center (

     adj 1: equally distant from the extremes [syn: center(a), halfway,
             middle(a), midway]
     2: of or belonging to neither the right nor the left
        politically or intellectually [ant: right, left]
     n 1: 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" [syn: centre, middle, heart, eye]
     2: the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the
        catcher; "he hit the ball to deep center" [syn: centerfield]
     3: a building dedicated to a particular activity; "they were
        raising money to build a new center for research" [syn: centre]
     4: a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the
        extremities of a figure [syn: centre, midpoint]
     5: 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" [syn: kernel, substance, core,
         essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness,
         marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty]
     6: the object upon which interest and attention focuses; "his
        stories made him the center of the party" [syn: {center of
     7: a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily
        process; "in most people the speech center is in the left
        hemisphere" [syn: centre, nerve center, nerve centre]
     8: the middle of a military or naval formation; "they had to
        reinforce the center"
     9: (basketball) the person who plays center
     10: (football) the person who plays center on the line of
         scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback; "the
         center fumbled the handoff" [syn: snapper]
     11: a place where some particular activity is concentrated;
         "they received messages from several centers" [syn: centre]
     12: politically moderate persons; centrists
     13: (ice hockey) the person who plays center
     14: mercantile establishment consisting of a carefully
         landscaped complex of shops representing leading
         merchandisers; a modern version of the traditional
         marketplace; "a good plaza should have a movie house";
         "they spent their weekends at the local malls" [syn: plaza,
          mall, shopping mall, shopping center]
     15: the position on a hockey team of the player who participates
         in the face off at the beginning of the game
     16: the position of the player on the line of scrimmage who puts
         the ball in play; "it is a center's responsibility to get
         the football to the quarterback"
     17: a position on a basketball team of the player who
         participates in the center jump to start the game
     v 1: center upon; "Her entire attention centered on her
          children"; "Our day revolved around our work" [syn: {focus
          on}, center on, revolve around, revolve about, {concentrate
     2: focus one's attention on something; "Please focus on your
        studies and not on your hobbies" [syn: concentrate, focus,
         centre, pore, rivet]
     3: move into the center; "That vase in the picture is not
        centered" [syn: centre]