from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A central region, especially one that is politically, economically, or militarily vital to a nation, region, or culture.

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  • noun The centre, or most populous part of a region defined by geographical or non-geographical criteria.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the central region of a country or continent; especially a region that is important to a country or to a culture


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