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CENTRE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Centre mean? 

CENTRE (noun)
  The noun CENTRE has 7 senses:

1. a low-lying region in central France
2. an area that is approximately central within some larger region
3. a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure
4. a place where some particular activity is concentrated
5. the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering
6. a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process
7. a building dedicated to a particular activity

  Familiarity information: CENTRE used as a noun is common.


CENTRE (verb)
  The verb CENTRE has 2 senses:

1. move into the center
2. direct one's attention on something

  Familiarity information: CENTRE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CENTRE (noun)


Sense 1Centre [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A low-lying region in central France

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Instance hypernyms:

French region (a geographical subdivision of France)

Holonyms ("Centre" is a part of...):

France; French Republic (a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe)


Sense 2centre [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An area that is approximately central within some larger region

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

middle; center; centre; eye; heart

Context examples:

it is in the center of town / they ran forward into the heart of the struggle / they were in the eye of the storm

Hypernyms ("centre" is a kind of...):

area; country (a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "centre"):

midstream (the middle of a stream)

seat (a center of authority (as a city from which authority is exercised))

midfield ((sports) the middle part of a playing field (as in football or lacrosse))

medical center (the part of a city where medical facilities are centered)

inner city (the older and more populated and (usually) poorer central section of a city)

hub (a center of activity or interest or commerce or transportation; a focal point around which events revolve)

financial center (the part of a city where financial institutions are centered)

storm center; storm centre (the central area or place of lowest barometric pressure within a storm)

central city; city center; city centre (the central part of a city)

center stage; centre stage (the central area on a theater stage)

Instance hyponyms:

City of London; the City (the part of London situated within the ancient boundaries; the commercial and financial center of London)


Sense 3centre [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

midpoint; centre; center

Hypernyms ("centre" is a kind of...):

point (the precise location of something; a spatially limited location)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "centre"):

navel; navel point (the center point or middle of something)

nombril (the center point on a shield)

core (the central part of the Earth)

nucleus (the positively charged dense center of an atom)

nucleus ((astronomy) the center of the head of a comet; consists of small solid particles of ice and frozen gas that vaporizes on approaching the sun to form the coma and tail)

core (the center of an object)

center of mass; centre of mass (point representing the mean position of the matter in a body)

bight (the middle part of a slack rope (as distinguished from its ends))

center of curvature; centre of curvature (the center of the circle of curvature)

bowels (the center of the Earth)

bull; bull's eye (the center of a target)

center of gravity; centre of gravity (the point within something at which gravity can be considered to act; in uniform gravity it is equal to the center of mass)


Sense 4centre [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A place where some particular activity is concentrated

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

centre; center

Context example:

they received messages from several centers

Hypernyms ("centre" is a kind of...):

place; property (any area set aside for a particular purpose)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "centre"):

nerve center; nerve centre (a center that provides information and control)

capital (a center that is associated more than any other with some activity or product)


Sense 5centre [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Synonyms:

centre; center

Hypernyms ("centre" is a kind of...):

confection; sweet (a food rich in sugar)

Holonyms ("centre" is a substance of...):

chocolate candy (candy made with chocolate)


Sense 6centre [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

nerve center; nerve centre; centre; center

Context example:

in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere

Hypernyms ("centre" is a kind of...):

neural structure (a structure that is part of the nervous system)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "centre"):

respiratory center (the center in the medulla oblongata and pons that integrates sensory information about the level of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood and determines the signals to be sent to the respiratory muscles)

inferior colliculus (an essential auditory center in the midbrain)

superior colliculus (an essential visual center between the retina and the striate cortex)

Wernicke's area; Wernicke's center (the auditory word center; located in the posterior part of the superior temporal convolution in most people)

Broca's area; Broca's center; Broca's convolution; Broca's gyrus; convolution of Broca (the motor speech center in the left hemisphere of the brain in most people)

olfactory brain; rhinencephalon (a center in the cerebral hemispheres that governs the sense of smell in lower animals; in humans it seems to mediate complex emotional behavior)

auditory center (the part of the brain (in a fold of the cerebral cortex of the temporal lobe on both sides of the brain) that receives impulses from the ear by way of the auditory nerve)


Sense 7centre [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A building dedicated to a particular activity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

center; centre

Context example:

they were raising money to build a new center for research

Hypernyms ("centre" is a kind of...):

building; edifice (a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "centre"):

burn center (a center where patients with severe burns can be treated)

student center (a center for student activities at a college or university)

settlement house (a center in an underprivileged area that provides community services)

service club (a recreational center for servicemen)

research center; research facility (a center where research is done)

control center (the operational center for a group of related activities)

conference center; conference house (a center where conferences can be conducted)

civic center; community center (a center where the members of a community can gather for social or cultural activities)

call center; call centre (a center equipped to handle a large volume of telephone calls (especially for taking orders or serving customers))


CENTRE (verb)


Sense 1centre [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move into the center

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

centre; center

Context example:

That vase in the picture is not centered

Hypernyms (to "centre" is one way to...):

displace; move (cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2centre [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Direct one's attention on something

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

rivet; pore; focus; concentrate; centre; center

Context example:

Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies

Hypernyms (to "centre" is one way to...):

cerebrate; cogitate; think (use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "centre"):

absorb; engross; engulf; immerse; plunge; soak up; steep (engross (oneself) fully)

recall (cause one's (or someone else's) thoughts or attention to return from a reverie or digression)

think (focus one's attention on a certain state)

zoom in (examine closely; focus one's attention on)

hear; listen; take heed (listen and pay attention)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s on something


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