/ (ˌkɒrɪˈəʊlɪs) /
a fictitious force used to explain a deflection in the path of a body moving in latitude relative to the earth when observed from the earth. The deflection (Coriolis effect) is due to the earth's rotation and is to the east when the motion is towards a pole
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Word Origin for Coriolis force
C19: named after Gaspard G. Coriolis (1792–1843), French civil engineer
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Scientific definitions for Coriolis force
A velocity-dependent pseudo force used mathematically to describe the motion of bodies in rotating reference frames such as the Earth's surface. Bodies moving on the plane of rotation appear to experience a force, leftward if the rotation of the reference frame is clockwise, rightward if counterclockwise. Such motion gives rise to the Coriolis effect.
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