- The definition of central is something located in the center or middle, or the most basic or important part of something.
- An example of central is a downtown shopping center in the middle of town; central location.
- An example of central is a park that's close to many popular city attractions; central park.
- An example of central is love and happiness being most people's ultimate wish for their children; central to children's life.
- in, at, or near the center
- of or forming the center
- equally distant or accessible from various points
- most important; main; basic; principal
- of or having to do with a single source that controls all activity in an organization or system
- designating or of that part of a nervous system consisting of the brain and spinal cord or, in many invertebrates, the chief ganglia and their major nerve cords
- of the centrum of a vertebra
- Phonet. articulated with the tongue in a position approximately halfway between front and back: said of certain vowels, as (u) in bud
Origin of centralClassical Latin centralis
- Situated at, in, or near the center: the central states.
- Forming the center.
- Having dominant or controlling power or influence: the company's central office.
- Of basic importance; essential or principal: “Performance, including technological invention and artistic creation, will become central to education at all levels” (Frederick Turner).
- Easily reached from various points: a central location for the new store.
- Of or constituting a single source controlling all components of a system: central air conditioning.
- Anatomy a. Of, relating to, or originating from the nervous system.b. Relating to a centrum.
- Linguistics Articulated in the middle of the oral cavity; neither front nor back. Used of vowels, as the u in cut.
- 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.
Origin of centralLatin centrālis, from centrum, center; see Center .
(comparative more central, superlative most central)
- Being in the centre.
- Being the most important.
- Having or containing the centre of something.
- Being very important, or key to something.
From Latin centrālis.