

(... is a kind of center ) the positively charged dense center of an atom

(... is a kind of center ) the central part of the Earth

(... is a kind of center ) the center point on a shield

(... is a kind of center ) the center point or middle of something

"the Incas believed that Cuzco was the navel of the universe"

(... is a kind of center ) the center of an object

"the ball has a titanium core"

(... is a kind of center ) point representing the mean position of the matter in a body

(... is a kind of center ) the point within something at which gravity can be considered to act; in uniform gravity it is equal to the center of mass

(... is a kind of center ) the center of a target

(... is a kind of center ) the center of the Earth

(... is a kind of center ) the center of the circle of curvature

(... is a kind of center ) (astronomy) the center of the head of a comet; consists of small solid particles of ice and frozen gas that vaporizes on approaching the sun to form the coma and tail

Definition 14: an area that is approximately central within some larger region - [noun denoting location]

Samples where center or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it is in the center of town
  • they ran forward into the heart of the struggle
  • they were in the eye of the storm

Synonyms for center in the sense of this definition

(center is a kind of ...) a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)

"it was a mountainous area" "Bible country"

(... is a kind of center ) a center of authority (as a city from which authority is exercised)

(... is a kind of center ) (sports) the middle part of a playing field (as in football or lacrosse)

(... is a kind of center ) the part of a city where medical facilities are centered

(... is a kind of center ) the older and more populated and (usually) poorer central section of a city

(... is a kind of center ) a center of activity or interest or commerce or transportation; a focal point around which events revolve

"the playground is the hub of parental supervision" "the airport is the economic hub of the area"

(... is a kind of center ) the part of a city where financial institutions are centered

(... is a kind of center ) the central area or place of lowest barometric pressure within a storm

(... is a kind of center ) the central part of a city

(... is a kind of center ) the central area on a theater stage

(... is a kind of center ) the middle of a stream

(... is an instance of center) the part of London situated within the ancient boundaries; the commercial and financial center of London

Definition 15: a place where some particular activity is concentrated - [noun denoting location]

Samples where center or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they received messages from several centers

Synonyms for center in the sense of this definition

(center is a kind of ...) any area set aside for a particular purpose

"who owns this place?" "the president was concerned about the property across from the White House"

(... is a kind of center ) a center that provides information and control

"the nerve center of the diamond industry is in Amsterdam"

(... is a kind of center ) a center that is associated more than any other with some activity or product

"the crime capital of Italy" "the drug capital of Columbia"

Definition 16: (football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback - [noun denoting person]

Samples where center or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the center fumbled the handoff

Synonyms for center in the sense of this definition

(center is a kind of ...) one of the players on the line of scrimmage

(center belongs to category ...) any of various games played with a ball (round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal

Definition 17: (basketball) the person who plays center on a basketball team - [noun denoting person]

(center is a kind of ...) an athlete who plays basketball

(... is an instance of center) United States basketball center (born in 1934)

(center belongs to category ...) a game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players; points are scored by throwing the ball through an elevated horizontal hoop

Definition 18: (ice hockey) the person who plays center on a hockey team - [noun denoting person]

(center is a kind of ...) an athlete who plays hockey

(center belongs to category ...) a game played on an ice rink by two opposing teams of six skaters each who try to knock a flat round puck into the opponents' goal with angled hockey sticks

Definition 19: direct one's attention on something - [verb of cognition]

Samples where center or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies

Synonyms for center in the sense of this definition

(center is a kind of ...) use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments

"I've been thinking all day and getting nowhere"

(... is a kind of center ) devote (oneself) fully to

"He immersed himself into his studies"

(... is a kind of center ) cause one's (or someone else's) thoughts or attention to return from a reverie or digression

"She was recalled by a loud laugh"

(... is a kind of center ) focus one's attention on a certain state

"Think big" "think thin"

(... is a kind of center ) examine closely; focus one's attention on

"He zoomed in on the book"

(... is a kind of center ) listen and pay attention

"Listen to your father" "We must hear the expert before we make a decision"

(center has a similar meaning as ...) hold (someone's attention)

"The discovery of the skull riveted the paleontologists"

Definition 20: move into the center - [verb of motion]

Samples where center or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • That vase in the picture is not centered

Synonyms for center in the sense of this definition

(center is a kind of ...) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

"Move those boxes into the corner, please" "I'm moving my money to another bank" "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

Definition 21: center upon - [verb of stative]

Samples where center or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Her entire attention centered on her children
  • Our day revolved around our work

Synonyms for center in the sense of this definition

(center is a kind of ...) be relevant to

"There were lots of questions referring to her talk" "My remark pertained to your earlier comments"

Definition 22: of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually - [adjective denoting all]

(center is similar to ...) supporting or pursuing a course of action that is neither liberal nor conservative

Definition 23: equally distant from the extremes - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for center in the sense of this definition

(center is similar to ...) in or near a center or constituting a center; the inner area

"a central position"

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