The definition of center is the middle or the point equally distant from all sides.(noun)
An example of center is the middle of a circle.
To center is to focus your argument around or to put something in the middle.(verb)
See center in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME & OFr centre < L centrum, center, orig., that point of the compass around which the other describes the circle < Gr kentron, sharp point, goad < kentein, to stitch < IE base *ent-, to prick > OHG hantag, sharp, Goth handugs, wise, ON hannarr, skillful
See center in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English centre
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Latin centrum
Origin: , from Greek kentron, center of a circle
Origin: , from kentein, to prick; see kent- in Indo-European roots. Usage Note: Traditionally, the verb center may be freely used with the prepositions on, upon, in, or at; but some language critics have denounced its use with around as illogical or physically impossible. But the fact that writers persist in using this phrase in sentences such as The discussion centered around the need for curriculum reform, a sentence that 71 percent of the Usage Panel accepts, suggests that many people perceive center around to best represent the true nature of what they are trying to say. Indeed, in an example like A storm of controversy centered around the king, the only appropriate choice seems to be around. Still, if one wishes to avoid the phrase center around, the phrase revolve around is available as an option. Since center can represent various relations involving having, finding, or turning about a center, the choice of a preposition depends on what is intended. There is ample evidence for usages with each preposition listed above. The Panel accepts all of these uses except the one with at. Seventy-seven percent reject the sentence The company has been centered at Atlanta for the last five years. See Usage Note at equal.
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