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 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 Target: Made of 1.5-inch thick cottonwood boards, and painted with five concentric circles. Star Tribune, "An Axe-Throwing Primer," 3 Dec. 2020 Visually, the concentric circles formed by the star trails are evocative of an infinite tunnel, receding into the dark abyss of history., "Looking at the night sky is like peering back into ancient history for photographers," 1 Dec. 2020 One of the keys to its great sound is the tweeter, which combines a concentric ring radiator tweeter with a conventional dome tweeter. Star Tribune, "Sound Advice: Start with the speakers when building a sound system," 6 Nov. 2020 Growing up is becoming familiar with a series of rolling concentric circles. David Marchese, New York Times, "Yo-Yo Ma and the Meaning of Life," 20 Nov. 2020 Studies have shown that the Karuk historically burned 2-mile concentric circles around their village, creating a mosaic of brush and hard woods used for basketry, bow making and other tools, said Kathy McCovey, a Karuk cultural specialist. Peter Fimrite,, "California tribe offered solution to wildfire management. Was U.S. Forest Service listening?," 11 Oct. 2020 Shoggoths are hideous to look at — pale, bulbous, covered in scabby, asymmetric eyes — and deadly to encounter, with concentric rows of gnarled teeth that turn trespassers into tartare. Reggie Ugwu, New York Times, "Making the Monsters of ‘Lovecraft Country’," 5 Oct. 2020 The virus finds its way through concentric circles of testing, hand sanitizer and denial. Washington Post, "Trump’s refusal to wear face masks turned them into a sad national symbol," 3 Oct. 2020 The suppliers of hotels and restaurants suffer revenue collapses, and so on in concentric circles outward. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "The Pandemic Depression Is Over. The Pandemic Recession Has Just Begun.," 3 Oct. 2020

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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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22 Dec 2020

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“Concentric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce concentric (audio)

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 concentric (audio) \ adverb

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