- 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.
central definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Classical Latin centralis
a telephone exchange, esp. the main one, or the telephone operator: an early term
- centrally adverb
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
former administrative region of SC Scotland, which included the former county of Clackmannan and parts of the former counties of Perth, Stirling, and West Lothian
central definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- An office or agency at the center of a group of related activities that serves to control and coordinate them: traffic central.
Origin: Latin centrālis, from centrum, center; see Center .
- cenˈtral·ly adverb