central
I. adjective Etymology: Latin centralis, from centrum center Date: 1647 1. containing or constituting a center 2. of primary importance ; essential, principal <
the central character of the novel
>
3. a. situated at, in, or near the center b. easily accessible from outlying districts <
a central location for the new theater
>
4. a. centrally placed and superseding separate scattered units <
central heating
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b. controlling or directing local or branch activities <
the central committee
>
5. holding to a middle between extremes ; moderate 6. of, relating to, or comprising the brain and spinal cord; also originating within the central nervous system <
central deafness
>
centrally adverb II. noun Date: 1889 1. a telephone exchange or operator 2. a central office or bureau usually controlling others <
weather central
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3. a center or hub for a specified activity or group <
her house is party central
>
<
the family room becomes kid central
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • central — central, ale, aux [ sɑ̃tral, o ] adj. et n. • 1377; lat. centralis, de centrum I ♦ Adj. 1 ♦ Qui est au centre, qui a rapport au centre. Point central, partie centrale. L Europe, l Asie centrale. Quartier central d une ville. Nef, porte centrale.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Central — is an adjective usually referring to being in the centre.Central may also refer to:Directions and generalised locations* Central Africa, a region in the centre of Africa continent, also known as Middle Africa * Central America, a region in the… …   Wikipedia

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  • central — CENTRÁL, Ă, centrali, e, adj., s.f. I. adj. 1. Care se află (aproximativ) în centru, în mijloc; care provine dintr un centru. 2. fig. Care ocupă o poziţie principală, care constituie un nucleu în jurul căruia se grupează elementele secundare. ♦… …   Dicționar Român

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  • central — UK US /ˈsentrəl/ adjective ► main or important: be central to sth »Offshore production is central to the strategies of some of the world s most powerful businesses. »Communication plays a central role in developing trust within an organization. ► …   Financial and business terms

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