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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     
a    of or relating to the central nervous system  
b    of or relating to the centrum of a vertebra  
4    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    (of a force) directed from or towards a point  
  centrally      adv  

Central African Federation  
      n      another name for the       Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland  
Central African Republic  
      n   a landlocked country of central Africa: joined with Chad as a territory of French Equatorial Africa in 1910; became an independent republic in 1960; a parliamentary monarchy (1976--79); consists of a huge plateau, mostly savanna, with dense forests in the south; drained chiefly by the Shari and Ubangi Rivers. Official language: French; Sango is the national language. Religion: Christian and animist. Currency: franc. Capital: Bangui. Pop.: 3376000 (1998 est.). Area: 622577 sq. km (240376 sq. miles),   (Former names)    Ubangi-Shari   until 1958  
Central African Empire   1976--79,   (French name)    République Centrafricaine  
Central America  
      n   an isthmus joining the continents of North and South America, extending from the S border of Mexico to the NW border of Colombia and consisting of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Area: about 518000 sq. km (200000 sq. miles)  
  Central American      adj  
central angle  
      n   an angle whose vertex is at the centre of a circle  
central bank  
      n   a national bank that does business mainly with a government and with other banks: it regulates the volume and cost of credit  
Central Committee  
      n   (in Communist parties) the body responsible for party policy between meetings of the party congress: in practice, it is in charge of day-to-day operations of the party bureaucracy  
Central European Time  
      n   the standard time adopted by Western European countries one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, corresponding to British Summer Time,   (Abbrev.)    CET  
central heating  
      n   a system for heating the rooms of a building by means of radiators or air vents connected by pipes or ducts to a central source of heat  
Central India Agency  
      n   a former group of 89 states in India, under the supervision of a British political agent until 1947: most important were Indore, Bhopal, and Rewa  
Central Intelligence Agency  
      n      See       CIA  
Central Karoo  
      n   an arid plateau of S central South Africa, in Cape Province, separated from the Little Karoo to the southwest by the Swartberg range. Average height: 750 m (2500 ft.)  
central limit theorem  
      n     (Statistics)   the fundamental result that the sum (or mean) of independent identically distributed random variables with finite variance approaches a normally distributed random variable as their number increases, whence in particular if enough samples are repeatedly drawn from any population, the sum of the sample values can be thought of, approximately, as an outcome from a normally distributed random variable  
central locking  
      n   a system by which all the doors of a motor vehicle can be locked simultaneously when the driver's door is locked  
central nervous system  
      n   the mass of nerve tissue that controls and coordinates the activities of an animal. In vertebrates it consists of the brain and spinal cord,   (Abbrev.)    CNS      Compare       autonomic nervous system  
Central Powers  
      pl n     (European history)  
a    (before World War I) Germany, Italy, and Austria-Hungary after they were linked by the Triple Alliance in 1882  
b    (during World War I) Germany and Austria-Hungary, together with their allies Turkey and Bulgaria  
central processing unit  
      n   the part of a computer that performs logical and arithmetical operations on the data as specified in the instructions,   (Abbrev.)    CPU  
Central Provinces and Berar  
      n   a former province of central India: reorganized and renamed Madhya Pradesh in 1950  
Central Region  
      n   a former local government region in central Scotland, formed in 1975 from Clackmannanshire, most of Stirlingshire, and parts of Perthshire, West Lothian, Fife, and Kinross-shire; in 1996 it was replaced by the council areas of Stirling, Clackmannanshire, and Falkirk  
central reserve   , reservation  
      n     (Brit)   the strip, often covered with grass, that separates the two sides of a motorway or dual carriageway,   (U.S. and Austral. name)    median strip     (Canadian name)    median  
Central Standard Time  
      n   one of the standard times used in North America, based on the local time of the 90° meridian, six hours behind Greenwich Mean Time,   (Abbrev.)    CST  
central sulcus  
      n   a deep cleft in each hemisphere of the brain separating the frontal lobe from the parietal lobe  
central tendency  
      n     (Statistics)   the tendency of the values of a random variable to cluster around the mean, median, and mode  
European Central Bank  
      n   a European bank established in 1998 to oversee the Exchange Rate Mechanism that stabilizes the euro and other European Union currencies,   (Abbrev.)    ECB  
Massif Central     (French)  
      n   a mountainous plateau region of S central France, occupying about one sixth of the country: contains several extinct volcanic cones, notably Puy de Dôme, 1465 m (4806 ft.). Highest point: Puy de Sancy, 1886 m (6188 ft.). Area: about 85000 sq. km (33000 sq. miles)  
Soviet Central Asia  
      n   the region of the former Soviet Union now occupied by Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan,   (Also called)    Russian Turkestan, West Turkestan  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


chief, essential, focal, fundamental, inner, interior, key, main, mean, median, mid, middle, primary, principal  
   exterior, minor, outer, outermost, secondary, subordinate, subsidiary  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
the most important or central part of something
[US] The core of the book focuses on the period between 1660 and 1857.
series of concentric, expanding circles caused by ripples in water from a central point
unconventional monetary policy used by central banks to stimulate the national economy when conventional monetary policy has become ineffective.
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