centre

Definitions

General English

General Science

Accounting

  • noun a department, area or function to which costs and/or revenues are charged

Cars & Driving

  • verb to place (a part) in a central position in relation to another part

Computing

  • verb to align the read/write head correctly on a magnetic disk or tape
  • verb to place a piece of text in the centre of the paper or display screen

Law

  • noun an office or building where people can go for information and advice.

Medical

  • noun the middle point, or the main part of something
  • noun the point where a group of nerves come together

Politics

  • a place where people can go for information or advice
  • a building used for a particular activity
  • noun the position occupied by parties or people in the middle of the range of political ideas

Publishing

  • noun a point in the middle of an area
  • noun a group of items in an account
  • verb to arrange a piece of text so that the middle of the text is in the middle of the line on the page

Sports

  • noun in some sports, an attacking player or position in the middle of the field or court
  • noun in Australian Rules football, a player who occupies a position in the centre circle
  • verb in some sports, to pass, hit or kick a ball or puck from the edge of the playing area towards the middle

Travel

  • noun a group of buildings for a special purpose

Origin & History of “centre”

The word centre came originally from the spike of a pair of compasses which is stuck into a surface while the other arm describes a circle round it. Greek kéntron meant ‘sharp point’, or more specifically ‘goad for oxen’ (it was a derivative of the verb kentein ‘prick’), and hence was applied to a compass spike; and it was not long before this spread metaphorically to ‘mid-point of a circle’. The word reached English either via Old French centre or directly from Latin centrum. The derived adjective central is 16th-century.
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