Centre vs. Center

Centre vs. Center — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Centre and Center

Centrenoun

Variant of center.

Centernoun

A point or place that is equally distant from the sides or outer boundaries of something; the middle

the center of a stage.

Centrenoun

alternative spelling of center. There is evidence that this is an older spelling in the United States, especially in some place names.

Centernoun

A point equidistant from the vertices of a regular polygon.

Centreverb

alternative spelling of center

Centernoun

A point equidistant from all points on the circumference of a circle or on the surface of a sphere.

Centrenoun

a low-lying region in central France

Centernoun

A point around which something rotates or revolves

The sun is the center of our solar system.

Centrenoun

an area that is approximately central within some larger region;

it is in the center of townthey ran forward into the heart of the strugglethey were in the eye of the storm

Centernoun

A part of an object that is surrounded by the rest; a core

chocolates with soft centers.

Centrenoun

a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure

Centernoun

A place where a particular activity or service is concentrated

a medical center.

Centrenoun

a place where some particular activity is concentrated;

they received messages from several centers

Centernoun

A point of origin, as of influence, ideas, or actions

a center of power.a center of unrest.

Centrenoun

the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering

Centernoun

An area of dense population

a metropolitan center.

Centrenoun

a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process;

in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere

Centernoun

A person or thing that is the chief object of attention, interest, activity, or emotion.

Centrenoun

a building dedicated to a particular activity;

they were raising money to build a new center for research

Centernoun

A person, object, or group occupying a middle position.

Centreverb

move into the center;

That vase in the picture is not centered

Centernoun

often Center A political group or a set of policies representing a moderate view between those of the right and the left.

Centreverb

direct one's attention on something;

Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies

Centernoun

(Physiology) A group of neurons in the central nervous system that control a particular function

the vasomotor center.

Centernoun

(Sports) A player who holds a middle position on the field, court, or forward line in some team sports, such as hockey and basketball.

Centernoun

(Football) An offensive lineman who snaps the ball to begin a play, usually positioned in the middle of the line.

Centernoun

(Baseball) Center field.

Centernoun

A small conical hole made in a piece of work with a center punch so that a drill can be accurately positioned within it.

Centernoun

A bar with a conical point used to support work, as during turning on a lathe.

Centernoun

A centering.

Centernoun

A point in space equidistant from all the points on an arch or on a portion of an arch.

Centerverb

To place in or at the center

centered the vase on the table.

Centerverb

To direct toward a center or central point; concentrate or focus

tried to center the discussion on the main issues.

Centerverb

To pass (a ball or puck) toward the center of a playing area.

Centerverb

To play as a center on (a line), as in ice hockey.

Centerverb

(Football) To hike (the ball) to begin a down.

Centerverb

To be concentrated; cluster

The epidemic centered in the urban areas.

Centerverb

To have a central theme or concern; be focused

Her novels center on the problems of adolescence.

Centerverb

(Sports) To play as a center.

Centernoun

The point in the interior of a circle that is equidistant from all points on the circumference.

Centernoun

The point in the interior of a sphere that is equidistant from all points on the circumference.

Centernoun

The middle portion of something; the part well away from the edges.

Centernoun

(geometry) The point on a line that is midway between the ends.

Centernoun

(geometry) The point in the interior of any figure of any number of dimensions that has as its coordinates the arithmetic mean of the coordinates of all points on the perimeter of the figure (or of all points in the interior for a center of volume).

Centernoun

The subgroup (respectively, subring), denoted Z(G), of those elements of a given group (respectively, ring) G that commute with every element of G.

Centernoun

A place where the greater part of some function or activity occurs.

shopping center, convention center, civic center, garment center, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Rockefeller Center

Centernoun

A topic that is particularly important in a given context.

the center of the controversythe center of attention

Centernoun

(basketball) The player, generally the tallest, who plays closest to the basket.

Centernoun

(ice hockey) The forward that generally plays between the left wing and right wing and usually takes the faceoffs.

Centernoun

The person who holds the ball at the beginning of each play.

Centernoun

(netball) A player who can go all over the court, except the shooting circles.

Centernoun

(soccer) A pass played into the centre of the pitch.

Centernoun

(rugby) One of the backs operating in a central area of the pitch, either the inside centre or outside centre.

Centernoun

(architecture) A temporary structure upon which the materials of a vault or arch are supported in position until the work becomes self-supporting.

Centernoun

(engineering) One of the two conical steel pins in a lathe, etc., upon which the work is held, and about which it revolves.

Centernoun

(engineering) 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.

Centernoun

(politics) The ensemble of moderate or centrist political parties.

Centeradjective

Of, at, or related to a center.

Centerverb

(transitive) To cause (an object) to occupy the center of an area.

He centered the heading of the document.

Centerverb

(transitive) To cause (some attribute, such as a mood or voltage) to be adjusted to a value which is midway between the extremes.

Centerverb

(transitive) To give (something) a central basis.

Centerverb

(intransitive) To concentrate on (something), to pay close attention to (something).

The plot centers on the life of a working-class family.The discussion centered around the recent issues.

Centerverb

(engineering) To form a recess or indentation for the reception of a center.

Centernoun

an area that is approximately central within some larger region;

it is in the center of townthey ran forward into the heart of the strugglethey were in the eye of the storm

Centernoun

the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher;

he hit the ball to deep center

Centernoun

a building dedicated to a particular activity;

they were raising money to build a new center for research

Centernoun

a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure

Centernoun

the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience;

the gist of the prosecutor's argumentthe heart and soul of the Republican Partythe nub of the story

Centernoun

the object upon which interest and attention focuses;

his stories made him the center of the party

Centernoun

a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process;

in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere

Centernoun

the middle of a military or naval formation;

they had to reinforce the center

Centernoun

(basketball) the person who plays center on a basketball team

Centernoun

(football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback;

the center fumbled the handoff

Centernoun

a place where some particular activity is concentrated;

they received messages from several centers

Centernoun

politically moderate persons; centrists

Centernoun

(ice hockey) the person who plays center on a hockey team

Centernoun

the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering

Centernoun

mercantile establishment consisting of a carefully landscaped complex of shops representing leading merchandisers; usually includes restaurants and a convenient parking area; a modern version of the traditional marketplace;

a good plaza should have a movie housethey spent their weekends at the local malls

Centernoun

the position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game

Centernoun

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

Centernoun

a position on a basketball team of the player who participates in the center jump to start the game

Centerverb

center upon;

Her entire attention centered on her childrenOur day revolved around our work

Centerverb

direct one's attention on something;

Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies

Centerverb

move into the center;

That vase in the picture is not centered

Centeradjective

equally distant from the extremes

Centeradjective

of or belonging to the political or intellectual right