centrifugal force


noun

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.

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Origin of centrifugal force

First recorded in 1715–25
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British Dictionary definitions for centrifugal force

centrifugal force

noun

a fictitious force that can be thought of as acting outwards on any body that rotates or moves along a curved path
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Scientific definitions for centrifugal force

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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Cultural definitions for centrifugal force

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.

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