cen·​ter·​line ˈsen-tər-ˈlīn How to pronounce centerline (audio)
: a real or imaginary line that is equidistant from the surface or sides of something

Examples of centerline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most places along the centerline of the path of totality will see a totality duration between 3.5 and 4 minutes long, according to NASA. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 8 Apr. 2024 Most places along the centerline will see totality lasting between three and a half minutes and four minutes. Mallory Moench, TIME, 6 Apr. 2024 Several cities in Ohio will be in the centerline of both 2024 and 2099, giving them a prime viewing of the total solar eclipse. The Enquirer, 19 Mar. 2024 In 2017, Carbondale, Illinois was on the centerline of totality. The Enquirer, 19 Mar. 2024 Roads in states where sky gazers will travel to see the centerline of totality will be most prone to traffic jams. Kayla Jimenez, USA TODAY, 2 Mar. 2024 The city can also be used as a base to go for the west towards the centerline and four minutes of totality. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 Its new aluminum block extends well below the crankshaft centerline and uses six bolts (four from the bottom and one from each side) to retain each main-bearing cap. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 7 Sep. 2023 Avon, an upscale suburb of Cleveland, is closer to the centerline, while Cuyahoga Valley National Park—one of only two national parks in the U.S. to get totality—is another beautiful destination. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1807, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of centerline was in 1807

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“Centerline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


cen·​ter·​line ˈsen-tər-ˈlīn How to pronounce centerline (audio)
: a real or imaginary line that runs down the middle of something
the centerline of the highway

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