• "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
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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 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