- of or relating to the central nervous system.
- of or relating to the centrum of a vertebra.
- a main telephone exchange.
- a telephone operator at such an exchange.
Definition for central (2 of 3)
noun, plural cen·trals, Spanish cen·tra·les [sen-trah-les] /sɛnˈtrɑ lɛs/.
Origin of central2
Definition for central (3 of 3)
Examples from the Web for central
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|DAILY BEAST
It drains your body of nutrients and vitamins, attacking the central nervous system and leaving you in a dehydrated, hazy state.
Methamphetamine addiction is central to more than one story.
All other issues—racial, feminine, even environmental—need to fit around this central objective.
I thought, and the more I thought of it the more clearly I felt that he had touched the central truth.John Marvel, Assistant|Thomas Nelson Page
The Central Authority in 1907 applies this principle unreservedly to one class only, the wayfarers or vagrants.English Poor Law Policy|Sidney Webb
Reardon is going to lend me his double breech-loader, central fire, number twelve.Blue Jackets|George Manville Fenn
In excavating in the central mound, we are assured that small pieces Of mica were found abundantly mixed with the soil.The Prehistoric World|E. A. Allen
They are either ideal figures, or groups where at least the central figure is idealized and commonly known.Art Principles|Ernest Govett
British Dictionary definitions for central
- of or relating to the central nervous system
- of or relating to the centrum of a vertebra
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.