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centre

[sen-ter] /ˈsɛn tər/
noun, verb, centred, centring. Chiefly British
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British Dictionary definitions for centring

centring

/ˈsɛntrɪŋ/
noun
1.
a temporary structure, esp one made of timber, used to support an arch during construction

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
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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
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a place at which some specified activity is concentrated a shopping centre
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a person or thing that is a focus of interest
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a place of activity or influence a centre of power
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a person, group, policy, or thing in the middle
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(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
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(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
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a punch mark or small conical hole in a part to be drilled, which enables the point of the drill to be located accurately
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(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
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(basketball)
  1. the position of a player who jumps for the ball at the start of play
  2. the player in this position
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(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
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(transitive) to focus or bring together to centre one's thoughts
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(intransitive) often foll by on. to have as a main point of view or theme the novel centred on crime
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(transitive) to adjust or locate (a workpiece or part) using a centre
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(intransitive; foll by on or round) to have as a centre
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(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 centring
centre
British spelling of center (q.v.); for suffix, see -re.
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