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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The man, 37, was driving a 2016 Jeep westbound on Hickory Grove Road west of Lahser Road around 9 a.m. when his car crossed over the centerline, strayed off the road and hit a tree, according to a Bloomfield Township Police Department news release. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Bloomfield Hills man killed when Jeep hits tree," 30 June 2019 According to police, a car going east on that road crossed the centerline and collided with McKenna’s vehicle near Clarksburg Square Road. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Man dies in Montgomery when car going wrong way collides with his, police say," 16 June 2019 The vehicle was also observed to be unable to maintain a proper traffic lane as the vehicle crossed the centerline. Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Villages Police Department weekly report," 24 June 2019 In the intervening years, the county was able to make some improvements recommended in a 2008 federal audit, such as install rumble strips, speed limit signs and a solid centerline., "Buckle up: Northwest Cornelius Pass Road will close for 11 weeks, expect delays and detours abound," 24 June 2019 Thousands turned out for the Gaspee Days Parade, slurping Del’s lemonade as bagpipes wailed, Clydesdales clip-clopped down a red-white-and-blue centerline, and the air filled with acrid clouds of musket smoke. Edward Fitzpatrick,, "Once a desirable middle class destination, Warwick now faces financial stress," 13 June 2019 The Kia then crossed the centerline and hit an oncoming Toyota Camry head-on, according to police. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora man charged with DUI, weapon possession after crash in St. Charles," 5 June 2019 Gore was driving a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix when the vehicle crossed the centerline and collided head on with a Peterbilt log truck, authorities said. Howard Koplowitz |,, "Two children, ages 2 and 4, among 4 killed in Cullman County crash," 3 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of centerline

1807, in the meaning defined above

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