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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pseudo force used mathematically to describe motion, as of aircraft or cloud formations, relative to a noninertial, uniformly rotating frame of reference such as the earth.

Etymologies

After Gaspard G. de Coriolis (1792-1843), French mathematician.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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