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[sen-truh l] /ˈsɛn trəl/
of or forming the center:
the central hut in the village.
in, at, or near the center:
a central position.
constituting something from which other related things proceed or upon which they depend:
a central office.
principal; chief; dominant:
the play's central character.
Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. of or relating to the central nervous system.
  2. of or relating to the centrum of a vertebra.
Phonetics. (of a speech sound) produced with the tongue articulating neither expressly forward nor in the back part of the mouth, as any of the sounds of lull.
Physics. (of a force) directed to or from a fixed point.
  1. a main telephone exchange.
  2. a telephone operator at such an exchange.
Origin of central1
1640-50; < Latin centrālis, equivalent to centr(um) center + -ālis -al1
Related forms
centrally, adverb
4. major, main, key, leading, primary.


[sen-trahl; Spanish sen-trahl] /sɛnˈtrɑl; Spanish sɛnˈtrɑl/
noun, plural centrals Spanish, centrales
[sen-trah-les] /sɛnˈtrɑ lɛs/ (Show IPA)
(in Spanish America and the Philippines) a mill for crushing cane into raw sugar.
< American Spanish, special use of Spanish central central1


[sen-truh l] /ˈsɛn trəl/
a region in central Scotland. 1016 sq. mi. (2631 sq. km). Unabridged
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  • Grants for research on spinal-cord injuries and disorders of the central nervous system.
  • The open, well-lit kitchen is the central gathering spot in this house.
  • Everyone, be they doctors or central bankers or politicians, makes mistakes.
  • Each settlement is organized around a central plaza and linked to others via precisely placed roads.
  • The central figure, incongruously, holds a burning cigarette.
  • Often you hear central administrators note that the hardest job in the university is that of department head.
  • Libraries are central to learning, building communities, and promoting research and intellectual exploration.
  • Many colleges are embracing economic development as a central mission.
  • Basic flower has single ring of rays surrounding prominent central disk.
  • Each flower consists of a central brush of stamens surrounded by petallike segments called sepals.
British Dictionary definitions for central


in, at, of, from, containing, or forming the centre of something: the central street in a city, the central material of a golf ball
main, principal, or chief; most important: the central cause of a problem
  1. of or relating to the central nervous system
  2. of or relating to the centrum of a vertebra
of, relating to, or denoting a vowel articulated with the tongue held in an intermediate position halfway between the positions for back and front vowels, as for the a of English soda
(of a force) directed from or towards a point
(informal) (immediately postpositive) used to describe a place where a specified thing, quality, etc is to be found in abundance: nostalgia central
Derived Forms
centrally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for central

1640s, from French central or directly from Latin centralis "pertaining to a center," from centrum (see center (n.)). Centrally is attested perhaps as early as early 15c., which might imply a usage of central earlier than the attested date.

Slightly older is centric (1580s). As a U.S. colloquial noun for "central telephone exchange," first recorded 1889 (hence, "Hello, Central?"). Central processing unit attested from 1961. Central America is attested from 1826.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for central



The most important site of what is indicated: Israel claims U.S. is Terror Central/ quickly turned the Odessa into Mob Central/ This is a small town, but if it's cocaine central then it's a pretty tough town (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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