center around

 Center indicates a point, and a point cannot encircle anything. Make it "center on" or "revolve around."

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  • center around — index meet Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • center around — This is a wordy phrase in which around can always be replaced by the shorter and more accurate on. Both center about and center around are informal ways to say focus …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • center around —     Their argument centers around the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (Times). Center indicates a point, and a point cannot encircle anything. Make it center on or revolve around …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • center — [sent′ər] n. [ME & OFr centre < L centrum, center, orig., that point of the compass around which the other describes the circle < Gr kentron, sharp point, goad < kentein, to stitch < IE base * k̑ent , to prick > OHG hantag, sharp,… …   English World dictionary

  • center — centerable, adj. centerless, adj. /sen teuhr/, n. 1. Geom. the middle point, as the point within a circle or sphere equally distant from all points of the circumference or surface, or the point within a regular polygon equally distant from the… …   Universalium

  • center — I. noun Etymology: Middle English centre, from Middle French, from Latin centrum, from Greek kentron sharp point, center of a circle, from kentein to prick; probably akin to Old High German hantag pointed Date: 14th century 1. a. the point around …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • center — cen|ter1 [ sentər ] noun *** ▸ 1 middle ▸ 2 building/area for something ▸ 3 of attention ▸ 4 not left or right wing ▸ 5 player in sport ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) count the middle of a space or area: in the center of the room a ) the point that is in the… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • center — cen•ter [[t]ˈsɛn tər[/t]] n. 1) math. the point within a circle or sphere equally distant from all points of the circumference or surface, or the point within a regular polygon equally distant from the vertices 2) a point, pivot, or axis around… …   From formal English to slang

  • center — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. See middle. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. mid, middle, central, inmost, inner, midway, medial, deepest, inmost, innermost, internal, interior, at the halfway point, median; see also central 1 . Ant.… …   English dictionary for students

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