dead center

noun Machinery.
Also called dead point. (in a reciprocating engine) either of two positions at which the crank cannot be turned by the connecting rod, occurring at each end of a stroke when the crank and connecting rod are in the same line.
See under center ( def 19a ).


dead-center, adjective Unabridged
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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. centre, from L. centrum "center," orig. fixed point of the two points of a compass, from Gk. kentron "sharp point, goad," from kentein "stitch," from PIE base *kent- "to prick" (cf. Breton kentr "a spur," O.H.G. hantag "sharp, pointed"). The verb is from 1620s. Spelling with -re
popularized in Britain by Johnson's dictionary, though -er is older. Center of gravity is recorded from 1650s.
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center cen·ter (sěn'tər)

  1. A point or place in the body that is equally distant from its sides or outer boundaries; the middle.

  2. A group of neurons in the central nervous system that control a particular function.

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