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centigrade see "Celsius."
centigram a unit of weight equal to one hundredth of a gram or 0.154 grain.
centiliter a unit of capacity equal to one hundredth of a liter or 0.338 fluid ounce.
centime a monetary unit of several countries, including Chad, Algeria, Haiti, and Niger. (Cf. franc, dinar, gourde.) [2 definitions]
centimeter a unit of length equal to one hundredth of a meter or 0.3937 inch. (abbr.: cm)
centimeter-gram-second of or concerning the system of measurement in which the centimeter, gram, and second are the basic units of length, mass, and time.
centimo a monetary unit of Andorra, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Sao Tome and Principe, and Venezuela. Formerly, it was also the smaller monetary unit of Spain.
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 Africa a large region of Africa in the central part of the continent usually consisting of Chad, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, the Republic of the Congo, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and often including, in addition, other nearby nations depending on which definition of the region is used.
Central African Republic an African country bordered by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 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.
centralization the act or process of drawing toward or consolidating at a common center. [2 definitions]
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.