centripetal force

noun

Definition of centripetal force

:the force that is necessary to keep an object moving in a curved path and that is directed inward toward the center of rotation
  • a string on the end of which a stone is whirled about exerts centripetal force on the stone
— compare centrifugal force

First Known Use of centripetal force

1686


CENTRIPETAL FORCE Defined for English Language Learners

centripetal force

noun

Definition of centripetal force for English Language Learners

  • physics : a force that pulls an object moving in a circular path toward the center of its path


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