centripetal force
noun Date: 1686 the force that is necessary to keep an object moving in a curved path and that is directed inward toward the center of rotation <
a string on the end of which a stone is whirled about exerts centripetal force on the stone
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compare centrifugal force

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Centripetal force — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • centripetal force — force which pulls objects toward the center around which they are moving …   English contemporary dictionary

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