Definition of off-center in English:

off-center

adjective & adverb

  • 1Not quite in the center of something.

    • ‘An extra arm placed off-centre wouldn't do, you see, but Medusa-style hair of snakes would be fine (so long as it was balanced by a single of similar scale - say, a large beard).’
    • ‘With modern auto-focus cameras the most obvious focussing problem is where the subject is off-centre.’
    • ‘Final position of the tummy button may be off-centre.’
    • ‘One off-centre bay window extends upwards, bringing views of the sky in addition to the broad sweep of the hills.’
    • ‘For instance, the Earth is not exactly at the centre of the deferent, but is a little off-centre.’
    • ‘Naturally, there is a fairly large screen, plus Canon's nine-point auto-focusing system, which rarely misses an off-centre subject.’
    • ‘In the Skara Brae object, you can see how cunningly the top and base ridges are off-centre, allowing it initially to be held vertically.’
    • ‘The composition of the figures is placed off-centre and the zigzagging lines of the cafe tables convey their situation in space.’
    • ‘In the second shot, Mthethwa moves his human subject off-centre.’
    • ‘This effect was also, as the experts agreed, exaggerated by the fact that the sensors of the Stal system were set off-centre in some of the holds.’
    • ‘Many had off-centre bores, which affected not only accuracy but also greatly weakened their breech ends, rendering them liable to burst.’
    • ‘Mr. Butler liked everything quite off-centre and most ballet companies have to be on-centre for their particular kind of work.’
    • ‘Its orientation, however, was curious, running diagonally across the ditch extension towards a position off-centre of the mound.’
    • ‘In the picture of a lustre bowl with green peas, the main items are off-centre, giving a diagonal thrust to the composition.’
    • ‘Lombardy's centres of viticulture are off-centre geographically - in the far north, in the far south, and in the far east - all well off the region's main axis of communication.’
    • ‘He posed the dancers in strange positions and put them off-center or cut off from the frame.’
    • ‘There's a slightly off-centre 4in screen alongside a four-way navigation control with a separate button in the middle.’
    • ‘People opt for one fairly lush plant and place it off-centre on their mantel, rather than filling a whole shelf with plants.’
    • ‘A later invention, the unicycle with an off-centre hub, would bring people out into the corridors to watch him as he rode it, bobbing up and down like a duck.’
    • ‘There is something so beautiful about it, the treatment of paint depicting the velvety skin, the delicious red/orange tones, and the placement - off-centre.’
    zany, madcap, offbeat, quirky, outlandish, eccentric, idiosyncratic, surreal, ridiculous, nonsensical, crazy, absurd, insane, far out, fantastic, bizarre, peculiar, weird, odd, strange, cranky, freakish
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    1. 1.1as adjective Strange or eccentric.
      ‘people say she's off-center’
      • ‘Rhodes has spoken of how her work has its parallels in her own history of being culturally off-centre.’
      • ‘Hearing the group live at the Rex in Toronto a couple of summers ago, I was struck by the off-centre nature of their writing.’
      • ‘Saxophonist Lovano in particular takes it as an opportunity for some startlingly off-centre improvising.’
      • ‘He represents that rare breed of filmmaker whose love of underground, off-centre cinema has allowed him to transcend the barriers between making films and film appreciation.’
      • ‘And I hear Kiron Sounds is backing somewhat off-centre but worthy projects.’
      • ‘The then modestly known band provided off-centre beats that took some getting used to, but proved a winning formula.’
      • ‘In contrast to this, they attempt to supplement work on the central institutions of China by presenting an off-centre view.’
      • ‘In spite of all this, having the chance to watch a fine ensemble cast play such an array of off-centre characters is worth the price of admission alone.’
      • ‘This pair of fast-paced, off-centre sketches masterminded by Reeves and Mortimer features a cast of comedy stars.’
      • ‘So it's still got that slightly off-centre feel to it, but I think it's certainly lost that political edge that it had in the early days.’
      • ‘It is certainly a good idea to take the opportunity at this time of year to understand the body mind connection between the consumption of these foods and feeling off-centre and out of balance.’
      • ‘It's a Channel Four show and was meant to be a little bit left brain, off-centre, cultish.’
      • ‘The three security guards were quite at home in this off-centre environment and took most of the surreal happenings in their stride.’
      • ‘It's hard to describe the delightfully off-centre tone of her work; the film's sense of humour is a rarefied one, and it takes a matter-of-fact approach to some bizarre situations.’
      • ‘The sibling directors have an off-centre view of the world and people either love their films or wonder what on earth they're watching.’
      • ‘Frontman Jesse Dryfhout pens off-centre lyrics, singing them with the power of a motorboat or as gently as wind in a sail.’
      • ‘I may have to spend some time wandering aimlessly around looking zombified and off-centre.’
      • ‘It begins from this characteristically off-centre question, inspired, supposedly, by the currency of the phenomenon.’
      • ‘And it features plenty of the homespun surrealism, off-centre philosophy and goofy non-sequiturs that have given Young's work much of its character.’
      • ‘The dry, sharp wit of Enid's constant observations are matched by the deadpan outlandishness of the parade of off-centre characters she comes into contact with.’

Pronunciation

off-center

/ˌɔfˈsɛn(t)ər//ˌôfˈsen(t)ər/