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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CENTRAL

Plainly the central idea of secession is the essence of anarchy.

The central question before us is: How shall we use that peace?

Three seats were rented by him in a central part of the large church.

Indeed Culbertson in the Central countries was Culbertson to none.

I have heard of you--the most wonderful shot in Central Africa.

The mail service of Central Africa is slow but very certain.

The ancient castles of England were the central feature of feudal society.

His central sanctities, his true possessions, should be Christian and simple.

Ham will be lower than Shem, because he was sent to Central Africa.

What is the central point from which this poem can be regarded?

WORD ORIGIN

1640s, from French central or directly from Latin centralis "pertaining to a center," from centrum (see center (n.)). Centrally is attested perhaps as early as early 15c., which might imply a usage of central earlier than the attested date.

Slightly older is centric (1580s). As a U.S. colloquial noun for "central telephone exchange," first recorded 1889 (hence, "Hello, Central?"). Central processing unit attested from 1961. Central America is attested from 1826.

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