Definition of centripetal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//senˈtrɪpɪtl//
; NAmE NAmE//senˈtrɪpɪtl//
; BrE BrE//ˌsentrɪˈpiːtl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsentrɪˈpiːtl//
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moving or tending to move towards a centre Word Originearly 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’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: centripetal