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cen·tral

 (sĕn′trəl)
adj.
1. Situated at, in, or near the center: the central states.
2. Forming the center.
3. Having dominant or controlling power or influence: the company's central office.
4. Of basic importance; essential or principal: "Performance, including technological invention and artistic creation, will become central to education at all levels" (Frederick Turner).
5. Easily reached from various points: a central location for the new store.
6. Of or constituting a single source controlling all components of a system: central air conditioning.
7. Anatomy
a. Of, relating to, or originating from the nervous system.
b. Relating to a centrum.
8. Linguistics Articulated in the middle of the oral cavity; neither front nor back. Used of vowels, as the u in cut.
9. Holding to a moderate ideological position between two extremes.
n.
1.
a. A telephone exchange.
b. An operator at a telephone exchange.
2.
a. A location or agency for the control or coordination of a group of related activities: air command central.
b. Informal A location or area of intense activity: Their apartment was party central on weekends.

[Latin centrālis, from centrum, center; see center.]

cen′tral·ly adv.

central

(ˈsɛntrəl)
adj
1. in, at, of, from, containing, or forming the centre of something: the central street in a city; the central material of a golf ball.
2. main, principal, or chief; most important: the central cause of a problem.
3. (Anatomy)
a. of or relating to the central nervous system
b. of or relating to the centrum of a vertebra
4. (Phonetics & Phonology) 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
5. (General Physics) (of a force) directed from or towards a point
6. informal (immediately postpositive) used to describe a place where a specified thing, quality, etc is to be found in abundance: nostalgia central.
ˈcentrally adv

cen•tral

(ˈsɛn trəl)

adj.
1. of or forming the center.
2. in, at, or near the center: a central position.
3. constituting something from which other related things proceed or upon which they depend: a central office.
4. principal; chief; dominant.
5. of or pertaining to the central nervous system.
6. (of a vowel) articulated with the tongue approximately midway between the front and back of the mouth, as the vowel (u) of shut.
n.
7. (formerly)
a. a main telephone exchange.
b. a telephone operator at such an exchange.
[1640–50; < Latin centrālis=centr(um) center + -ālis -al1]
cen′tral•ly, adv.

Cen•tral

(ˈsɛn trəl)

n.
a region in central Scotland. 273,400. 1016 sq. mi. (2631 sq. km).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.central - a workplace that serves as a telecommunications facility where lines from telephones can be connected together to permit communicationcentral - a workplace that serves as a telecommunications facility where lines from telephones can be connected together to permit communication
centrex - (CENTRal EXchange) a kind of telephone exchange
patchboard, plugboard, switchboard - telephone central where circuits are completed with patchcords
phone system, telephone system - a communication system that transmits sound between distant points
workplace, work - a place where work is done; "he arrived at work early today"
Adj.1.central - serving as an essential component; "a cardinal rule"; "the central cause of the problem"; "an example that was fundamental to the argument"; "computers are fundamental to modern industrial structure"
important, of import - of great significance or value; "important people"; "the important questions of the day"
2.central - in or near a center or constituting a center; the inner area; "a central position"
peripheral - on or near an edge or constituting an outer boundary; the outer area; "Russia's peripheral provinces"; "peripheral suburbs"

central

adjective
1. inner, middle, mid, interior She had a house in central London.
inner outer, exterior, outermost
2. main, chief, key, essential, primary, principal, fundamental, focal The Poll Tax was a central part of Mrs Thatcher's reform of local government.
main minor, secondary, subsidiary, subordinate

central

adjective
1. At, in, near, or being the center:
3. Dominant in importance or influence:
Translations
مَرْكَزي، رَئيسيمَرْكَزي، في المركزمَرْكَزيّ
central
nejdůležitějšístředníústředníve středu města
centralhoved-
keskeinen
centralan
központi
megin-, aîal-miîlægur, miîsvæîis
中央の
중심의
centralizacijacentralizavimascentralizuoticentre esantiscentrinis
centra-centrālsgalvenais
ústredný
osrednjisrediščen
central
ที่เป็นศูนย์กลาง
ở trung tâm

central

[ˈsentrəl]
A. ADJ
1. (= in the middle) → central
the houses are arranged around a central courtyardlas casas están distribuidas alrededor de un patio central
2. (= near the centre of town) [house, office, location] → céntrico
I'm looking for somewhere more centralbusco algo más céntrico
his flat is very centralsu piso está muy céntrico
it's in central Parisestá en el centro de París
3. (= principal) [figure, problem, idea, fact] → central, fundamental; [role] → fundamental; [aim] → principal
of central importancede la mayor importancia, primordial
the issue of Aids is central to the plot of the filmel tema del SIDA es fundamental en el argumento de la película
it is central to our policyes un punto clave de nuestra política
4. (Admin, Pol) [committee, planning, control etc] → central
B. N (US) (= exchange) → central f telefónica
C. CPD Central African Republic NRepública f Centroafricana
Central America NCentroamérica f, América f Central
Central Asia NAsia f Central
central bank Nbanco m central
central casting N (Cine) → departamento m de reparto or casting
a Texan farmer straight from or out of central casting (fig hum) → un granjero tejano de pura cepa or con toda la barba
Central Daylight Time N (US) → horario m de verano de la zona central (de Estados Unidos)
Central Europe NEuropa f Central
central government Ngobierno m central
central heating Ncalefacción f central
central locking N (Aut) → cierre m centralizado
central nervous system Nsistema m nervioso central
central processing unit N (Comput) → unidad f central de proceso
central reservation N (Brit) (Aut) → mediana f
Central Standard Time N (US) → horario m de la zona central (de Estados Unidos)
see also Central American, Central Asian, Central European

central

[ˈsɛntrəl] adj
(= in the middle) → central(e)
(= convenient) [place] → bien situé(e)
[group, organization] → central(e)
(= leading) → principal(e)
(= important) to be central to sth → être au centre de qchCentral African adjcentrafricain

central

adj
zentral, Zentral-; (= main, chief)Haupt-; the central area of the citydas Innenstadtgebiet; central Londondas Zentrum von London; our house is very centralunser Haus liegt sehr zentral
(fig)wesentlich; importance, figure, issuezentral; rolewesentlich, zentral; to be central to somethingdas Wesentliche an etw (dat)sein; he plays a central role or part in …er spielt eine zentrale or wesentliche Rolle bei …
n (US: = exchange, operator) → (Telefon)zentrale f, → Fernamt nt

central

:
Central African Republic
Central America
nMittelamerika nt
Central American
adjmittelamerikanisch
nMittelamerikaner(in) m(f);
Central Asian
adjzentralasiatisch
central casting
n (esp US Film) → Castingagentur f; straight out of central (fig)wie eine klassische Figur aus dem Film
Central Committee
n (Pol) → Zentralkomitee nt
Central Europe
nMitteleuropa nt
Central European
nMitteleuropäer(in) m(f)
Central European Time
central government
central heating

central

:
central nervous system
central processing unit
n (Comput) → Zentraleinheit f
central reservation
Central Standard Time
nCentral Standard Time f
central station
nHauptbahnhof m
central unit
n (Comput) → Zentraleinheit f

central

[ˈsɛntrl] adjcentrale

central

(ˈsentrəl) adjective
1. belonging to or near the centre (eg of a town). His flat is very central.
2. principal or most important. the central point of his argument.
ˈcentralize, ˈcentralise verb
to bring under one control.
ˌcentraliˈzation, ˌcentraliˈsation noun
ˈcentrally adverb
centrally situated.
central heating
heating of a building by water, steam or air through pipes from one central boiler etc.
ˌcentral ˈprocessing ˌunit noun
see CPU.

central

مَرْكَزيّ střední central zentral κεντρικός central keskeinen central centralan centrale 中央の 중심의 centraal sentral centralny central центральный central ที่เป็นศูนย์กลาง merkezi ở trung tâm 中心的

central

a. central; céntrico-a;
___ nervous systemsistema nervioso ___.

central

adj central
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The book had one central thought that is very strange and has always remained with me.
But he's written a wonderful story, telling how he happened to come across the ancient manuscripts in the tomb of some old Indian whose mummy he unearthed on a trip to Central America.
During that burning day when we were crossing Iowa, our talk kept returning to a central figure, a Bohemian girl whom we had known long ago and whom both of us admired.
The Colonel, with little sense of humor and of the fitness of things, related a somber episode of those dark and bitter days, in which he had acted a conspicuous part and always formed a central figure.
Any bright day, if you will put one of those rosebuds in your hair, and come to my rooms in Central Street, I will seize the purest ray of sunshine, and make a picture of the flower and its wearer.
Crossing this dusky entry, and on through yon low-arched way --cut through what in old times must have been a great central chimney with fire-places all round --you enter the public room.
In the central blinds of bone, as they stand in their natural order, there are certain curious marks, curves, hollows, and ridges, whereby some whalemen calculate the creature's age, as the age of an oak by its circular rings.
This being evidently the central point of the entertainment, Aunt Chloe began now to bustle about earnestly in the supper department.
The river is not always allowed to spread over its whole bed--which is as much as thirty, and sometimes forty yards wide--but is split into three equal bodies of water, by stone dikes which throw the main volume, depth, and current into the central one.
I expected she would show signs of great distress and shame; but to my surprise she neither wept nor blushed: composed, though grave, she stood, the central mark of all eyes.
Round the central figure in the narrative other characters will be found grouped, in sharp contrast -- contrast, for the most part, in which I have endeavored to make the element of humor mainly predominant.
Presently, the dock became the central point of interest.

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