Definitions

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  • adv. towards a centre or axis
  • adv. using centripetal force

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a centripetal manner; with tendency toward a center; by centripetal force.

Etymologies

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From centripetal + ly adverbial suffix.

Examples

  • The mother country, its agents, its superior legal culture—these acted centripetally, before Independence.

    A History of American Law

  • Attractive women of nineteen and of twenty-nine are alike in their breezy confidence; on the contrary, the exigent womb of the twenties does not pull the outside world centripetally around itself.

    Tender is the Night

  • All I ask of you is to act centripetally in entering the debate which is of vital concern to South Africa and all its people.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Therefore, this vibratory action is neutralized by attaching two additional like wheels to the common plane, with their rotation advanced 90 degrees, so that the second pair are imposing their equal arc centripetal force at the same time the first set of wheels are describing the two major and two minor arc centripetally imposed forces.

    Chapter 4

  • He came to the conclusion that the hypoplasia of motor nerve cells of the ventral horn and of other nerve cells of the same hemisection of the spinal cord resulted from lack of stimuli centripetally transmitted by nerve fibers of the first differentiated neurons.

    Nobel Lecture The Nerve Growth Factor: Thirty-Five Years Later

  • If the reefrat can accelerate its own body without reaction, perhaps it can also accelerate gas molecules centripetally, also without reaction.

    Starchild Omnibus

  • The blood-clot occupying its centre now contracts, the margins rapidly become approximated centripetally, and a small circular dark spot only remains, which is later replaced by a small red cicatrix.

    Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900 Being Mainly a Clinical Study of the Nature and Effects of Injuries Produced by Bullets of Small Calibre

  • Still entangled with my slumbers, I hesitated to respond to the friendly hands that were everywhere thrust centripetally toward me.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 15, No. 85, January, 1875

  • There the volcanic phenomenon, when taken in its wider implications, made us realize that the upward movement of physical masses, in itself part of the total phenomenon, is due to a dynamic cause which we had to describe, in contrast to centripetally working pressure, as peripherally working suction.

    Man or Matter

  • The leaders of Canadian life who followed Confederation have worked centrifugally rather than centripetally, with the result that we are farther away than ever from having national schools in Canada, and the gulf between our two leading nationalities has been widened instead of narrowed.

    Can We Achieve Canadian Unity?

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