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English definition of “centripetal”


adjective     /ˌsen.trɪˈpiː.təl/ US  /-t̬əl/ specialized
(of a turning object) moving towards the point around which it is turning: centripetal forceRevolving, rotating and spinningEnergy, force and powerPower and intensity
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