Franzen, too, centered his latest novel, Freedom, on a seemingly bland and insular character.
Adelaide isn't just a doll letting things happen to her, she's a complicated and centered character with a lot at stake.
Season 4, like the beginning of the series, is centered on another failed drone strike.
His campaign has centered not on being a centrist or a moderate, but on attempting to cast doubt on the character of his opponent.
Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba said on Tuesday that the bulk of the investigations had centered on Berry and DeJesus.
A block of plaster about one inch thicker than the height of the proposed cup is taken and centered upon the wheel.
Her thoughts were centered in that adjoining room and she wondered why he delayed.
Penny knew that Danny, a hardened criminal, would never give her any information, so she centered her attention upon Hod and Coon.
It was in this latter section that the Teutons now centered their activities.
Every thought in his inadequate brain was centered round his wife.
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.
1590s, "to concentrate at a center," from center (n.). Related: Centered; centering. Meaning "to rest as at a center" is from 1620s. Sports sense of "to hit toward the center" is from 1890. To be centered on is from 1713. In combinations, -centered is attested by 1958.
center cen·ter (sěn'tər)
A point or place in the body that is equally distant from its sides or outer boundaries; the middle.
A group of neurons in the central nervous system that control a particular function.