Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
An agency of the United States government, responsible for coordinating information-gathering activities outside the United States in the interest of national security. The CIA works with the Department of State and a variety of civilian and military organizations to protect American interests abroad and recommend directions for American foreign policy.
Note: The extreme secrecy of many of the CIA’s operations has enhanced its reputation as an organization of espionage and intrigue.
Note: The operations of the CIA are directed by the National Security Council.
a combining form meaning “hundredth” or “hundred,” used in the formation of compound words: centiliter; centimeter; centipede. prefix denoting one hundredth: centimetre, c (rare) denoting a hundred: centipede word-forming element meaning “one hundred” or “one hundredth part,” used in English from c.1800, from the French metric system, from Latin centi-, comb. form of centum “one […]
any of several theorems stating that the sum of a number of random variables obeying certain conditions will assume a normal distribution as the number of variables becomes large. noun (statistics) the fundamental result that the sum (or mean) of independent identically distributed random variables with finite variance approaches a normally distributed random variable as […]
- Central locking
noun a system by which all the doors of a motor vehicle can be locked simultaneously when the driver’s door is locked noun a system for locking and unlocking all doors a motor vehicle with one key or electronic device
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central lymph node n. Any of the lymph nodes located around the midportion of the axillary artery.