Centripetal
Centripetal Cen*trip"e*tal, a. [L. centrum center + petere to move toward.] 1. Tending, or causing, to approach the center. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) (a) Expanding first at the base of the inflorescence, and proceeding in order towards the summit. (b) Having the radicle turned toward the axis of the fruit, as some embryos. [1913 Webster]

3. Progressing by changes from the exterior of a thing toward its center; as, the centripetal calcification of a bone. --R. Owen. [1913 Webster]

{Centripetal force} (Mech.), a force whose direction is towards a center, as in case of a planet revolving round the sun, the center of the system, See {Centrifugal force}, under {Centrifugal}.

{Centripetal impression} (Physiol.), an impression (sensory) transmitted by an afferent nerve from the exterior of the body inwards, to the central organ. [1913 Webster]


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  • centripetal — CENTRIPETÁL, Ă, centripetali, e, adj. Centripet. – Din germ. zentripetal. Trimis de valeriu, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  CENTRIPETÁL adj. v. centripet. Trimis de siveco, 13.09.2007. Sursa: Sinonime  centripetál adj. m …   Dicționar Român

  • centripetal — (adj.) 1709, from Modern Latin, coined 1687 by Sir Isaac Newton, from L. centri alternative comb. form of centrum center (see CENTER (Cf. center)) + petere to fall upon, rush out, move forward (see PETITION (Cf. petition)). Centripetal force. is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • centripetal — [sen trip′ət l] adj. [ModL centripetus (coined by NEWTON2 Sir Isaac < CENTRI + L petere, to fall, rush at: see FEATHER + AL] 1. moving or tending to move toward a center 2. using or acted on by centripetal force …   English World dictionary

  • Centripĕtal — (v. lat.), was sich nach dem Mittelpunkte zuwendet; so Centripetus (Bot.), dem Mittelpunkte od. der Achse zugewendet; Centripeta radicula, Gegensatz von Centrifuga radicula (s.d.), wenn das Keimwurzelchen gegen die Fruchtachse hin gerichtet ist;… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • centripetal — ► ADJECTIVE Physics ▪ moving towards a centre. DERIVATIVES centripetally adverb. ORIGIN from Latin centrum centre + petus seeking …   English terms dictionary

  • centripetal — centrifugal, centripetal are stressed on the third and second syllables respectively. Their meanings are complementary: centrifugal relates to movement away from a centre and centripetal to movement towards a centre. Centrifugal occurs more often …   Modern English usage

  • centripetal — centripetalism, n. centripetally, adv. /sen trip i tl/, adj. 1. directed toward the center (opposed to centrifugal). 2. operating by centripetal force. 3. Physiol. afferent. [1700 10; < NL centripet(us) center seeking (centri CENTRI + petus,… …   Universalium

  • centripetal — adjective a) directed or moving towards a centre b) of, relating to, or operated by centripetal force Ant: centrifugal …   Wiktionary

  • centripetal — adj. Centripetal is used with these nouns: ↑force …   Collocations dictionary

  • centripetal — cen·trip·e·tal || sen trɪpɪtl adj. proceeding toward a center; using centripetal force …   English contemporary dictionary

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