central time

noun, often capitalized C

Definition of central time 

: the time of the sixth time zone west of Greenwich that includes the central U.S. — see time zone illustration

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Polls close: Polls starting at 7pm central time, but some won’t close until 9pm North Dakota’s incumbent Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp faces a very tough re-election in the 2018 midterms. Jen Kirby, Vox, "What time the polls close in the June 12 primary states," 12 June 2018 Cubs infielder Javier Baez and hometown hero Bryce Harper will also be competing in the showcase in Washington D.C. Voting continues through 3 p.m. central time. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Final Vote: With five hours to go, Jesus Aguilar remains in lead for all-star spot," 11 July 2018 Around 3:15 central time, a large white urn was seen being carried into the church. Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, "Andy and David Spade Arrive at Kate Spade's Funeral Together in Her Hometown of Kansas City," 21 June 2018 The clip was posted at 7:05 p.m. central time — precisely 50 years to the minute of King's death. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "WATCH: Stevie Wonder enlists dozens of A-list celebrities for MLK video tribute," 4 Apr. 2018 The show begins at 6:30 p.m. central time and will be shown in the New Orleans area on WWL television. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "The Meters win Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award," 27 Jan. 2018 Brennan will face the committee at 9 a.m. central time, according to the committee's website. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Senate committee sets hearing for Milwaukee nominee for federal appeals court," 23 Jan. 2018 That game was also an early start on the road in the central time zone. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "3 takeaways: MSU's Miles Bridges finds a way despite rough outing," 25 Feb. 2018 UConn played in Arizona on Thursday night, flew late to Georgia and bused back into central time to Auburn. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Capsule: UConn Vs. Auburn," 22 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of central time

1883, in the meaning defined above

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