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  • Some demo held in oil lit so pert necks, I risk centre postillion… idle home demos.
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Usage statistics for the noun Centre:

spoken English33.71%written English66.29% conversational speech20.51%task-oriented speech79.49% imaginative writing22.67%informational writing77.33%
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Definition of the noun centre

What does centre mean as a name of something?

Centre is one of the top 100 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 100 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural:

  • centre: centres
  • Centre: -

  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
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • alternative spelling: center
    • more generic words: place / property = any area set aside for a particular purpose
    • more specific terms:
      • 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
  5. the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering
  6. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
  7. the object upon which interest and attention focuses
  8. a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process
  9. a building dedicated to a particular activity

Specialised definition of the noun centre

Glossary of sports

in some sports, an attacking player or position in the middle of the field or court (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / Australian rules football

a player who occupies a position in the centre circle; in some sports, to pass, hit or kick a ball or puck from the edge of the playing area towards the middle (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a creative player operating in midfield

Glossary of sports / basketball

a player, usually the tallest player on a team, who takes up a position immediately under the basket, often specializing in blocking shots and catching rebounds

Glossary of sports / lacrosse

midfield player who competes in the draw and links play between defence and attack

Glossary of sports / netball

a player (who wears the abbreviation C) who can play in all areas of the court except the shooting circles

Glossary of sports / rugby union

either of the two three-quarters in the centre of the pitch; centres wear the number 3 and 4 shirts

Definition of the verb centre

What does centre mean as a doing word?

Centre is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: centred | centring / centreing (rare form) | centres

  1. move into the center
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • alternative spelling: center
    • more generic words: displace / move = cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  2. direct one's attention on something


  1. Centre is a city in Cherokee County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 3,489. The city is the county seat of Cherokee County and is part of the Gadsden, Alabama Metropolitan Statistical Area.
  2. Centre a.k.a. The Centre Region occupies 69,000 km² of the central plains of the Republic of Cameroon. It is bordered to the north by the Adamawa Region, to the south by the South Region, to the east by the East Region, and to the West by the Littoral and West Regions. It is the second largest of Cameroon's regions in land area. Major ethnic groups include the Bassa, Ewondo, and Vute.
  3. Centre a.k.a. Centre Department: Centre is one of the ten departments of Haiti, located in the center of the country, along the border with the Dominican Republic. It has an area of 3,487 km² and a population of 565,043 in 2003. Its capital is Hinche. It borders the Dominican Republic to the east. It is the only landlocked department of Haiti. It contains the second largest lake in Haiti Lake Peligre, which was created as a result of the construction of the Peligre Hydroelectric Dam on the Artibonite River during the 1950s. It is the largest hydroelectric dam in the Caribbean.
  4. Centre a.k.a. Centre region, Hainaut: The Centre or the Région du Centre is a region within the province of Hainaut in Wallonia, Belgium. It is located between the cities of Mons, Charleroi, Thuin and Brabant.

There are other places with in their name, like Centre-Est, Centre-Sud, Bell Centre, Centre Hall, Centre Hill, Centre-Nord, City centre, Sauk Centre, WFCU Centre, Banff Centre, Centre Court, Centre Laval, Centre Mills, Centre Place, Centre-Ouest, Civic Centre, ENMAX Centre, Gokwe centre, Ilaka Centre and Casman Centre.


  1. Centre a.k.a. Centerman: The centre in ice hockey is a forward position of a player whose primary zone of play is the middle of the ice, away from the side boards. Centres have more flexibility in their positioning and are expected to cover more ice surface than any other player. Centres are ideally stronger, faster skaters who can back check quickly from deep in the opposing zone. Generally, centres are expected to be gifted passers more so than goal scorers, although there are exceptions. They are also expected to have exceptional "ice vision", intelligence, and creativity. They also generally are the most defensively oriented forwards on the ice. Centres usually play as part of a line of players that are substituted frequently to keep fresh and keep the game moving. First-liners are usually the top players, although some top players make the second line to allow for offensive scoring opportunities.
  2. Centre is a sports position.
    • also known as Center, Rugby centre
  3. Centre: In geometry, the centre of an object is a point in some sense in the middle of the object. If geometry is regarded as the study of isometry groups then the centre is a fixed point of the isometries.
  4. The Centre is the name of part of the Sillon industriel or industrial centre of Belgium. It is located in Wallonia between Mons and Charleroi. Its most important town is La Louvière. The region gives its name to the Canal du Centre, between Mons and Thieu, a village near La Louvière.
  5. Centre: Let be a monoidal category.

Phrases with Centre

Phrases starting with the word Centre:

  1. centre bit
  2. Centre Half
  3. Centre-back
  4. centre stage
  5. Centre Third
  6. Centre Circle
  7. centre spread

Phrases ending with the word Centre:

  1. call centre
  2. city centre
  3. Data Centre
  4. dead centre
  5. Craft Centre
  6. Music centre
  7. nerve centre
  8. Shear Centre
  9. storm centre
  10. Chiral Centre
  11. Crafts Centre
  12. Garden centre
  13. Health Centre

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Centre

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Google previewManagement Accounting (2011)

by Bhattacharyya Debarshi

RESPONSIBILITY CENTRE A Responsibility Centre is an area of responsibility of a concern delegated to and...

Google previewSTRATEGIC MARKETING (2008)

Making Decisions for Strategic Advantage by MUSADIQ A. SAHAF

A responsibility centre is the unit of activity for which a manager is accountable to higher authority. 0 A cost centre is the segment of...

Google previewManagement in the Information Technology Sector 101 What You Won't Find in the University Text Books (2010)

by Ronald Stanley

The Shared Service Centre is a very much maligned and misused term to describe a portion of the business that provides...

The whole concept of the Shares Service Centre is that it's a part of the firm that runs s if it's a separate business, ...

Google previewThe Modern Airport Terminal (2004)

New Approaches to Airport Architecture by Brian Edwards

The Centre is the visually dominant part: it towers over the two terminals and establishes axes through them.

The Centre is a complex and expressive structure: it signals in dramatic fashion the presence of the airport, and hints towards the ...

Google previewRadioactive and Stable Isotope Geology (2012)

by H.-G. Attendorn, R. Bowen

The Ge centre is a lattice defect in which a Ge ion replaces a Si site and traps an electron. The Al centre is a defect in which an Al ion replaces a Si site and traps a hole. The OHC (non-bonding oxygen hole centre) is a defect which has a hole ...

Google previewManagement Accounting: For University of Delhi

Profit Centre A Profit Centre is a segment of an organization in which both cost and revenue are measured in terms of monetary units and the manager of this segment is held responsible for both cost as well as revenue.

Google previewFamily centre in the Nordic Countries (2012)

A family centre is a service model which brings together the services that promote the well-being and health of children and families on the basis of a promotive and preventive approach. Sweden has been a pioneer in the development of ...

Google previewProceedings of the Alaskan Boundary Tribunal, Convened at London, Under the Treaty Between the United States of America and Great Britain, Concluded at Washington, January 24, 1903 (1903)

Shows continuation of range which line follows northwesterly, and to right of centre is the abutting range across the wide valley. Shows valley to the east. To the right is the saddle at head of valley near 66 Station 45. Shows the range ...

Google previewCost Accounting (2000)

by P. K. Jain

A responsibility centre is a sub-unit of an organisation under the control of a manager, who is responsible for the activities of...

The profit centre is that division of an organisation in which financial performance is measured on the basis of profit ...

Google previewCongressional Edition (1903)

Shows continuation of range which line follows northwesterly, and to right of centre is the abutting range across the wide valley. Shows valley to the east. To the right is the saddle at head of valley near 66 Station 45. Shows the range ...

Google previewBusiness Process Outsourcing (2009)

A Supply Chain of Expertises by VINOD V. SOPLE

A call centre is a physical location, where calls are placed or received to handle the queries or the problems related ...

Google previewMagna Britannia (1806)

Being a Concise Topographical Account of the Several Counties of Great Britain. Containing Bedfordshire, Berkshire, and Buckinghamshire by Daniel Lysons

In the centre is a high mount, surrounded by a moat, communicating with the river : about ...

Google previewGovernment and Rural Development in East Africa (2012)

Essays on Political Penetration by L. Cliffe, J.S. Coleman, M.R. Doornbos

that the centre is the source of patronage and that tribal nationalists (an old category in the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Correspondences, Representatives, and Significatives Derived from the Word of the Lord. Extracted from the Writings of E. Swedenborg. [Abridged Principally from The"Dictionary of Correspondences,"by G. Nicholson.] (1841)

by Emanuel Swedenborg, George NICHOLSON (Incumbent of Little Budworth.)

CENTRE. The centre from the expanse of nature ought to be viewed from the centre and ...

Google previewClimate Change: An Encyclopedia of Science and History [4 volumes] (2013)

An Encyclopedia of Science and History by Brian C. Black, David M. Hassenzahl Ph.D., Jennie C. Stephens, Gary Weisel, Nancy Gift

The Met Office Hadley Centre, part of the United Kingdom's national weather service and based at the Met Office's headquarters in Exeter, Devon, is regarded as one of the foremost climate change research centers in the United Kingdom and ...

Google previewDictionary of Policing (2013)

by Tim Newburn, Peter Neyroud

Professor Laurence Alison, Centre for Critical Incident Research, University of Liverpool. Alan Beckley, formerly Head of Management Development Training, West Mercia Constabulary. Professor Trevor Bennett, Centre for Criminology, ...

Google previewBailliere's Nurses' Dictionary - E-Book (2014)

for Nurses and Healthcare Workers by Barbara F. Weller

Useful Websites Bournemouth University Centre for Practice Development: http:// An academic centre for practice development supporting practice development activities in health care.

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica Or Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature (1842)

the centre brings to, so as only to keep steerage way; the weather column bears away two points, and when it ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Symbols (2013)

by J. E. Cirlot

It underlies certain images such as the mediaeval cave which symbolizes the human heart as the spiritual 'centre' (14). For Jung, it stands for the security and the impregnability of the unconscious. It appears fairly often in emblematic and ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Djibouti (2000)

by Daoud Aboubaker Alwan, Yohanis Mibrathu

CCFAR Centre Culturel Frangais Arthur Rimbaud CCFOM Caisse Centrale de France et d'Outre-Mer CDE Chemin de Fer Djibouto-Ethiopien CEGED Centre d' Etudes Geologiques de Djibouti CES College d'Enseignement Secondaire CFE ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Enlightenment (2013)

by Michel Delon

Jean-Christophe ABRAMOVICI, François-Rabelais University, Tours Sylviane ALBERTAN-COPPOLA, University of Rouen Anne AMEND, University of Giessen Lise ANDRIES, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Wolfgang ASHOLT , ...

Google previewDictionary of Canadian Biography (1990)

by Francess G. Halpenny

Canadian Catholic Historical QUA Association RHAF CEA Centre d'etudes acadiennes CHA Canadian Historical Association RHL CHR Canadian Historical Review RPQ CIHM Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions RSC CPC ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the World Health Organization (2013)

by Kelley Lee, Jennifer Fang

INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR DIARRHOEAL DISEASE RESEARCH, BANGLADESH (ICDDR,B). A center established in 1960 by WHO as the Cholera Research Laboratory to study the epidemiology, treatment, and prevention of cholera.

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Usage statistics about centre

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Usage statistics for the noun Centre:

spoken English33.71%written English66.29% conversational speech20.51%task-oriented speech79.49% imaginative writing22.67%informational writing77.33%

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb Centre:


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Quotes about Centre

Turning and turning in the widening gyre,
The falcone cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world... (William Butler Yeats)
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Scrabble value of C3E1N1T1R1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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