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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. Unabridged
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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


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 centrally



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 centrally



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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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