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 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 The report didn't say what may have caused the Ranger to cross the centerline. Josh Snyder, Arkansas Online, "Police: Head-on crash in Arkansas kills 3, including both drivers," 9 Dec. 2019 Marvin Fisher, 28, drove a Chevrolet Traverse across the centerline of Franklin Boulevard near the Columbus Road Bridge about 6 a.m. and hit a 41-year-old woman who was jogging, Cleveland Municipal Court records say. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Cleveland man intentionally hit Flats jogger with SUV, police say," 8 Dec. 2019 According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the driver of a Ford Fusion heading east on Highway 14 crossed the centerline of the two-lane highway and collided head-on with a westbound semi. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "2 motorists killed in head-on crash with semi in southern Minnesota," 21 Nov. 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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21 Mar 2020

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“Centerline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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