Meaning of “centripetal” in the English Dictionary

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"centripetal" in British English

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uk /ˌsen.trɪˈpiː.təl/ us /senˈtrɪp.ə.t̬əl/ specialized

(Definition of “centripetal” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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centripetaladjective [ not gradable ]


physics describes a turning object that is moving toward the point around which it is turning

centripetal force also centripetal acceleration

Centripetal force is the force that pulls an object that is moving in a circle toward the center of the circle. Centripetal acceleration is the increase in speed that happens to such an object.

(Definition of “centripetal” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)