It brought the dot up to dead center point in the locator plate and stopped.
The trunk of a tree split the field of view as close to dead center as it could be.
The first mark should be just far enough in on the cylinder to insure cutting past the point of the dead center.
There is practically no dead center, as in the case where the ordinary crank and lever is used.
My hand came forward in a short jab that caught her dead center in the plexus below the ribs.
In the middle there would be a dead center, and if the block stopped here, the valve would not move at all.
With a sharp pencil mark off the required length, starting from the dead center end.
See that the crank is not on a dead center, and put on just enough steam to start the engine.
When this line is level the crank will be upon its dead center.
When performing this preparatory compression the piston may be brought nearly up to the dead center but not quite.
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.
A point at which nothing is happening: Let's try to get this negotiation off dead center (1920s+)