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CENTRIPETAL

 Dictionary entry overview: What does centripetal mean? 

CENTRIPETAL (adjective)
  The adjective CENTRIPETAL has 3 senses:

1. tending to move toward a center
2. tending to unify
3. of a nerve fiber or impulse originating outside and passing toward the central nervous system

  Familiarity information: CENTRIPETAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CENTRIPETAL (adjective)


Sense 1centripetal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tending to move toward a center

Context example:

centripetal force

Similar:

inward-developing (toward an axis, as in a sunflower; the oldest flowers are near the edge, the youngest in the center)

inward-moving (moving or directed toward the center or axis, especially when spinning or traveling in a curve)

Antonym:

centrifugal (tending to move away from a center)


Sense 2centripetal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tending to unify

Synonyms:

centripetal; unifying

Similar:

centralising; centralizing (tending to draw to a central point)


Sense 3centripetal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of a nerve fiber or impulse originating outside and passing toward the central nervous system

Synonyms:

sensory; centripetal; receptive

Context example:

sensory neurons

Similar:

afferent (of nerves and nerve impulses; conveying sensory information from the sense organs to the CNS)


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