from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Moving or directed toward a center or axis.
- adj. Operated by means of centripetal force.
- adj. Physiology Transmitting nerve impulses toward the central nervous system; afferent.
- adj. Botany Developing or progressing inward toward the center or axis, as in the head of a sunflower, in which the oldest flowers are near the edge and the youngest flowers are in the center.
- adj. Tending or directed toward centralization: the centripetal effects of a homogeneous population.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. directed or moving towards a centre
- adj. of, relating to, or operated by centripetal force
- adj. directed towards the central nervous system; afferent
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Tending, or causing, to approach the center.
- adj. Expanding first at the base of the inflorescence, and proceeding in order towards the summit.
- adj. Having the radicle turned toward the axis of the fruit, as some embryos.
- adj. Progressing by changes from the exterior of a thing toward its center.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Tending or moving toward the center: opposed to centrifugal.
- Progressing by changes from the exterior of an object to its center: as, the centripetal calcification of a bone.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. tending to unify
- adj. tending to move toward a center
- adj. of a nerve fiber or impulse originating outside and passing toward the central nervous system
From New Latin coined by Sir Isaac Newton, from Latin centri- (centrum) "center" + petere "to fall, rush out" (Wiktionary)