con·cen·tric | \kən-ˈsen-trik, 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, ˌkän- \ adverb
concentricity \ˌkän-ˌsen-ˈtri-sə-tē \ noun

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Outside on the upper deck, a copper concentric wind sculpture by Lyman Whitaker resembles an exotic plant. Sally A. Downey,, "Poconos weekend retreat becomes year-round home," 12 June 2018 At this moment, the work depicts an aerial view of the power plant, concentric circles of tile-like mirrors with a tower at its center that, all together, resembles an ancient, slate-gray sundial of sorts. Deborah Vankin,, "LACMA debuts its 'Solar Reserve,' a digital sculpture addressing energy conservation," 12 July 2018 The henge-like enclosures at Pömmelte consist of seven concentric rings made of ditches and banks, the largest stretching about 380 feet in diameter. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Germany’s “Stonehenge” Reveals Evidence of Human Sacrifice," 30 June 2018 For all trees, install concentric rings of in-line drip irrigation. Nan Sterman,, "Branching out with new crops," 31 May 2018 On leaves, brown to black spots form and enlarge, developing concentric rings. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthy Food By Identifying + Treating These Common Plant Diseases," 21 July 2015 The speakers form concentric circles around Faye, each leading closer to the core, like the canals of Amsterdam or the circles of hell. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Empty Space of Rachel Cusk," 15 June 2018 Lay the tomato slices over the cheese, overlapping in concentric circles. Jill Gibson,, "Recipe: A buttery crust made with fresh basil holds goat cheese and sliced tomatoes," 11 June 2018 Hitting microchipped balls to concentric-circle targets is still TopGolf’s core idea, with results flashed to a screen in your hitting bay. John Paul Newport, WSJ, "The New Golf Vacation: Quicker, Easier and More Fun," 31 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of concentric

: having the same center


con·cen·tric | \kən-ˈsen-trik, (ˈ)kän- \

Medical Definition of concentric 

: having a common center concentric circles

Other Words from concentric

concentrically \-tri-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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