Origin of centripetal
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Examples from the Web for centripetal
So inevitably the centripetal force of the establishment GOP will move toward Jeb Bush.Why the GOP Needs a Return to the Bush Leagues
April 21, 2014
Which brings me to the ways Hartman generally tried to make "halachic community" seem wonderful—and centripetal.In A Very Deep Way: Remembering Rabbi David Hartman
February 21, 2013
My talent—if that's what you call it—was centrifugal, not centripetal.
The centrifugal force has been overbalanced by the centripetal.A History of American Christianity
Leonard Woolsey Bacon
"Centrifugal, centripetal," he said, with his chin on his fist.Tales of Space and Time
Herbert George Wells
Their action, in this respect, was centripetal as well as centrifugal.Lives of the Engineers
The powers which united have lost their specific, centripetal character.Introduction to the Science of Sociology
Robert E. Park
C17: from New Latin centripetus seeking the centre; see centri-, -petal
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Word Origin and History for centripetal
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Moving or directed toward a center or axis.
- Transmitting nerve impulses toward the central nervous system; afferent.
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- Moving or directed toward a center or axis, particularly one around which an object is spinning.
- Transmitting nerve impulses toward the brain or spinal cord; afferent.
- Developing or progressing inward toward a center or axis, as in the growth of plant structures. For example, in the disk of the inflorescence of a sunflower, the florets near the edge open first, and the ones in the center last. Compare centrifugal.
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