American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having a common center.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a common center: as, concentric circles, spheres, etc.
- n. One of a number of circles or spheres having a common center.
- adj. geometry Having a common center.
- adj. physiology (of a motion) in the direction of contraction of a muscle. (E.g. extension of the lower arm via the elbow joint while contracting the triceps and other elbow extensor muscles; closing of the jaw while flexing the masseter).
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having a common center, as circles of different size, one within another.
- n. That which has a common center with something else.
- adj. having a common center
- Middle English, from Middle French concentrique, from Medieval Latin concentricus, from Latin con- ("with, together") + centrum ("circle, center") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English concentrik, from Medieval Latin concentricus : Latin com-, com- + Latin centrum, center; see center. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“When it comes to location, the value of properties generally conforms to what I call the concentric circle theory.”
“SHEPHERD: We often see an intensification phase when we see these regenerating eye walls, what we call concentric eye walls.”
“As Asian immigration radiated outward in concentric circles from Monterey Park, the culture wars moved to new staging grounds.”
“The portrayal of Bob and his boat could perhaps be said to reach inward -- although this is done through concentration and indirection, not through the tedium of the "free indirect" method -- as well as to expand outward and around Bob in concentric circles of thinly-layered exposition, but it could hardly be said to ever really push forward into a plotted narrative.”
“Nearby, a large group of Asians, whites and Hispanics danced and sang in concentric circles around guitarists and drummers, chanting, "Hallelujah" under a banner for the Iglesia Inmaculado Corazon de Maria from Newark, N.J. Terry Perez of Annandale, Va., a naturalized U.S. citizen from the Philippines, called the multiethnic crowd "a little bit of the United Nations.”
“Either way, the site does not show a pattern suggesting that it spread gradually outwards in concentric circles from a central point, as one might expect, he notes.”
“Since the Soviet Union was itself largely closed and compartmentalized, the nuclear cities stood within concentric layers of defenses like fortresses within fortresses, like nested Russian dolls.”
“Then, using a very sharp paring knife, cut off the top and bottom, where the shoots and root ends are, and then carefully remove the peel in concentric circles.”
“Arrange the fruit slices in concentric circles over the crumbs, overlapping slightly, still leaving the 2 inch border.”
“Arrange plums in concentric circles on top, leaving about 1/2-inch (1 cm) between circles.”
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