centerline

noun
cen·​ter·​line | \ ˈsen-tər-ˈlīn How to pronounce centerline (audio) , -ˌlīn, ˈse-nər-\

Definition of centerline

: a real or imaginary line that is equidistant from the surface or sides of something

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Chrysler allows two to six inches below centerline while Nissan allows for slightly more than 3 1/2 inches. Anthony Alaniz, Popular Mechanics, "How to Adjust Your Headlights," 27 Sep. 2018 For example, General Motors says there should be zero distance between the center of the beam and the horizontal centerline of the headlamp, while Toyota says 1/2 inch is within spec. Anthony Alaniz, Popular Mechanics, "How to Adjust Your Headlights," 27 Sep. 2018 Assuming two quad packs on each wing plus the centerline missiles, that comes out to just 20 missiles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Boeing's Newest F-15 Packs More Than Two Dozen Missiles," 18 July 2018 Five people were killed and more than 60 were injured when an axle broke on the Ride the Ducks vehicle, causing the amphibious, World War II-vehicle to cross the centerline and hit the bus on Sept. 24, 2015. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Jurors in Ride the Ducks trial leave courthouse to view vehicles damaged in deadly crash," 6 Nov. 2018 The centerline is the line that extends from the baseline to the non-volley line. Bethany Ao, Philly.com, "How to play pickleball," 12 July 2018 Additional safety improvements feature high visibility striping and installing permanent rumble strips along the highway centerline to warn drivers if their vehicle is drifting outside of the lane. Ramona Sentinel, "Caltrans begins $11M repairs on Route 78," 11 July 2018 The investigation indicated that around 1:10 p.m., Gonzales was driving westbound on Bilter Road when his 2014 Ford Explorer crossed the centerline and hit an eastbound 2006 GMC Savana about two-tenths of a mile east of Wilton Lane, police said. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora man charged with aggravated reckless driving after crash in city," 9 July 2018 Use the centerline to guide you, and watch your mirrors. Scott Sturgis, Philly.com, "A left-hand view on driving through England," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of centerline

1807, in the meaning defined above

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