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 for Dead center
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dead \Dead\ (d[e^]d), a. [OE. ded, dead, deed, AS. de['a]d; akin
     to OS. d[=o]d, D. dood, G. todt, tot, Icel. dau[eth]r, Sw. &
     Dan. d["o]d, Goth. daubs; prop. p. p. of an old verb meaning
     to die. See Die, and cf. Death.]
     1. Deprived of life; -- opposed to alive and living;
        reduced to that state of a being in which the organs of
        motion and life have irrevocably ceased to perform their
        functions; as, a dead tree; a dead man. "The queen, my
        lord, is dead." --Shak.
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              The crew, all except himself, were dead of hunger.
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              Seek him with candle, bring him dead or living.
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     2. Destitute of life; inanimate; as, dead matter.
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     3. Resembling death in appearance or quality; without show of
        life; deathlike; as, a dead sleep.
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     4. Still as death; motionless; inactive; useless; as, dead
        calm; a dead load or weight.
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     5. So constructed as not to transmit sound; soundless; as, a
        dead floor.
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     6. Unproductive; bringing no gain; unprofitable; as, dead
        capital; dead stock in trade.
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     7. Lacking spirit; dull; lusterless; cheerless; as, dead eye;
        dead fire; dead color, etc.
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     8. Monotonous or unvaried; as, a dead level or pain; a dead
        wall. "The ground is a dead flat." --C. Reade.
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     9. Sure as death; unerring; fixed; complete; as, a dead shot;
        a dead certainty.
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              I had them a dead bargain.            --Goldsmith.
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     10. Bringing death; deadly. --Shak.
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     11. Wanting in religious spirit and vitality; as, dead faith;
         dead works. "Dead in trespasses." --Eph. ii. 1.
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     12. (Paint.)
         (a) Flat; without gloss; -- said of painting which has
             been applied purposely to have this effect.
         (b) Not brilliant; not rich; thus, brown is a dead color,
             as compared with crimson.
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     13. (Law) Cut off from the rights of a citizen; deprived of
         the power of enjoying the rights of property; as, one
         banished or becoming a monk is civilly dead.
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     14. (Mach.) Not imparting motion or power; as, the dead
         spindle of a lathe, etc. See Spindle.
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     15. (Elec.) Carrying no current, or producing no useful
         effect; -- said of a conductor in a dynamo or motor, also
         of a telegraph wire which has no instrument attached and,
         therefore, is not in use.
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     16. Out of play; regarded as out of the game; -- said of a
         ball, a piece, or a player under certain conditions in
         cricket, baseball, checkers, and some other games.
               [In golf], a ball is said to lie dead when it lies
               so near the hole that the player is certain to hole
               it in the next stroke.               --Encyc. of
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     Dead ahead (Naut.), directly ahead; -- said of a ship or
        any object, esp. of the wind when blowing from that point
        toward which a vessel would go.
     Dead angle (Mil.), an angle or space which can not be seen
        or defended from behind the parapet.
     Dead block, either of two wooden or iron blocks intended to
        serve instead of buffers at the end of a freight car.
     Dead calm (Naut.), no wind at all.
     Dead center, or Dead point (Mach.), either of two points
        in the orbit of a crank, at which the crank and connecting
        rod lie a straight line. It corresponds to the end of a
        stroke; as, A and B are dead centers of the crank
        mechanism in which the crank C drives, or is driven by,
        the lever L.
     Dead color (Paint.), a color which has no gloss upon it.
     Dead coloring (Oil paint.), the layer of colors, the
        preparation for what is to follow. In modern painting this
        is usually in monochrome.
     Dead door (Shipbuilding), a storm shutter fitted to the
        outside of the quarter-gallery door.
     Dead flat (Naut.), the widest or midship frame.
     Dead freight (Mar. Law), a sum of money paid by a person
        who charters a whole vessel but fails to make out a full
        cargo. The payment is made for the unoccupied capacity.
     Dead ground (Mining), the portion of a vein in which there
        is no ore.
     Dead hand, a hand that can not alienate, as of a person
        civilly dead. "Serfs held in dead hand." --Morley. See
     Dead head (Naut.), a rough block of wood used as an anchor
     Dead heat, a heat or course between two or more race
        horses, boats, etc., in which they come out exactly equal,
        so that neither wins.
     Dead horse, an expression applied to a debt for wages paid
        in advance. [Law]
     Dead language, a language which is no longer spoken or in
        common use by a people, and is known only in writings, as
        the Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.
     Dead plate (Mach.), a solid covering over a part of a fire
        grate, to prevent the entrance of air through that part.
     Dead pledge, a mortgage. See Mortgage.
     Dead point. (Mach.) See Dead center.
     Dead reckoning (Naut.), the method of determining the place
        of a ship from a record kept of the courses sailed as
        given by compass, and the distance made on each course as
        found by log, with allowance for leeway, etc., without the
        aid of celestial observations.
     Dead rise, the transverse upward curvature of a vessel's
     Dead rising, an elliptical line drawn on the sheer plan to
        determine the sweep of the floorheads throughout the
        ship's length.
     Dead-Sea apple. See under Apple.
     Dead set. See under Set.
     Dead shot.
         (a) An unerring marksman.
         (b) A shot certain to be made.
     Dead smooth, the finest cut made; -- said of files.
     Dead wall (Arch.), a blank wall unbroken by windows or
        other openings.
     Dead water (Naut.), the eddy water closing in under a
        ship's stern when sailing.
     Dead weight.
         (a) A heavy or oppressive burden. --Dryden.
         (b) (Shipping) A ship's lading, when it consists of heavy
             goods; or, the heaviest part of a ship's cargo.
         (c) (Railroad) The weight of rolling stock, the live
             weight being the load. --Knight.
     Dead wind (Naut.), a wind directly ahead, or opposed to the
        ship's course.
     To be dead, to die. [Obs.]
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              I deme thee, thou must algate be dead. --Chaucer.
     Syn: Inanimate; deceased; extinct. See Lifeless.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  center \cen"ter\ (s[e^]n"t[~e]r), n. [F. centre, fr. L. centrum,
     fr. Gr. ke`ntron any sharp point, the point round which a
     circle is described, fr. kentei^n to prick, goad.]
     1. A point equally distant from the extremities of a line,
        figure, or body, or from all parts of the circumference of
        a circle; the middle point or place.
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     2. The middle or central portion of anything.
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     3. A principal or important point of concentration; the
        nucleus around which things are gathered or to which they
        tend; an object of attention, action, or force; as, a
        center of attaction.
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     4. The earth. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     5. Those members of a legislative assembly (as in France) who
        support the existing government. They sit in the middle of
        the legislative chamber, opposite the presiding officer,
        between the conservatives or monarchists, who sit on the
        right of the speaker, and the radicals or advanced
        republicans who occupy the seats on his left, See Right,
        and Left.
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     6. (Arch.) A temporary structure upon which the materials of
        a vault or arch are supported in position until the work
        becomes self-supporting.
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     7. (Mech.)
        (a) One of the two conical steel pins, in a lathe, etc.,
            upon which the work is held, and about which it
        (b) A conical recess, or indentation, in the end of a
            shaft or other work, to receive the point of a center,
            on which the work can turn, as in a lathe.
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     Note: In a lathe the
     live center is in the spindle of the head stock; the
     dead center is on the tail stock.
     Planer centers are stocks carrying centers, when the object
        to be planed must be turned on its axis.
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     Center of an army, the body or troops occupying the place
        in the line between the wings.
     Center of a curve or Center of a surface (Geom.)
        (a) A point such that every line drawn through the point
            and terminated by the curve or surface is bisected at
            the point.
        (b) The fixed point of reference in polar coordinates. See
     Center of curvature of a curve (Geom.), the center of that
        circle which has at any given point of the curve closer
        contact with the curve than has any other circle whatever.
        See Circle.
     Center of a fleet, the division or column between the van
        and rear, or between the weather division and the lee.
     Center of gravity (Mech.), that point of a body about which
        all its parts can be balanced, or which being supported,
        the whole body will remain at rest, though acted upon by
     Center of gyration (Mech.), that point in a rotating body
        at which the whole mass might be concentrated
        (theoretically) without altering the resistance of the
        intertia of the body to angular acceleration or
     Center of inertia (Mech.), the center of gravity of a body
        or system of bodies.
     Center of motion, the point which remains at rest, while
        all the other parts of a body move round it.
     Center of oscillation, the point at which, if the whole
        matter of a suspended body were collected, the time of
        oscillation would be the same as it is in the actual form
        and state of the body.
     Center of percussion, that point in a body moving about a
        fixed axis at which it may strike an obstacle without
        communicating a shock to the axis.
     Center of pressure (Hydros.), that point in a surface
        pressed by a fluid, at which, if a force equal to the
        whole pressure and in the same line be applied in a
        contrary direction, it will balance or counteract the
        whole pressure of the fluid.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  dead center
      n 1: the position of a crank when it is in line with the
           connecting rod and not exerting torque [syn: dead center,
           dead centre]

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