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centipede any of various nocturnal arthropods, with a narrow, wormlike body consisting of many segments, each segment having a pair of legs and the front segment having poison fangs or claws.
central of or being the center. [4 definitions]
Central African Republic an African country bordered by Zaire, Cameroon, Chad, and Sudan.
Central America an extension of the North American continent from the Mexican border to South America, comprising seven countries.
central city the city at about the center of a metropolitan area, as distinguished from suburbs and smaller towns.
centralism a system or principle of organization, esp. of government, in which power is assigned to a central authority.
centralize to draw toward or consolidate at a common center. [3 definitions]
Central Park the first urban park in the U.S., developed in 1873, located in the Manhattan borough of New York City.
Central Powers a World War I alliance of Germany and Austria-Hungary together with Turkey and Bulgaria.
central processing unit (in computing) the part of a computer that interprets program commands and executes its instructions.
Central Standard Time the standard time used in the central region of the United States, six hours behind Greenwich time.
centre a spelling of center used in Canada and Britain. See center for more information.
centri- center.
-centric having a (specified) number or arrangement of centers. [2 definitions]
centric at or near the center. [2 definitions]
centrifugal moving or being directed outward from a center point or axis. [3 definitions]
centrifugal force a force that tends to pull a particle or body outward, away from the axis around which it rotates. (Cf. centripetal force.)
centrifugalize to centrifuge.
centrifuge a machine that uses centrifugal force to separate materials of different densities. [2 definitions]
centripetal forced or moving inward toward a center point or axis. [2 definitions]
centripetal force a force that tends to pull a particle or body toward the axis around which it rotates. (Cf. centrifugal force.)