1the point that is equally distant from every point on the circumference of a circle or sphere.
a point or part that is equally distant from all sides, ends, or surfaces of something:the centre of the ceilingthe city centre
a political party or group whose opinions avoid extremes: [as modifier]:a new centre party
the middle player in a line or group in certain team games.
a kick, hit, or throw of the ball from the side to the middle of field in soccer, hockey, and other team games.
the filling in a chocolate:truffles with liqueur centres
a pivot or axis of rotation.
a conical adjustable support for a workpiece in a lathe or similar machine.
2the point from which an activity or process is directed, or on which it is focused:the city was a centre of discontentthe managing director is at the centre of a row over policy
the most important place in the respect specified:Geneva was then the centre of the banking world
3a place or group of buildings where a specified activity is concentrated:a conference centre
1 [no object] (be centred in) occur mainly in or around (a specified place):the textile industry was centred in Lancashire and Yorkshire
(centre around/on or centre something around/on) have or cause to have (a specified concern or theme):the case centres around the couple’s adopted children [with object]:he is centring his discussion on an analysis of patterns of mortality
2 [with object] place in the middle:to centre the needle, turn the knob
[no object] (in soccer, hockey, and other team games) kick, hit, or throw the ball from the side to the middle of the playing area:he centred from a difficult position on the left
[no object] chiefly North American play as the middle player of a line or group in certain team games.
centre of attention
a person or thing that excites everyone’s interest or concern:the bride was the centre of attention
centre of attraction
1 Physics the point to which bodies tend by gravity.