Dead-center meaning

The point at the end of each stroke of a moving crank and connecting rod at which the two lie in the same straight line and the turning force applied by the connecting rod is zero.
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The position of maximum (top dead center) or minimum (bottom dead center) extension of a crank and a connecting rod, in which both are in the same straight line.
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A nonrevolving center, as of a lathe spindle.
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The exact center.
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The position of the crank of a piston when it is in line with the connecting rod.
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