cen·​tric | \ ˈsen-trik How to pronounce centric (audio) \

Definition of centric

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : located in or at a center : central a centric point
2 : concentrated about or directed to a center a centric activity
3 : of, relating to, or having a centromere
4 : of, relating to, or resembling an order (Centrales) of radially symmetrical diatoms

Definition of -centric (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : having (such) a center or (such or so many) centers polycentric
2 : having (something specified) as its center heliocentric

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Other Words from centric


centrically \ ˈsen-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce centrically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of centric in a Sentence

Adjective combining form The solar system is heliocentric, meaning that the sun is at its center.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Think energy-saving, centralized air conditioning facilities that free up building roofs for greenery, pedestrian-and-driverless-car-centric streets, and hundreds of shade trees. Paul Abercrombie, chicagotribune.com, "Tampa sees a renaissance along the river," 12 Nov. 2019 Think energy-saving, centralized air conditioning facilities that free up building roofs for greenery, pedestrian-and-driverless-car-centric streets, and hundreds of shade trees. Washington Post, "Tampa reinvents itself to show off its shores," 8 Nov. 2019 The magazine and review site worked together to find the 20 most highly rated burger-centric restaurants around the U.S. The Avondale restaurant was the only Arizona restaurant to make the list. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "This Avondale restaurant serves some of the best burgers in the U.S. according to Yelp," 29 Oct. 2019 Red Cow: This burger-centric restaurant has wisely also taken up the flag for craft beer, and its list is something to behold. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "In 2019, the burgers in these cities are better than ever," 24 Oct. 2019 How does a vegetable-centric restaurant in Los Angeles miss that mark? Los Angeles Times, "What’s missing at vegan Nic’s on Beverly? Creative, exciting cooking," 17 Oct. 2019 Wolfgang Puck’s steak-centric restaurant is appropriately sleek for the setting, housed in a modern, all-white space designed by Getty Center architect Richard Meier. Patricia Escárcega, latimes.com, "Beyond Spago, exploring Wolfgang Puck’s L.A. empire at Cut and Chinois on Main," 27 June 2019 Portland City Council approved the project last November as one of 18 bike, transit and pedestrian-centric proposals included in a $36 million plan to make downtown and inner eastside easier to get around for non-motorists. oregonlive.com, "Northbound Naito Parkway will have one lane for cars forever," 8 Aug. 2019 However, with the Patriots seemingly moving to a less tight-end centric offense this season, someone has to run the crash routes over the middle. BostonGlobe.com, "FOXBOROUGH — Josh Gordon is bigger, and he thinks that will make him better.," 14 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of centric


circa 1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for centric


Greek kentrikos of the center, from kentron

Adjective combining form

Medieval Latin -centricus, from Latin centrum center

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17 Nov 2019

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The first known use of centric was circa 1593

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English Language Learners Definition of -centric

: having (something) at the center
: having (something) as a central interest, influence, subject, etc.


cen·​tric | \ ˈsen-trik How to pronounce centric (audio) \

Medical Definition of centric

1 : of or relating to a nerve center
2 : of, relating to, or having a centromere
3 of dental occlusion : involving spatial relationships such that all teeth of both jaws meet in a normal manner and forces exerted by the lower on the upper jaw are perfectly distributed in the dental arch

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