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central1

[sen-truh l] /ˈsɛn trəl/
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.
  1. of or relating to the central nervous system.
  2. of or relating 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.
  1. a main telephone exchange.
  2. a telephone operator at such an exchange.
Origin of central1
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin centrālis, equivalent to centr(um) center + -ālis -al1
Related forms
centrally, adverb
Synonyms
4. major, main, key, leading, primary.
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Examples from the Web for centrally
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  • Israel was centrally located so that she had an unusual opportunity to influence the known world.

    The Call of the World W. E. Doughty
  • They call these centrally located banks their correspondents.

  • "Here is a vacant desk," said Mr. Crabb, pointing out one centrally situated.

    Hector's Inheritance Horatio Alger
  • The eye was centrally located in the forehead, on a line with the nose.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
  • Sensations are said to be 'peripherally initiated', while emotions are centrally initiated.

  • The house is centrally heated with radiant heat from the floor.

    Green Spring Farm Ross Netherton
  • Two or three (and not more) centrally located points for penetration with the cautery are sufficient.

    Lameness of the Horse John Victor Lacroix
British Dictionary definitions for centrally

central

/ˈsɛntrəl/
adjective
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.
  1. of or relating to the central nervous system
  2. 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
Derived Forms
centrally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for centrally

central

adj.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for centrally

central

noun

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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