Origin of centrifugal
Examples from the Web for centrifugal
War can be a centrifugal force, pulling together disparate groups who share a common enemy.ISIS’s Secret Allies
June 13, 2014
My talent—if that's what you call it—was centrifugal, not centripetal.
Here the centrifugal gravity was less than it had been in the hold.In the Orbit of Saturn
Roman Frederick Starzl
That was because if there were no inertia there would be no centrifugal force.
The heavier things are, the harder they are thrown out by centrifugal force.
It is centrifugal force that makes you slide away from the center and off at the edge.
- any device that uses centrifugal force for its action
- the rotating perforated drum in a centrifuge
Word Origin and History for centrifugal
1690s, with adjectival suffix -al (1) + Modern Latin centrifugus, 1687, coined by Sir Isaac Newton (who wrote in Latin) in "Principia" (which is written in Latin), from Latin centri- alternative comb. form of centrum "center" (see center (n.)) + fugere "to flee" (see fugitive). Centrifugal force is Newton's vis centrifuga.
- Moving or directed away from a center or axis.
- Transmitting nerve impulses away from the central nervous system; efferent.
- Moving or directed away from a center or axis, usually as a result of being spun around the center or axis.
- Operated in the manner of a centrifuge.
- Transmitting nerve impulses away from the brain or spinal cord; efferent.
- Developing or progressing outward from a center or axis, as in the growth of plant structures. For example, in a centrifugal inflorescence such as a cyme, the flowers in the center or tip open first while those on the edge open last. Compare centripetal.