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 for center
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  center \cen"ter\ (s[e^]n"t[~e]r), n. [F. centre, fr. L. centrum,
     fr. Gr. ke`ntron any sharp point, the point round which a
     circle is described, fr. kentei^n to prick, goad.]
     1. A point equally distant from the extremities of a line,
        figure, or body, or from all parts of the circumference of
        a circle; the middle point or place.
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     2. The middle or central portion of anything.
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     3. A principal or important point of concentration; the
        nucleus around which things are gathered or to which they
        tend; an object of attention, action, or force; as, a
        center of attaction.
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     4. The earth. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     5. Those members of a legislative assembly (as in France) who
        support the existing government. They sit in the middle of
        the legislative chamber, opposite the presiding officer,
        between the conservatives or monarchists, who sit on the
        right of the speaker, and the radicals or advanced
        republicans who occupy the seats on his left, See Right,
        and Left.
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     6. (Arch.) A temporary structure upon which the materials of
        a vault or arch are supported in position until the work
        becomes self-supporting.
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     7. (Mech.)
        (a) One of the two conical steel pins, in a lathe, etc.,
            upon which the work is held, and about which it
            revolves.
        (b) A conical recess, or indentation, in the end of a
            shaft or other work, to receive the point of a center,
            on which the work can turn, as in a lathe.
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     Note: In a lathe the
  
     live center is in the spindle of the head stock; the
  
     dead center is on the tail stock.
  
     Planer centers are stocks carrying centers, when the object
        to be planed must be turned on its axis.
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     Center of an army, the body or troops occupying the place
        in the line between the wings.
  
     Center of a curve or Center of a surface (Geom.)
        (a) A point such that every line drawn through the point
            and terminated by the curve or surface is bisected at
            the point.
        (b) The fixed point of reference in polar coordinates. See
            Coordinates.
  
     Center of curvature of a curve (Geom.), the center of that
        circle which has at any given point of the curve closer
        contact with the curve than has any other circle whatever.
        See Circle.
  
     Center of a fleet, the division or column between the van
        and rear, or between the weather division and the lee.
  
     Center of gravity (Mech.), that point of a body about which
        all its parts can be balanced, or which being supported,
        the whole body will remain at rest, though acted upon by
        gravity.
  
     Center of gyration (Mech.), that point in a rotating body
        at which the whole mass might be concentrated
        (theoretically) without altering the resistance of the
        intertia of the body to angular acceleration or
        retardation.
  
     Center of inertia (Mech.), the center of gravity of a body
        or system of bodies.
  
     Center of motion, the point which remains at rest, while
        all the other parts of a body move round it.
  
     Center of oscillation, the point at which, if the whole
        matter of a suspended body were collected, the time of
        oscillation would be the same as it is in the actual form
        and state of the body.
  
     Center of percussion, that point in a body moving about a
        fixed axis at which it may strike an obstacle without
        communicating a shock to the axis.
  
     Center of pressure (Hydros.), that point in a surface
        pressed by a fluid, at which, if a force equal to the
        whole pressure and in the same line be applied in a
        contrary direction, it will balance or counteract the
        whole pressure of the fluid.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Center \Cen"ter\, Centre \Cen"tre\ v. i. [imp. & p. p.
     Centered or Centred (s[e^]n"t[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n.
     Centering or Centring.]
     1. To be placed in a center; to be central.
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     2. To be collected to a point; to be concentrated; to rest
        on, or gather about, as a center.
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              Where there is no visible truth wherein to center,
              error is as wide as men's fancies.    --Dr. H. More.
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              Our hopes must center in ourselves alone. --Dryden.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Center \Cen"ter\, Centre \Cen"tre\, v. t.
     1. To place or fix in the center or on a central point.
        --Milton.
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     2. To collect to a point; to concentrate.
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              Thy joys are centered all in me alone. --Prior.
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     3. (Mech.) To form a recess or indentation for the reception
        of a center.
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