One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having the weight concentrated at the centre; having a balancing or regulating weight placed at the centre.
2Photography. Designating a mode of automatic light metering in a camera that takes greater account of brightness readings from the central region of an image than of those from peripheral regions; (of a light meter) operating in this way.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The English Mechanic. From centre + weighted.
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