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 for Centripetal force
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Force \Force\, n. [F. force, LL. forcia, fortia, fr. L. fortis
     strong. See Fort, n.]
     1. Capacity of exercising an influence or producing an
        effect; strength or energy of body or mind; active power;
        vigor; might; often, an unusual degree of strength or
        energy; especially, power to persuade, or convince, or
        impose obligation; pertinency; validity; special
        signification; as, the force of an appeal, an argument, a
        contract, or a term.
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              He was, in the full force of the words, a good man.
                                                    --Macaulay.
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     2. Power exerted against will or consent; compulsory power;
        violence; coercion; as, by force of arms; to take by
        force.
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              Which now they hold by force, and not by right.
                                                    --Shak.
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     3. Strength or power for war; hence, a body of land or naval
        combatants, with their appurtenances, ready for action; --
        an armament; troops; warlike array; -- often in the
        plural; hence, a body of men prepared for action in other
        ways; as, the laboring force of a plantation; the armed
        forces.
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              Is Lucius general of the forces?      --Shak.
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     4. (Law)
        (a) Strength or power exercised without law, or contrary
            to law, upon persons or things; violence.
        (b) Validity; efficacy. --Burrill.
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     5. (Physics) Any action between two bodies which changes, or
        tends to change, their relative condition as to rest or
        motion; or, more generally, which changes, or tends to
        change, any physical relation between them, whether
        mechanical, thermal, chemical, electrical, magnetic, or of
        any other kind; as, the force of gravity; cohesive force;
        centrifugal force.
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     Animal force (Physiol.), muscular force or energy.
  
     Catabiotic force [Gr. ? down (intens.) + ? life.] (Biol.),
        the influence exerted by living structures on adjoining
        cells, by which the latter are developed in harmony with
        the primary structures.
  
     Centrifugal force, Centripetal force, Coercive force,
        etc. See under Centrifugal, Centripetal, etc.
  
     Composition of forces, Correlation of forces, etc. See
        under Composition, Correlation, etc.
  
     Force and arms [trans. of L. vi et armis] (Law), an
        expression in old indictments, signifying violence.
  
     In force, or Of force, of unimpaired efficacy; valid; of
        full virtue; not suspended or reversed. "A testament is of
        force after men are dead." --Heb. ix. 17.
  
     Metabolic force (Physiol.), the influence which causes and
        controls the metabolism of the body.
  
     No force, no matter of urgency or consequence; no account;
        hence, to do no force, to make no account of; not to heed.
        [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  
     Of force, of necessity; unavoidably; imperatively. "Good
        reasons must, of force, give place to better." --Shak.
  
     Plastic force (Physiol.), the force which presumably acts
        in the growth and repair of the tissues.
  
     Vital force (Physiol.), that force or power which is
        inherent in organization; that form of energy which is the
        cause of the vital phenomena of the body, as distinguished
        from the physical forces generally known.
  
     Syn: Strength; vigor; might; energy; stress; vehemence;
          violence; compulsion; coaction; constraint; coercion.
  
     Usage: Force, Strength. Strength looks rather to power as
            an inward capability or energy. Thus we speak of the
            strength of timber, bodily strength, mental strength,
            strength of emotion, etc. Force, on the other hand,
            looks more to the outward; as, the force of
            gravitation, force of circumstances, force of habit,
            etc. We do, indeed, speak of strength of will and
            force of will; but even here the former may lean
            toward the internal tenacity of purpose, and the
            latter toward the outward expression of it in action.
            But, though the two words do in a few cases touch thus
            closely on each other, there is, on the whole, a
            marked distinction in our use of force and strength.
            "Force is the name given, in mechanical science, to
            whatever produces, or can produce, motion." --Nichol.
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                  Thy tears are of no force to mollify
                  This flinty man.                  --Heywood.
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                  More huge in strength than wise in works he was.
                                                    --Spenser.
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                  Adam and first matron Eve
                  Had ended now their orisons, and found
                  Strength added from above, new hope to spring
                  Out of despair.                   --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Centripetal \Cen*trip"e*tal\, a. [L. centrum center + petere to
     move toward.]
     1. Tending, or causing, to approach the center.
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     2. (Bot.)
        (a) Expanding first at the base of the inflorescence, and
            proceeding in order towards the summit.
        (b) Having the radicle turned toward the axis of the
            fruit, as some embryos.
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     3. Progressing by changes from the exterior of a thing toward
        its center; as, the centripetal calcification of a bone.
        --R. Owen.
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     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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  centripetal force
      n 1: the inward force on a body moving in a curved path around
           another body [ant: centrifugal force]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  22 Moby Thesaurus words for "centripetal force":
     adduction, affinity, allurement, attractance, attraction,
     attractiveness, attractivity, capillarity, capillary attraction,
     centrifugal force, drag, draw, force of gravity, gravitation,
     gravity, magnetism, mutual attraction, pull, pulling power,
     sympathy, traction, tug
  
  

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