centripetal force


centripetal force
UK [senˌtrɪpɪt(ə)l ˈfɔː(r)s] / US [senˌtrɪpət(ə)l ˈfɔrs] noun [uncountable] physics
a force that makes things move towards the centre of something when they are moving around that centre. Gravity is the centripetal force that keeps the planets orbiting around the Sun.

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  • 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 — ► NOUN Physics ▪ a force which acts on a body moving in a circular path and is directed towards the centre around which the body is moving …   English terms dictionary

  • centripetal force — n. the force tending to pull a thing toward the center of rotation when it is rotating around a center …   English World dictionary

  • 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 — įcentrinė jėga statusas T sritis Standartizacija ir metrologija apibrėžtis Kreivai judančią dalelę arba materialųjį tašką veikianti jėga, nukreipta pagal jos trajektorijos pagrindinę normalę į kreivumo centrą. atitikmenys: angl. centripetal force …   Penkiakalbis aiškinamasis metrologijos terminų žodynas

  • centripetal force — įcentrinė jėga statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. centripetal force vok. Zentripetalkraft, f rus. центростремительная сила, f pranc. force centripète, f …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • centripetal force — force which pulls objects toward the center around which they are moving …   English contemporary dictionary

  • centripetal force — /sɛnˌtrɪpətl ˈfɔs/ (say sen.tripuhtl faws) noun Physics a force, directed towards the centre of a circle or curve, which causes a body to move in a circular or curved path. Also, centripetal action …   Australian English dictionary