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  7  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Center  \Cen"ter\,  or  Centre  \Cen"tre\,  seal  \seal\  .  (Gas 
  Manuf.) 
  A  compound  hydraulic  valve  for  regulating  the  passage  of  the 
  gas  through  a  set  of  purifiers  so  as  to  cut  out  each  one  in 
  turn  for  the  renewal  of  the  lime. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Center  \Center\,  or  Centre  \Centre\,  punch  \punch\  .  (Mech.) 
  a  A  punch  for  making  indentations  or  dots  in  a  piece  of 
  work  as  for  suspension  between  lathe  centers,  etc 
  b  A  punch  for  punching  holes  in  sheet  metal,  having  a  small 
  conical  center  to  insure  correct  locating. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Center  \Cen"ter\,  Centre  \Cen"tre\  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p. 
  {Centered}  or  {Centred};  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Centering}  or 
  {Centring}.] 
  1.  To  be  placed  in  a  center;  to  be  central. 
 
  2.  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.  --Dr.  H.  More 
 
  Our  hopes  must  center  in  ourselves  alone.  --Dryden. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Center  \Cen"ter\,  n.  [F.  centre,  fr  L.  centrum,  fr  round  which 
  a  circle  is  described,  fr  ?  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 
 
  2.  The  middle  or  central  portion  of  anything 
 
  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. 
 
  4.  The  earth.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  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}. 
 
  6.  (Arch.)  A  temporary  structure  upon  which  the  materials  of 
  a  vault  or  arch  are  supported  in  position  until  the  work 
  becomes  self-supporting. 
 
  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. 
 
  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. 
 
  {Center  of  an  army},  the  body  or  troops  occupying  the  place 
  in  the  line  between  the  wings. 
 
  {Center  of  a}  {curve  or  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  co["o]rdinates. 
  See  {Co["o]rdinates}. 
 
  {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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Center  \Cen"ter\,  Centre  \Cen"tre\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  place  or  fix  in  the  center  or  on  a  central  point. 
  --Milton. 
 
  2.  To  collect  to  a  point;  to  concentrate. 
 
  Thy  joys  are  centered  all  in  me  alone.  --Prior. 
 
  3.  (Mech.)  To  form  a  recess  or  indentation  for  the  reception 
  of  a  center. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  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  part  of  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  nub  of  the  story"  [syn:  {kernel},  {substance}, 
  {core},  {essence},  {gist},  {heart},  {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 
  attention}] 
  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;  "the  center  fumbled  the  handoff" 
  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:  a  modern  complex  of  shops;  "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 
  on}] 
  2:  focus  one's  attention  on  something  [syn:  {concentrate},  {focus}, 
  {centre},  {pore},  {rivet}] 
  3:  move  into  the  center;  "That  vase  in  the  picture  is  not 
  centered"  [syn:  {centre}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Center,  CO  (town,  FIPS  12855) 
  Location:  37.75183  N,  106.10990  W 
  Population  (1990):  1963  (770  housing  units) 
  Area:  2.1  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  81125 
  Center,  KY 
  Zip  code(s):  42214 
  Center,  MO  (city,  FIPS  12592) 
  Location:  39.50985  N,  91.52851  W 
  Population  (1990):  552  (272  housing  units) 
  Area:  1.0  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  63436 
  Center,  ND  (city,  FIPS  13180) 
  Location:  47.11495  N,  101.29692  W 
  Population  (1990):  826  (351  housing  units) 
  Area:  0.9  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Center,  NE  (village,  FIPS  8360) 
  Location:  42.60891  N,  97.87588  W 
  Population  (1990):  112  (55  housing  units) 
  Area:  0.3  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  68724 
  Center,  TX  (city,  FIPS  13732) 
  Location:  31.79353  N,  94.17827  W 
  Population  (1990):  4950  (2161  housing  units) 
  Area:  16.0  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  75935 




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