the point at which the entire mass of a body may be considered concentrated for some purposes; formally, the point such that the first moment of a physical or geometric object about every line through the point is zero.
Compare moment (def 8).
center of mass
A point in space determined by a distribution of mass (such as a solid object, a collection of objects, or a gas), such that a uniform force acting on the whole distribution acts as if the distribution were located at just that point. For example, the gravitational force on Earth attracts small objects as if it were pulling them from their center of mass (in this case, the center of mass is also called the center of gravity). Two stars in orbit around each other revolve around their collective center of mass. See also barycenter.
the center of the circle of curvature.
Mechanics. the point through which the resultant of gravitational forces on a body passes and from which the resultant force of attraction of the body on other bodies emanates: coincident with the center of mass in a uniform gravitational field. a person, thing, or idea that is the vital or pivotal focus of interest or […]
- Center of ossification
center of ossification n. The site where bone begins to form in a specific bone or part of bone as a result of the accumulation of osteoblasts in the connective tissue. The site where bone begins to form in the shaft of a long bone or the body of an irregular bone; primary ossification center. […]
the point on a rigid body, suspended so as to be able to move freely about a fixed axis, at which the body may be struck without changing the position of the axis.