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(US), center
1. Geometry
a. the midpoint of any line or figure, esp the point within a circle or sphere that is equidistant from any point on the circumference or surface
b. the point within a body through which a specified force may be considered to act, such as the centre of gravity
2. the point, axis, or pivot about which a body rotates
3. Politics
a. a political party or group favouring moderation, esp the moderate members of a legislative assembly
b. (as modifier): a Centre-Left alliance
4. Physiol any part of the central nervous system that regulates a specific function
5. a bar with a conical point upon which a workpiece or part may be turned or ground
6. a punch mark or small conical hole in a part to be drilled, which enables the point of the drill to be located accurately
7. Basketball
a. the position of a player who jumps for the ball at the start of play
b. the player in this position
8. Archery
a. the ring around the bull's eye
b. a shot that hits this ring


1. the. the sparsely inhabited central region of Australia
2. a region of central France: generally low-lying; drained chiefly by the Rivers Loire, Loir, and Cher
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I came to grips with the fact that a tree has many roots and I have many roots--some of them good and some of them not so good, such as loving to be the center of attention.
Edited by Peter Humfrey and Martin Kemp, this volume took a broad, European perspective that placed the altarpiece, more than the artist, at the center of attention.
Trump may or may not run for the White House, but the real estate magnate and reality TV star has already reached his preferred destination: the center of attention.
And just as Kahn plans to attend Fleisher's recital the night before the Oscars, Fleisher has tickets to the awards ceremony, a rare black-tie occasion at which the pianist won't be the center of attention.
In his frequent Walter Mitty-like daydreams, though, he is always the center of attention, heroic and talented.
We have] similar tastes but somewhat different approaches to life: Emerson always wants to be the center of attention, and I'm more reserved.
At the ICA, the center of attention will be not the building, but rather its contents and views of the city beyond.

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