: the point around which a circle or sphere is described
broadly: a point that is related to a geometrical figure in such a way that for any point on the figure there is another point on the figure such that a straight line joining the two points is bisected by the original point
What prepositions are used with center?: Usage Guide
The intransitive verb center is most commonly used with the prepositions in, on, at, and around. At appears to be favored in mathematical contexts; the others are found in a broad range of contexts. Center around, a standard idiom, has often been objected to as illogical. The logic on which the objections are based is irrelevant, since center around is an idiom and idioms have their own logic. Center on is currently more common in edited prose, and revolve around and similar verbs are available if you want to avoid center around.
the center of the room
The staircase is in the center of the building.
They are at the center of a furious debate over whether or not to expand the city's public transportation system.
The vaccine is being tested at several medical centers around the country. VerbCenter the picture on the wall.centered administrative duties under the command of a single personSee More
Recent Examples on the Web
The university's student health center already stocked emergency contraception but has limited operating hours.—Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 1 Feb. 2023 Notre Dame Academy girls' hockey John Findley (right) chats with Lucy Delgallo (left) and Sarah Francis (center) before the start of a recent practice at The Bavis Ice Arena.—Julia Yohe, BostonGlobe.com, 31 Jan. 2023 The Horrible Bosses star popped the question to Wilde with a 1920s Parisian engagement ring that featured a circle of emeralds around a center diamond — one that Wilde told Marie Claire Sudeikis had been carrying around for a month.—Nicole Briese, Peoplemag, 31 Jan. 2023 There are also new 22-inch wheels wrapped with Continental Sport Contact 7 tires, and Audi has retuned the RS7's center differential as well as the programming for its selectable drive modes.—Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 31 Jan. 2023 Intel last week reported a 33% decline in data-center sales for the same period.—Robert Wall, WSJ, 31 Jan. 2023 Hamburg, which has been lavished with money by Körber’s foundation, has a school, street and sprawling new center named for him.—Lev Golinkin, CNN, 31 Jan. 2023 The Scottsdale entertainment center is hosting a watch party with multiple experience options for Super Bowl 57.—Endia Fontanez, The Arizona Republic, 31 Jan. 2023 Also nearby are the El Corazon Senior Center, the aquatics center, and the 22-field SoCal Sports soccer complex, which hosts soccer, lacross and rugby events for teams from throughout the Southwest.—San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Jan. 2023
Ashwagandha is an adaptogen that helps the body withstand and adapt to stress, returning us to center.—Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 21 Dec. 2022 Jackson Powers-Johnson, who initially took over at right guard before moving to center last week, was the right guard for the starting offense during pregame.—oregonlive, 19 Nov. 2022 Luke Glendening and Vladislav Namestnikov could have shifted to center if the Stars wanted to scratch one of their centers.—Dallas News, 10 Apr. 2022 Talks are expected to center on the coronavirus, climate change, the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Africa, trade and more, according to White House officials.—Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, 11 Dec. 2022 Talks are expected to center on the coronavirus, climate change, the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Africa, trade and more, according to White House officials.—Aamer Madhani, Chicago Tribune, 11 Dec. 2022 The Reds put their first two batters on base in the eighth inning, Aristides Aquino and Alejo Lopez, through a soft ground ball that snuck through a defensive shift and a bloop single to center.—The Enquirer, 26 Aug. 2022 The Cardinals padded their lead on a Tommy Edman run-scoring single to center an inning later.—Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 21 Aug. 2022 Steven Kwan, who had three hits in the first game, tied it with a bloop single to center.—Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 23 July 2022 See More
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Middle English centre, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin centrum "point of the stationary leg of a pair of compasses, midpoint of a circle or sphere," borrowed from Greek kéntron "sting, goad, point, stationary point of a pair of compasses, midpoint of a circle or sphere," probably reshaping (after the base verb kenteîn) of késtron "toothed implement, name for several nettle-like plants," from kentéō, kenteîn "to sting, goad, prick" (going back to Indo-European *ḱent-, *ḱnt- "sting, prick," whence Old High German hantag "pointed," Latvian sīts "hunting spear") + -tron, suffix of instruments