central

1 [sen-truhl]
adjective
1.
of or forming the center: the central hut in the village.
2.
in, at, or near the center: a central position.
3.
constituting something from which other related things proceed or upon which they depend: a central office.
4.
principal; chief; dominant: the play's central character.
5.
Anatomy, Zoology.
a.
of or pertaining to the central nervous system.
b.
of or pertaining to the centrum of a vertebra.
6.
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.
7.
Physics. (of a force) directed to or from a fixed point.
noun
8.
a.
a main telephone exchange.
b.
a telephone operator at such an exchange.

Origin:
1640–50; < Latin centrālis, equivalent to centr(um) center + -ālis -al1

centrally, adverb


4. major, main, key, leading, primary.
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central (ˈsɛntrəl)
 
adj
1.  in, at, of, from, containing, or forming the centre of something: the central street in a city; the central material of a golf ball
2.  main, principal, or chief; most important: the central cause of a problem
3.  a.  of or relating to the central nervous system
 b.  of or relating to the centrum of a vertebra
4.  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
5.  (of a force) directed from or towards a point
6.  informal (immediately postpositive) used to describe a place where a specified thing, quality, etc is to be found in abundance: nostalgia central
 
'centrally
 
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central
1647, from L. centralis, from centrum (see center). As U.S. colloquial for "central telephone exchange" is first recorded 1889.
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Example sentences for centrally
These movements are not centrally coordinated, since no muscle or nerve tissues exist.
Centrally planning is also criticized by elements of the radical left.
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