- 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.
- 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.
Origin of central1
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Examples from the Web for 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
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
- in, at, of, from, containing, or forming the centre of somethingthe central street in a city; the central material of a golf ball
- main, principal, or chief; most importantthe 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 abundancenostalgia central
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.