One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In or at the centre; central.‘centric and peripheral forces’
- ‘I write, as a Jewish reader of your blog, extremely concerned about your lengthy discourse, on a historically and geographically centric event which you attended.’
- ‘Facts such as the proportion of a book page, the printing in clear black ink on good white paper, the traditional harmony of centric design.’
- ‘One very topical and centric is the show by sculptor Francisco Leiro at the National Gallery for Foreign Art, the second in the Spanish Art Abroad series to visit Sofia.’
- ‘‘The 1991 elections created a sociological mistake by expressing a potential for a centric option because of an artificial division between left and right parties,’ added Dimitrova.’
- ‘The galloping, tinny, insistence of the entering drumbeat complements the solid but unobtrusively centric anchoring provided by Robert Donne's bass - minimal yet of maximum importance.’
(of a diatom) radially symmetrical.Compare with pennate
- ‘Among the diatoms, there was a greater loss of pennate than centric diatoms.’
- ‘The diatoms were the most diverse and abundant assemblage of algae throughout the year at both stations, with the centric diatoms more abundant than the pennate species.’
- ‘The planktonic centric diatom Actinocyclus nonnanhi was the primary vector of tracer nitrogen to benthic and water-column organisms.’
- ‘We did not identify Cyclotella meneghiniana Kuetzing in any of our samples despite lists which described C. meneghiniana as the dominant centric diatom present in the lake (Parson and Parker 1989a).’
- ‘Rapidly evolving reproduction-related genes are also found in a variety of other taxa, including centric diatoms, gastropods, abalone, and humans.’
Late 16th century: from Greek kentrikos, from kentron ‘sharp point’ (see centre).
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