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Meaning of central by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin centrālis .


    • IPA: /ˈsɛntɹəl/


    central ( comparative more central, superlative most central )

    1. being in the centre
    2. being the most important
    3. having or containing the centre of something

Explanation of central by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. in or near a center or constituting a center

    2. a central position
    3. serving as an essential component

    4. the central cause of the problem
    1. a workplace that serves as a telecommunications facility where lines from telephones can be connected together to permit communication

    Definition of central by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Central a. [L. centralis, fr. centrum: cf. F. central. See Center.] Relating to the center; situated in or near the center or middle; containing the center; of or pertaining to the parts near the center; equidistant or equally accessible from certain points.

      Central force ( Math. ), a force acting upon a body towards or away from a fixed or movable center. -- Center sun ( Astron. ), a name given to a hypothetical body about which Mädler supposed the solar system together with all the stars in the Milky Way, to be revolving. A point near Alcyone in the Pleiades was supposed to possess characteristics of the position of such a body.

    2. Central Centrale n. [NL. centrale, fr. L. centralis.] ( Anat. ) The central, or one of the central, bones of the carpus or or tarsus. In the tarsus of man it is represented by the navicular.