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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.
a. A telephone exchange.
b. An operator at a telephone exchange.
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.
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Adv.1.centrally - in or near or toward a center or according to a central role or function; "The theater is centrally located"
peripherally - in or at or near a periphery or according to a peripheral role or function or relationship
مَرْكِزِيّا، في المَرْكِز
merkezî olarak


[ˈsentrəlɪ] ADV [positioned, located] → en el centro, en un sitio céntrico
centrally heatedcon calefacción central
centrally planned economyeconomía f de planificación central
he lives centrallyvive en el centro


[ˈsɛntrəli] adv
[placed] → au centre; [located] → dans le centre
a centrally planned economy → une économie centralisée
centrally important → d'une importance crucialecentrally heated adjéquipé(e) du chauffage centralcentral nervous system nsystème m nerveux centralcentral processing unit n (COMPUTING)unité f centrale (de traitement)central reservation n (British) [motorway] → terre-plein m central


advzentral; centrally heatedzentralbeheizt; centrally planned economyzentral gesteuerte or geplante Wirtschaft


[ˈsɛntrlɪ] adv centrally heatedche ha il riscaldamento autonomo


(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.
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This operation appeared to me to be the most laborious species of work performed in Typee; and had I possessed a sufficient intimacy with the language to have conveyed my ideas upon the subject, I should certainly have suggested to the most influential of the natives the expediency of establishing a college of vestals to be centrally located in the valley, for the purpose of keeping alive the indispensable article of fire; so as to supersede the necessity of such a vast outlay of strength and good temper, as were usually squandered on these occasions.
Realizing that the section through which we had been passing was doubtless outlying, and therefore not so built up with large structures as the more centrally located part of the old town, I felt sure that farther down the river I should find the ruins larger.
But even so, amid the tornadoed Atlantic of my being, do I myself still for ever centrally disport in mute calm; and while ponderous planets of unwaning woe revolve round me, deep down and deep inland there i still bathe me in eternal mildness of joy.
The dominant figure, both because he was bigger in all three dimensions, and because he sat centrally in the length of the table, facing me, was a tall, fat man dressed completely in black, with a rubicund, even apoplectic visage, but a rather bald and rather bothered brow.
This old paternal edifice, needy as he was, and though, being centrally situated on the principal street of the town, it would have brought him a handsome sum, the sagacious Peter had his own reasons for never parting with, either by auction or private sale.
Therefore PCB has decided that all the centrally contracted players, who are not facing any other restriction, must also participate in PCB's T20 tournament to strengthen the domestic cricket.
The Army reports that some centrally managed organizational clothing and individual equipment (OCIE) is showing up in PBUSE.
3, which offers granular, centrally managed end-user access control, auditing and shadowing of local, network and virtual printers.
Centrally active ACE inhibitors such as captropil (Capoten) and fosinopril (Monopril), used to treat hypertension and congestive heart failure, are associated with slower rates of cognitive decline among the elderly compared to other blood pressure medications such as benazepril (Lotensin) and enalapril (Vasotec), according to research presented at the May conference of the American Geriatrics Society.
Centrally acting ACE inhibitors (for example, captopril, Enalapril, and lisinopril) are able to cross the blood-brain barrier to reach the brain, where they may help reduce inflammation, according to the authors of a new study.
At the same time, it also is more centrally located in the metropolitan New York area, which was important to our client and its employee base.
The Sygate Security Agent for Macintosh is the first centrally managed security solution available for the popular Macintosh line.

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