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centre

[sen-ter] /ˈsɛn tər/
noun, verb, centred, centring. Chiefly British
1.
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Examples for centre
  • The docks are now an attractive spread of museums, hotels and restaurants, with a concert arena and a convention centre.
  • It is indeed different now and has lost its silent splendor, becoming an entertainment centre.
  • It also has the world's biggest ballroom and a perfectly humungous shopping centre.
  • Bright blue pockets of star formation can be seen to the right and left of centre.
  • It is also a centre for innovation in robotics, electronics and nanotechnology.
  • Or it might pay for children with a rare condition to travel to a trial centre.
  • Indeed the evidence is here that a functional cognitive centre is something of an unexpected blessing.
  • Besides keeping an eye on what is going on, this centre will provide support, information and entertainment to drivers.
  • For more information about our print and digital subscription packages, please visit our subscription centre.
  • Check with the local visitors centre to find out where you can and cannot freedom camp.
British Dictionary definitions for centre

centre

/ˈsɛntə/
noun
1.
(geometry)
  1. the midpoint of any line or figure, esp the point within a circle or sphere that is equidistant from any point on the circumference or surface
  2. the point within a body through which a specified force may be considered to act, such as the centre of gravity
2.
the point, axis, or pivot about which a body rotates
3.
a point, area, or part that is approximately in the middle of a larger area or volume
4.
a place at which some specified activity is concentrated a shopping centre
5.
a person or thing that is a focus of interest
6.
a place of activity or influence a centre of power
7.
a person, group, policy, or thing in the middle
8.
(usually capital) (politics)
  1. a political party or group favouring moderation, esp the moderate members of a legislative assembly
  2. (as modifier) a Centre-Left alliance
9.
(physiol) any part of the central nervous system that regulates a specific function respiratory centre
10.
a bar with a conical point upon which a workpiece or part may be turned or ground
11.
a punch mark or small conical hole in a part to be drilled, which enables the point of the drill to be located accurately
12.
(sport)
  1. a player who plays in the middle of the forward line
  2. the act or an instance of passing the ball from a wing to the middle of the field, court, etc
13.
(basketball)
  1. the position of a player who jumps for the ball at the start of play
  2. the player in this position
14.
(archery)
  1. the ring around the bull's eye
  2. a shot that hits this ring
verb
15.
to move towards, mark, put, or be at a centre
16.
(transitive) to focus or bring together to centre one's thoughts
17.
(intransitive) often foll by on. to have as a main point of view or theme the novel centred on crime
18.
(transitive) to adjust or locate (a workpiece or part) using a centre
19.
(intransitive; foll by on or round) to have as a centre
20.
(transitive) (sport) to pass (the ball) into the middle of the field or court
Word Origin
C14: from Latin centrum the stationary point of a compass, from Greek kentron needle, from kentein to prick

Centre

noun
1.
the Centre (ˈsɛntə). the sparsely inhabited central region of Australia
2.
(French) (sɑ̃trə). a region of central France: generally low-lying; drained chiefly by the Rivers Loire, Loir, and Cher
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Word Origin and History for centre

chiefly British English spelling of center (q.v.); for ending, see -re.

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