One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who centralizes or who advocates centralization, especially with regard to political or administrative organization.
2Oil Industry. A device fitted around a drilling string, pipe casing, etc., in order to keep it in a central position in a borehole.
3Mathematics. The set of elements of a group which each commute with every element of a given subset of that group.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Circular to Bankers. From centralize + -er.
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