centrifugal/centripetal force

 Centrifugal force pulls away from; centripetal force draws toward.

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  • centrifugal/centripetal force —    Centrifugal force pulls away from; centripetal force draws toward …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • Centripetal force — Force Force, n. [F. force, LL. forcia, fortia, fr. L. fortis strong. See {Fort}, n.] 1. Capacity of exercising an influence or producing an effect; strength or energy of body or mind; active power; vigor; might; often, an unusual degree of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Centripetal force — Centripetal Cen*trip e*tal, a. [L. centrum center + petere to move toward.] 1. Tending, or causing, to approach the center. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) (a) Expanding first at the base of the inflorescence, and proceeding in order towards the summit …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Centripetal force — Not to be confused with Centrifugal force. Classical mechanics Newton s Second Law …   Wikipedia

  • centripetal force — noun Date: 1686 the force that is necessary to keep an object moving in a curved path and that is directed inward toward the center of rotation < a string on the end of which a stone is whirled about exerts centripetal force on the stone >… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • centripetal force — noun the inward force on a body moving in a curved path around another body • Ant: ↑centrifugal force • Hypernyms: ↑force * * * noun, pl ⋯ forces [count, noncount] physics : a force that pulls an object moving in a circular path toward the center …   Useful english dictionary

  • centripetal force — Synonyms and related words: adduction, affinity, allurement, attractance, attraction, attractiveness, attractivity, capillarity, capillary attraction, centrifugal force, drag, draw, force of gravity, gravitation, gravity, magnetism, mutual… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • centripetal force — A force which acts towards a central point, such as Earth s gravity. In a sense it is the opposite of centrifugal force …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • force — I n. compulsion violence 1) to apply, resort to, use force 2) to renounce (the use of) force 3) armed; brute; deadly; moral; physical; spiritual force military power 4) to marshal, muster, rally one s forces; to join forces with 5) armed,… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Centrifugal — Cen*trif u*gal, a. [L. centrum center + fugere to flee.] 1. Tending, or causing, to recede from the center. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) (a) Expanding first at the summit, and later at the base, as a flower cluster. (b) Having the radicle turned… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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