con·​cen·​tric | \ kən-ˈsen-trik How to pronounce concentric (audio) , ˌkän-\

Definition of concentric

1 : having a common center concentric circles the concentric layers of the wedding cake
2 : having a common axis : coaxial

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Other Words from concentric

concentrically \ kən-​ˈsen-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce concentrically (audio) , ˌkän-​ \ adverb
concentricity \ ˌkän-​ˌsen-​ˈtri-​sə-​tē How to pronounce concentricity (audio) \ noun

Examples of concentric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Arrange date halves over butter mixture in a pattern of concentric circles with their cut sides facing up. Tannaz Sassooni,, "Persian Upside-Down Cake: A sweet tribute to a Rosh Hashanah tradition," 11 Sep. 2019 According to David Barreira of El Español, the Dolmen of Guadalperal consists of about 140 boulders arranged in a concentric circle. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Drought Reveals Dolmen of Guadalperal, Popularly Dubbed ‘Spanish Stonehenge’," 9 Sep. 2019 The mild flavor of the burrata blossoms thanks to a drizzle of lemon oil on each of the fat dollops that form a concentric circle atop the pie. Soleil Ho,, "Flour + Water Pizzeria, the home of the $8 slice and much, much more," 29 Aug. 2019 But if a shear flow is involved, those concentric circles aren't so circular. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How One Physicist Solved a 127-Year-Old Wave Riddle," 21 Aug. 2019 Carved and drawn into the limestone, figures including concentric circles and a supernatural warrior figure remain a testament to the Mississippian belief that caves were a portal to the underworld. National Geographic, "Take an epic road trip to Tennessee’s coolest caverns," 16 Aug. 2019 For several centuries, modern people have been trying to figure out how prehistoric farmers in southern Britain moved multi-ton blocks of stone into a pair of concentric circles at Stonehenge. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Did Stonehenge builders use pig grease to help slide megaliths into place?," 5 Aug. 2019 After the war ended, the minesweeper units trolled the waters off Kuwait to find and disarm the more than 1,000 mines Iraq had dropped in concentric arcs for miles. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, "Iran Has Hundreds of Naval Mines. U.S. Navy Minesweepers Find Old Dishwashers and Car Parts.," 9 Aug. 2019 The Venn circles were eerily concentric, and the casualness of the league stoked something special. Chris Gayomali, GQ, "How to Make Friends in Your 30s," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of concentric

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for concentric

Middle English consentrik, from Medieval Latin concentricus, from Latin com- + centrum center

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The first known use of concentric was in 1578

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English Language Learners Definition of concentric

: having the same center


con·​cen·​tric | \ kən-ˈsen-trik, (ˈ)kän- How to pronounce concentric (audio) \

Medical Definition of concentric

: having a common center concentric circles

Other Words from concentric

concentrically \ -​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce concentrically (audio) \ adverb

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