Century plant(Bot.), the Agave Americana, formerly supposed to flower but once in a century; — hence the name. See Agave.The Magdeburg Centuries, an ecclesiastical history of the first thirteen centuries, arranged in thirteen volumes, compiled in the 16th century by Protestant scholars at Magdeburg.

(Ce*pev"o*rous) a. [L. cepa an onion + varare to devour.] Feeding upon onions. [R.] Sterling.

(Ceph"a*lad) adv. [Gr. kefalh` head + L. ad toward.] (Zoöl.) Forwards; towards the head or anterior extremity of the body; opposed to caudad.

(||Ceph`a*lal"gi*a Ceph"a*lal`gy) n. [L. cephalalgia, Gr. + pain: cf. F. céphalalgie.] (Med.) Pain in the head; headache.

(Ceph`a*lal"gic) a. [L. cephalalgicus, Gr. .] (Med.) Relating to, or affected with, headache.n. A remedy for the headache.

(Cen"tu*ple), v. t. To increase a hundredfold.

(Cen*tu"pli*cate) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Centuplicated; p. pr. & vb. n. Centuplicating.] [L. centuplicare. See Centuple, a.] To make a hundredfold; to repeat a hundred times. [R.] Howell.

(Cen*tu"ri*al) a. [L. See Century.] Of or pertaining to a century; as, a centurial sermon. [R.]

(Cen*tu"ri*ate) a. [L. centuriatus, p. p. of centuriare to divide (men) into centuries.] Pertaining to, or divided into, centuries or hundreds. [R.] Holland.

(Cen*tu"ri*ate) v. t. [See century.] To divide into hundreds. [Obs.]

(Cen*tu"ri*a`tor Cen"tu*rist) n. [Cf. F. centuriateur.] An historian who distinguishes time by centuries, esp. one of those who wrote the "Magdeburg Centuries." See under Century. [R.]

(Cen*tu"ri*on) n. [L. centurio, fr. centuria; cf. F. centurion. See Century.] (Rom. Hist.) A military officer who commanded a minor division of the Roman army; a captain of a century.

A centurion of the hand called the Italian band.
Acts x. 1.

(Cen"tu*ry) n.; pl. Centuries [L. centuria (in senses 1 & 3), fr. centum a hundred: cf. F. centurie. See Cent.]

1. A hundred; as, a century of sonnets; an aggregate of a hundred things. [Archaic.]

And on it said a century of prayers.

2. A period of a hundred years; as, this event took place over two centuries ago.

Century, in the reckoning of time, although often used in a general way of any series of hundred consecutive years usually signifies a division of the Christian era, consisting of a period of one hundred years ending with the hundredth year from which it is named; as, the first century (a. d. 1-100 inclusive); the seventh century (d. 601- 700); the eighteenth century (d. 1701- 1800). With words or phrases connecting it with some other system of chronology it is used of similar division of those eras; as, the first century of Rome

3. (Rom. Antiq.) (a) A division of the Roman people formed according to their property, for the purpose of voting for civil officers. (b) One of sixty companies into which a legion of the army was divided. It was Commanded by a centurion.

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