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     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: {center
     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 on a basketball
     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 on a hockey team
     14: the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is
         enclosed in chocolate or some other covering [syn: {centre}]
     15: 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 house"; "they spent their weekends at the local
         malls" [syn: {plaza}, {mall}, {shopping mall}, {shopping
         center}, {shopping centre}]
     16: the position on a hockey team of the player who participates
         in the face off at the beginning of the game
     17: 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"
     18: 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: direct 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}]
Source: WordNet® 2.0

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