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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.
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.)
centrist a person whose ideology lies near the center of the political spectrum; moderate. [2 definitions]
centroid the arithmetic mean of all points that form the boundary of a two- or three-dimensional object.
centrosome a minute protoplasmic body, near the nucleus in most animal cells, that divides in mitosis.
centurion in ancient Rome, an officer in command of a company of about one hundred men.