- 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.
Origin of central1
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Contemporary Examples of centrally
They don't slap height limits on attractive, centrally located neighborhoods.New York City, NIMBY Paradise
March 27, 2013
Instead, he engages a series of questions that nobody is debating: * Should we have a free market or a centrally planned economy?David Mamet's Right Turn
May 9, 2012
Swift quickly realized that Massachusetts was centrally involved.Misogynist Massachusetts
January 19, 2010
Historical Examples of centrally
They call these centrally located banks their correspondents.Up To Date Business
The islands of Fiji are centrally located in the southwest Pacific.A Racial Study of the Fijians
Norman E. Gabel
The eye was centrally located in the forehead, on a line with the nose.Degeneracy
Eugene S. Talbot
The house is centrally heated with radiant heat from the floor.Green Spring Farm
The macronucleus is centrally placed and globular to ovoid in form.Marine Protozoa from Woods Hole
Gary N. Calkins
- of or relating to the central nervous system
- of or relating to the centrum of a vertebra
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.