AskDefine | Define central

Dictionary Definition

central adj
1 serving as an essential component; "a cardinal rule"; "the central cause of the problem"; "an example that was fundamental to the argument"; "computers are fundamental to modern industrial structure" [syn: cardinal, fundamental, key, primal]
2 in or near a center or constituting a center; the inner area; "a central position"; "central heating and air conditioning" [ant: peripheral]
3 used in the description of a place that in the middle of another place; "the people of Central and Northern Europe"; "country in central Africa"
4 centrally located and easy to reach; "the central city has good bus service"; "the shop has a central location" n : a workplace that serves as a telecommunications facility where lines from telephones can be connected together to permit communication [syn: telephone exchange, exchange]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˈsɛntɹəl/


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


being in the centre
  • German: zentral, mittig
being the most important
  • German: zentral
having or containing the centre of something
  • German: zentral
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central (pl centrals)
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centralis, central



  1. central, pivotal, nodal




  1. central

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Central is an adjective usually referring to being in the centre. Central may also refer to:

Directions and generalised locations

Specific locations


Train stations and lines




See also

central in German: Central
central in Spanish: Central
central in French: Central
central in Dutch: Central
central in Japanese: セントラル
central in Polish: Central
central in Portuguese: Central
central in Russian: Центральный
central in Volapük: Central

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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