centripetal, a. [L. centrum center + petere to move toward.].
Centripetal force (Mech.), a force whose direction is towards a center, as in case of a planet revolving round the sun, the center of the system, See Centrifugal force, under Centrifugal. -- Centripetal impression (Physiol.), an impression (sensory) transmitted by an afferent nerve from the exterior of the body inwards, to the central organ.
Tending, or causing, to approach the center. [1913 Webster]
Expanding first at the base of the inflorescence, and proceeding in order towards the summit. [1913 Webster]
Progressing by changes from the exterior of a thing toward its center; as, the centripetal calcification of a bone. R. Owen. [1913 Webster]
approaching, asymptotic, centrolineal, concentrating, concurrent, confluent, confocal, connivent, consolidating, converging, focal, meeting, mutually approaching, radial, radiating, tangent, tangential, unifying, uniting
repulsion, driving from, repulse, abduction, magnetic repulsion, magnetic levitation, antigravity, repelling, repellent, repulsive, abducent, abductive, centripetal
, like charges repel, opposite charges attract, like poles repel, opposite poles attract.
convergence, confluence, concourse, conflux, congress, concurrence, concentration, convergency, appulse, meeting, corradiation, assemblage, resort, asymptote, converging, convergent, confluent, concurrent, centripetal
, asymptotical, asymptotic, confluxible.