Synonyms for centripetal

Grammar : Adj
Spell : sen-trip-i-tl
Phonetic Transcription : sɛnˈtrɪp ɪ tl

Définition of centripetal

Origin :
  • 1709, from Modern Latin, coined 1687 by Sir Isaac Newton (who wrote in Latin), from Latin centri- alternative comb. form of centrum "center" (see center (n.)) + petere "to make for, go to; seek, strive after" (see petition (n.)). Centripetal force is Newton's vim ... centripetam.
  • As in integrative : adj unifying
Example sentences :
  • My talent—if that's what you call it—was centrifugal, not centripetal.
  • Extract from : « Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 3, April 16, 1870 » by Various
  • The centrifugal force has been overbalanced by the centripetal.
  • Extract from : « A History of American Christianity » by Leonard Woolsey Bacon
  • "Centrifugal, centripetal," he said, with his chin on his fist.
  • Extract from : « Tales of Space and Time » by Herbert George Wells
  • Their action, in this respect, was centripetal as well as centrifugal.
  • Extract from : « Lives of the Engineers » by Samuel Smiles
  • The powers which united have lost their specific, centripetal character.
  • Extract from : « Introduction to the Science of Sociology » by Robert E. Park
  • From the inside of the same ring (probably on the side of the six ascending interradial beams) spring six centripetal teeth.
  • Extract from : « Report on the Radiolaria Collected by H.M.S. Challenger During the Years 1873-1876, Second Part: Subclass Osculosa; Index » by Ernst Haeckel
  • Europe has always been torn between centrifugal and centripetal forces.
  • Extract from : « After the Rain » by Sam Vaknin
  • For a centrifugal explosion, they substitute a centripetal adjustment.
  • Extract from : « The Unpopular Review Vol. I » by Various
  • "Paris is the centre of the world," if centripetal tendency is any proof of it.
  • Extract from : « Pencillings by the Way » by N. Parker Willis
  • And he had the centripetal, not the centrifugal temperament.
  • Extract from : « Unicorns » by James Huneker

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