• "Chicago is the very centre of the earth."
    "Chicago is the very centre of the earth."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v centre direct one's attention on something "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"
    • v centre move into the center "That vase in the picture is not centered"
    • n centre a building dedicated to a particular activity "they were raising money to build a new center for research"
    • n centre a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process "in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere"
    • n centre the object upon which interest and attention focuses "his stories made him the center of the party"
    • n centre the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience "the gist of the prosecutor's argument","the heart and soul of the Republican Party","the nub of the story"
    • n centre the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering
    • n centre a place where some particular activity is concentrated "they received messages from several centers"
    • n centre a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure
    • n centre an area that is approximately central within some larger region "it is in the center of town","they ran forward into the heart of the struggle","they were in the eye of the storm"
    • n Centre a low-lying region in central France
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The gondola is the centre of everything; it is Venice and a living creature besides The gondola is the centre of everything; it is Venice and a living creature besides

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In a psychology experiment, an electrode was attached to the pleasure centre of a rat's brain, which the rat could stimulate at the press of a button. It died of starvation when it wouldn't stop pressing the button long enough to eat.
    • Centre To be collected to a point; to be concentrated; to rest on, or gather about, as a center. "Where there is no visible truth wherein to center , error is as wide as men's fancies.""Our hopes must center in ourselves alone."
    • Centre To be placed in a center; to be central.
    • Centre To collect to a point; to concentrate. "Thy joys are centered all in me alone."
    • Centre (Mech) To form a recess or indentation for the reception of a center.
    • Centre To place or fix in the center or on a central point.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • centre See center.
    • n centre See center.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Centre sen′tėr the middle point of anything, esp. a circle or sphere: the middle: the point toward which all things move or are drawn: the chief leader of an organisation—head-centre: the men of moderate political opinions in the French Chamber, sitting right in front of the president, with extreme men on the right and on the left—further subdivisions are Right-centre and Left-centre: the Ultramontane party in Germany
    • v.t Centre to place on or collect to a centre
    • v.i Centre to be placed in the middle:—pr.p. cen′tring, cen′tering; pa.p. cen′tred, cen′tered
    • ***


In literature:

Braddock still remained in the centre of the field, in the desperate hope of retrieving the fortunes of the day.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
Hot drinks were given out freely in all these centres just behind the line.
"The Romance of the Red Triangle" by Arthur Keysall Yapp
The most important road centre of Campania was Capua, at the east edge of the plain.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
Yf the centre of the circle be not knowen, then seeke oute the centre according to the doctrine of the sixtenth conclusion.
"The Path-Way to Knowledg" by Robert Record
Similarly Qq must pass through the centre of similitude.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 3" by Various
The courtyard was about thirty feet square, with high stone walls, and a well in the centre.
"Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. I." by John L. Stephens
It has three stories or ranges, and in the centre is a grand staircase thirty-two feet wide, rising to the platform of the highest terrace.
"Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. II." by John L. Stephens
Here London is taken as a centre, and we behold the greatest quantity of land existing in one hemisphere.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
For on our continent, too, animals originated and spread in all directions from their centres of dispersal.
"The History of the European Fauna" by R. F. Scharff
This cold and moist matter becomes the earth, in the centre of the universe.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
In the centre of the oasis is the old kasbah or citadel.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 1" by Various
For the middle water-chamber several nearly vertical down-comers are provided in the centre of the boiler.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 2" by Various
Out of the king's vill, as a rule the jurisdictional centre of a hundred, there was sometimes created a borough.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 3" by Various
This grey matter forms collections of nerve cells, which are the centres of origin of several cranial nerves.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 4" by Various
In the centre was an ancient well, without which no cloister seems perfect.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
The chief harbour is that afforded by the bay of Tourane at the centre of the coast-line.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
With us the seed, or stone, of the cherry forms the centre of the fruit; in Australia the stone grows on the outside.
"Under the Southern Cross" by Maturin M. Ballou
In 1534 the town of Muenster in Westphalia became their centre of action.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
The driver occupied a position in the centre of the arrangement, which is shown in fig.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5" by Various
According to Egyptian evidence, Edfu was the centre of the early copper industry and of the Horus cult.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various

In poetry:

People are self-centred
to a nauseous degree.
They will keep on about themselves
while I'm explaining me.
"The Egocentrics" by Piet Hein
My knees pierce th' earth, mine eies the skie:
And yet the sphere
And centre both to me denie
That thou art there.
"The Search" by George Herbert
Crimson and cream and white -
My room is a garden of roses!
Centre and left and right,
Three several splendid posies.
"For a Present of Roses" by Robert Fuller Murray
And at one end, with gentle rise,
Stood something like a throne;
And thither all the radiant eyes,
As to a centre, shone.
"A Book of Dreams: Part I" by George MacDonald
I have a room whereinto no one enters
Save I myself alone:
There sits a blessed memory on a throne,
There my life centres.
"Memory" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Thou shalt know each hidden Cause;
And see the future Time:
Try what depth the Centre draws;
And then to Heaven climb.
"A Dialogue Between The Resolved Soul, And Created Pleasure" by Andrew Marvell

In news:

Toronto's Rogers Centre field sports advertising.
International Cycling Union (UCI) lawyers will determine the world governing body's response to accusations that American cyclist Lance Armstrong was at the centre of a sophisticated doping conspiracy, president Pat McQuaid said on Friday.
In this June 22, 2012 file photo, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa.
But at the Vancouver Olympic Centre, Hans Wuthrich will try to make his ice perfectly bumpy.
Centre Township officials continue to revise regulations for gun clubs and shooting ranges following concerns from residents about a range at the Pocono Beagle Club.
The annual Moon Festival Celebration will be 4 to 8 pm Saturday at Moondance at Midnight Pass, the amphitheater in Beaumont Centre Circle.
New Zealand's Richie McCaw, centre is tackled by Scotland's Ruaridh Jackson, left, and Alasdair Strokosch, right, during the international rugby match at Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland, Sunday Nov 11, 2012.
Attorney for Jerry Sandusky, Joe Amendola arrives at the courthouse Wednesday, June 20, 2012 for the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse trial, at the Centre County Courthouse, in Bellefonte, Pa.
Taste of India Thali Newport Centre Mall Third-floor food court 30 Mall Drive West Jersey City, New Jersey 201-626-2025.
As a coach-driver, I recently brought a party of Japanese visitors to the new Titanic visitor centre in Belfast.
Mayor Gregor Robertson and the rest of the Vision Vancouver slate celebrate their election victory at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver, Saturday, November 19, 2011 in anticipation of the night's events.
Take out one inning for Lewistown's Ryan Keefer, and the Predators take Game 1 of their Centre County League second-round playoff series with Lemont.
Ahmed Bin Sulayem, the executive chairman of the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, says interest in the DMCC has snowballed.
Ottawa's attempt to sell freshwater research centre another blow to science.
Former Penn State football defensive coordinator Gerald Sandusky sits in a car as he leaves the office of Centre County Magisterial District Judge Leslie A Dutchcot in State College, Pa.

In science:

Recently, Cordes & Lazio (1997, ApJ, 475, 557, hereafter CL97) presented calculations which indicated that periodicity searches in the Galactic Centre below 10 GHz would hardly be successful, since scattering will reduce the pulsed fraction of the pulsar signal at lower frequencies.
The Effelsberg Search for Pulsars in the Galactic Centre
New search system for the 6cm Galactic Centre survey, right) improved sensitivity of the new system in comparison to that described by Kramer et al. (1996).
The Effelsberg Search for Pulsars in the Galactic Centre
Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy.
A General Argument Against the Universal Validity of the Superposition Principle
In first approximation, we could say that A is essentially the value x characterizing the “pro jection operator” |xihx| (|xi being an “improper” statevector of the Hilbert space of the pointer) giving the exact position of (e.g., the centre of mass of ) the pointer along the scale.
A General Argument Against the Universal Validity of the Superposition Principle
This difference in sensitivity between different correlations illustrates the importance of having a bright source with which self-calibration can be performed near to the pointing centre of the observations.
Global VLBI Observations of Compact Radio Sources in M82
Labels A to D indicate the four most significant knots of radio emission and the cross in the centre marks the average position of these knots.
Global VLBI Observations of Compact Radio Sources in M82
However, other models which predict nonspherical morphologies include that of Khokhlov et al. (1999) which involves the triggering of a supernova by supersonic jets at the centre of the progenitor star.
Global VLBI Observations of Compact Radio Sources in M82
They also appear in the “Notes de cours du Centre ´Emile Borel, Institut Henri Poincar´e, UMS 839 CNRS-UPMC, Supergravity, Superstrings, and M-Theory , 18 September 2000 - 9 February 2001”. C.S. would like to thank the organizers of both events for their kind invitation.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
Fischer, Enumeration of rhombus tilings of a hexagon which contain a fixed rhombus in the centre, math.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
Using the terminology in [Rot, p.158], recall that a group is complete if it has trivial centre and every automorphism is inner.
Finite simple groups and localization
This function also means the probability that the particle, which is injected in downstream side at a distance of b from the boundary, reaches the boundary against the flow of scattering centres.
Application of random walk theory to the first order Fermi acceleration in shock waves
Unit´e Mixte de Recherche 8549 du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique et de l’ ´Ecole Normale Sup´erieure.
Characteristic polynomials of real symmetric random matrices
Raghavendran, A code for neutron leakage spectra, Report BARC/I-341, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Bombay, India (1975); K. P. N.
Monte Carlo: Basics
He is presently a member of the Theoretical Studies Section of the Materials Science Division, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam. K. P. N.
Monte Carlo: Basics
The more active starburst galaxies in the sample display conditions like the centres of normal galaxies over a much larger region, so that the central warmer component dominates the SED.
The SCUBA Local Universe Galaxy Survey II. 450 micron data - evidence for cold dust in bright IRAS Galaxies