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central US English

Of, at, or forming the center

central US Thesaurus

occupying a central position

central bank US English

A national bank that provides financial and banking services for its country’s government and commercial banking system, as well as implementing the government’s monetary policy and issuing currency

central city US English

A heavily populated city at the center of a large metropolitan area

Central Park US English

A large public park in the center of Manhattan in New York City

Central time US English

The standard time in a zone that includes the central states of the US and parts of central Canada, specifically

Central America US English

The southernmost part of North America that links the continent to South America and consists of the countries of Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama

central casting US English

An agency or department that supplies actors for minor, usually stereotypical or generic film roles

Central Command US English

A military strike force consisting of units from the US Army, Air Force, and Navy, established in 1979 (as the Rapid Deployment Force) to operate in the Middle East and North Africa

central heating US English

A system for warming a building by heating water or air in one place and circulating it through pipes and radiators or vents

central locking US English

A locking system in a motor vehicle that enables the locks of all doors to be operated simultaneously by a single person

Central Powers US English

The alliance of Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey, and Bulgaria during World War I

Central Valley US English

A lowland in central California that is drained in the north by the Sacramento River and also is called the Sacramento Valley. In the south, it is called the San Joaquin Valley

Massif Central US English

A mountainous plateau in south central France. It covers almost one sixth of the country and rises to a height of 6,188 feet (1,887 m) at Puy de Sancy, a mountain in the Auvergne region

Central America New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama

Central Powers New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

Germany, Austria–Hungary, Turkey, and Bulgaria in WWI

Massif Central New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

mountainous plateau in south central France

central tendency US English

The tendency for the values of a random variable to cluster round its mean, mode, or median

central reservation US English

The strip of land between the carriageways of a motorway or other major road

Central European Time US English

The standard time based on the mean solar time at the meridian 15° E, used in central and western continental Europe. It is one hour ahead of GMT

Central African Republic US English

A country in central Africa; population 4,511,500 (est. 2009); capital, Bangui; languages, French (official) and Sango

central nervous system US English

The complex of nerve tissues that controls the activities of the body. In vertebrates it comprises the brain and spinal cord

central processing unit US English

The part of a computer in which operations are controlled and executed

Central Intelligence Agency US English

A US federal agency responsible for coordinating government intelligence activities

United Provinces of Central America US English

A former federal republic in Central America, formed in 1823 to unite the states of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica, all newly independent from Spain. The federation collapsed in 1838

Organization of Central American States US English

An association of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Costa Rica founded in 1951 for economic and political cooperation

central processor in central processing unit US English

The part of a computer in which operations are controlled and executed

central stoneroller in stoneroller US English

A small freshwater fish of the minnow family that uses the hard ridge on its lower jaw to scrape food, especially algae, from rocks

Central Casting Corporation in central casting US English

An agency or department that supplies actors for minor, usually stereotypical or generic film roles


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