cen·​troid ˈsen-ˌtrȯid How to pronounce centroid (audio)
: a point whose coordinates (see coordinate entry 3 sense 1) are the averages of the corresponding coordinates of a given set of points and which for a given plane or three-dimensional figure (such as a triangle or sphere) corresponds to the center of mass of a thin plate of uniform thickness and consistency or a body of uniform consistency having the same boundary

Examples of centroid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web County centroids are generated based on 1900 county boundaries from the IPUMS National Historical Geographic Information System at the University of Minnesota. Zach Levitt, New York Times, 30 Aug. 2023 Locations are approximate and mapped to one of four types of geography: addresses, towns, cities or county centroids. Zach Levitt, New York Times, 30 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of centroid was in 1844

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“Centroid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centroid. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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