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 Take two pieces of scrap poplar, clamp them together, and mark straight across them to indicate a centerline. Richard Romanski, Popular Mechanics, "It's Time To Make a Stand-Up Desk," 15 Feb. 2020 According to a criminal complaint: Aviles was pulled over April 6 near Cecilia and Capitol drives after crossing the centerline. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'If I wanted to hurt you, I'd hurt you': A 28-year-old Mukwonago man is accused of injuring sheriff's deputies," 10 Apr. 2020 Mark the bit’s centerline on the drill-press fence. Richard Romanski, Popular Mechanics, "It's Time To Make a Stand-Up Desk," 15 Feb. 2020 The driver and passenger sit close to each other near the centerline of the car, nearly as shoulder-to-shoulder as in a McLaren. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "1,200 uncomfortable miles in a gorgeous Acura NSX hybrid supercar," 12 Mar. 2020 Measure and mark the centerlines of the holes for the bench dogs based on the diagram on the opposite page. Richard Romanski, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build the Ultimate DIY Workbench," 18 Jan. 2020 Of course, the device wasn’t accurate if drivers didn’t precisely follow the centerline of the road. Larry Printz, Ars Technica, "Turn-by-turntables: How drivers got from point A to point B in the early 1900s," 6 Jan. 2020 Howk was northbound in a 2007 Hyundai when his vehicle crossed the centerline and struck a southbound 2015 Nissan driven by Flowers, troopers said. Tony Holt, Arkansas Online, "Conway County collision kills both drivers, injures juvenile passenger," 28 Dec. 2019 Two drivers were killed Sunday when one of them crossed the centerline on Oregon 18 near Sheridan, hitting the other, troopers say. oregonlive, "2 drivers killed in head-on crash near Sheridan," 14 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of centerline

1807, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of centerline was in 1807

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30 May 2020

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“Centerline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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