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centrifugal force

an outward force on a body rotating about an axis, assumed equal and opposite to the centripetal force and postulated to account for the phenomena seen by an observer in the rotating body.
Origin of centrifugal force
First recorded in 1715-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • That was because if there were no inertia there would be no centrifugal force.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • It is centrifugal force that makes you slide away from the center and off at the edge.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • The heavier things are, the harder they are thrown out by centrifugal force.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • It is all thrown to the other side by the centrifugal force.

  • The centrifugal force has been overbalanced by the centripetal.

    A History of American Christianity

    Leonard Woolsey Bacon
  • There are also other phenomena which demand a centrifugal force in the universe.

    Aether and Gravitation

    William George Hooper
  • "Why, that is the centrifugal force," Phœbe said, with dignity.

    The Panchronicon Harold Steele Mackaye
  • Somehow or other he had got hold of the notion of centrifugal force.

    Pioneers of Science Oliver Lodge
  • This is the formula first given by Huyghens for centrifugal force.

    Pioneers of Science Oliver Lodge
British Dictionary definitions for centrifugal force

centrifugal force

a fictitious force that can be thought of as acting outwards on any body that rotates or moves along a curved path
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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centrifugal force in Science
centrifugal force  
An effect that seems to cause an object moving in a curve to be pushed away from the curve's center. Centrifugal force is not a true force but is actually the effect of inertia, in that the moving object's natural tendency is to move in a straight line. See Note at centripetal force.
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centrifugal force in Culture
centrifugal force [(sen-trif-yuh-guhl, sen-trif-uh-guhl)]

A force that tends to move objects away from the center in a system undergoing circular motion. Centrifugal force keeps the water in a whirling bucket from spilling or throws a rider in a car against the door when the car goes around a sharp curve. Centrifugal force is actually a form of inertia.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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