Meaning of CENTRIPETAL in English


/ senˈtrɪpɪtl; NAmE ; ˌsentrɪˈpiːtl/ adjective

( technical ) moving or tending to move towards a centre



early 18th cent.: from modern Latin centripetus , from Latin centrum (from Greek kentron sharp point, stationary point of a pair of compasses, related to kentein to prick) + -petus seeking (from petere seek).

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