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

Other Words from concentric

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

Examples of concentric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first page contained a symbol known as the sonnenrad, or black sun — two concentric circles with jagged beams emanating from the center. New York Times, 14 May 2022 Yet in those concentric circles of grief around the 1 million are people of every age, every income level and every background, vaccinated and not. Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2022 Lu’s immaculately handmade pictures, which consist entirely of brightly hued concentric circles, appear simultaneously gamesome and cerebral. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2022 But while all eyes were on him for those watching at home, those at the game could see the hooded figures begin sitting in large concentric circles at the outside perimeter of the spectacle for Em’s slot. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 14 Feb. 2022 The crest, which appears on the back of team jackets and the like, is a busy conglomeration of quadrants, historical data, verbiage, stars and concentric circles. Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2022 On the surface is a striking navy guilloché dial with concentric waves that have been coated in a translucent matching lacquer. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 12 Apr. 2021 That’s because plyometrics involve quick movements and concentric (shortening) and eccentric (lengthening) muscle contractions. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 12 Jan. 2022 At the start of the concentric phase of the exercise, this workout initially targets your posterior delts and other assisting stabilizer muscles in the shoulder joints. Ben Walker, Outside Online, 28 Aug. 2020 See More

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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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21 May 2022

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“Concentric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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 concentric (audio) \ adverb

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