from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A temporary, usually wooden framework on which an arch, vault, or dome is supported during construction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of center.
  • n. Temporary wooden structure built to support an arch during construction

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as center, n., 6.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of focusing; specifically, the operation of bringing the centers of a set of lenses into line.
  • n. The framing of timber by which an arch, as of a bridge or any vaulted work, is supported during its erection.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the concentration of attention or energy on something
  • n. (American football) putting the ball in play by passing it (between the legs) to a back


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  • I tried doing some contemplative-or "centering" - prayer yesterday and today, making haste toward being "alone with the alone."

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  • A validation technique called "centering" helps you to remain calm and patient during frustrating moments.

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  • Go into the Young Adult section of the bookstore and you'll be bombarded by any number of titles centering on the fashion world (Catwalk, Airhead, Violet on the Runway), as well as characters that are notorious fashionistas (Clique, Poseur, and of course It Girl and Gossip Girl).

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  • Posted Jul 20, 2006 at 3:36 PM | Permalink | Reply re #89: I forgot, yes, the centering is the main issue.

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  • While _Hamlet_ may be described as centering attention on a meditative and high-minded avenger, Tourneur, Webster, Middleton, and later dramatists found greater interest in the study of villainy and intrigue.

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  • It is called centering for a very good reason: it is the device that places the stones at the correct distances from the center of curvature of the arch.

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  • "Contagion," based on a script penned by Scott Z. Burns, is described as centering on a deadly disease with multiple plotlines in the same style as Soderbergh's "Traffic."

  • The cars feature many of the same safety characteristics of the Cup cars on the inside, namely the centering of the driver's seat.

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  • The schism has not been described as centering on religious differences, so it is probably related to Junior's inability to manage the empire properly (and where have we seen this problem before?).

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  • If you find yourself having recurrent anxiety dreams, try to learn meditation techniques or try what is known as centering prayer.

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  • The relative position of the design of a stamp in relation to its margins. Assuming that a stamp is undamaged, centering is generally an important factor in determining condition and value.

    August 25, 2008