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

Examples of centerline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Witnesses told troopers the 2010 Jeep Wrangler went over the centerline, continued into the south lane’s shoulder, struck a stone wall and overturned, police said. Christine Dempsey,, "Man dies in Canterbury crash," 27 Apr. 2021 The Freightliner, after striking the Dodge Ram, crossed the centerline, and struck a 2018 Chevrolet Impala driven by William Brown, 55, of Five Points, Tenn. Jeremy Gray |, al, "Mississippi man killed, 3 other people injured in north Alabama crash," 16 Apr. 2021 Three motorcycles were traveling east when the Dodge crossed the centerline, striking them, the report states. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, "Troopers: Vehicle strikes group of motorcyclists, killing 1," 8 Apr. 2021 Perhaps the ultimate observing location is surely the Mont Mégantic Observatory in Mont-Mégantic National Park, which is almost bang on the centerline. Jamie Carter, Forbes, "Great North American Eclipse: How To Experience ‘Totality’ With A Stone Circle, A Skyscraper Or A New ‘Diamond Ring’," 6 Apr. 2021 The driver crossed the centerline, striking a 2020 GMC Acadia head-on, troopers said. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, "4 killed in vehicle crashes over weekend," 5 Apr. 2021 The Mercury crossed the centerline and struck the front of a 2005 Ford then hit the rear of a 1997 Mercury sedan, according to troopers. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, "Troopers: Hot Springs woman killed in rollover crash," 16 Mar. 2021 Adri Malushi appeared to give Waubonsie a lift, though, driving to about 6 feet short of the centerline as time wound down in the first half and launching a long shot that banked in at the buzzer to force a 37-37 tie. Rick Armstrong,, "Loyola recruit Ben Schwieger dislocates thumb, tapes it, comes back, gets into foul trouble. That’s how it went for Waubonsie Valley.," 6 Mar. 2021 The semi was heading north when the southbound 2016 Chevrolet Colorado pickup, driven by Victor Ludwig Falkner, crossed the centerline and struck the larger vehicle head-on. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Forest Lake man, 86, dies in crash in Scandia," 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of centerline

1807, in the meaning defined above

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3 May 2021

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“Centerline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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