Definition of centripetal force in US English:

centripetal force


  • A force that acts on a body moving in a circular path and is directed toward the center around which the body is moving.

    • ‘Now, if we set a cylindrical space station in rotational motion at a certain angular velocity, anything that moves with it will need a centripetal force to keep it rotating with the station.’
    • ‘Newton analysed the motion of bodies in resisting and non-resisting media under the action of centripetal forces.’
    • ‘Armed with his conception of material space, which was the location of gravity, combined with the constant action of the centripetal force of universal gravitation, Toland believed he had accounted for all phenomena in the universe.’