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.
of or relating to the central nervous system.
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.
a main telephone exchange.
a telephone operator at such an exchange.
- cen·tral·ly, adverb
Other definitions for central (2 of 3)
(in Spanish America and the Philippines) a mill for crushing cane into raw sugar.
Other definitions for Central (3 of 3)
a region in central Scotland. 1,016 sq. mi. (2,631 sq. km).
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How to use central in a sentence
Their bid is undermined a bit by the strength of their opponents in the central, which will be entirely self-contained for the first two rounds of the postseason.The Florida Panthers Haven’t Made A Real Playoff Run In Decades. That Could Change This Year. | Neil Paine (email@example.com) | February 26, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
The school will be built on the campus of a university in Fianarantsoa, a city in the south central area of the island nation.The World’s First 3D Printed School Will Be Built in Madagascar | Vanessa Bates Ramirez | February 26, 2021 | Singularity Hub
Those companies have been major beneficiaries of Fed policy to keep interest rates low, and rising expectations for economic growth and inflation could force the central bank to reduce some of its support.The Fed is on a collision course with the $20 trillion Treasury market | John Detrixhe | February 26, 2021 | Quartz
The endless rephrasings of his central argument begin to feel like grasps toward a center that — by Kearney’s own devices — will not hold.Exploring the sense of touch, and why we hunger for contact | Sophie Dess | February 26, 2021 | Washington Post
Losing conviction is a central theme of “Little Oblivions,” a dozen tracks that are louder and fuller in sound than her previous work, and that she says reflect her restructured priorities.Julien Baker questioned her faith. Music helped her embrace the uncertainty. | Sonia Rao | February 26, 2021 | Washington Post
Offending the other ones has been a central strategy for Paul over the last year.
President Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne Division to force Faubus to admit the students to central High School.The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future | Jonah Edelman | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
While the world fixated on Ukraine and Syria, a near-genocide ripped through central Africa, to little international fanfare.
It drains your body of nutrients and vitamins, attacking the central nervous system and leaving you in a dehydrated, hazy state.
At Grand central Station, demonstrators held a die-in, Gothamist reported.Trayvon Martin’s Family Rejects ‘Dead Cops’ Marchers | Jacob Siegel | December 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Most of my observations are in keeping with Skutch's detailed report of the species in central America.Summer Birds From the Yucatan Peninsula | Erwin E. Klaas
The main entrance is in the centre of the St. Martin's Lane front, and consists of a central roadway for carts and wagons, 15ft.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
It is not quite so level nor so perfectly cultivated as central Belgium, but is generally fertile and promises fairly.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
But the central economic doctrine of cost can not be shaken by mere denunciation.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
She opened a door at the back of the central hall and found herself in a pillared corridor with a door at either end.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
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
of or relating to the central nervous system
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
- centrally, adverb
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