American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The apparent force, equal and opposite to the centripetal force, drawing a rotating body away from the center of rotation, caused by the inertia of the body.
- n. in everyday understanding, centrifugal force is the effect that tends to move an object away from the center of a circle it is rotating about (a consequence of inertia).
- n. physics : In a rotating reference frame, the apparent force that seems to push all bodies away from the centre of rotation of the frame and is a consequence of the body's mass and the frame's angular speed. It works in conjunction with the Coriolis force to give correct motion.
- n. physics : In circular motion, the 'reactive' centrifugal force is a real force applied by the accelerating body that is equal and opposite to the centripetal force that is acting on the accelerating body.
- n. physics : In polar coordinates, the apparent radial force that acts away from the center and is a consequence of the body's angular speed around the origin.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Mech.) a force whose direction is from a center.
- n. See under Centrifugal, Centripetal, etc.
- n. the outward force on a body moving in a curved path around another body
“He was familiar with centrifugal force as it applied to slingshots.”
“Its centrifugal force exactly balances the pull of the earth," Tom answered.”
“Empedocles has the distinction of having introduced into philosophy the doctrine of four elements, or four "roots", as he calls them, namely, fire, air, earth, and water, out of which the centripetal force of love and the centrifugal force of hatred made all things, and are even now making and unmaking all things.”
“When he reached the nearest staircase trunk, he skipped out into space without breaking his stride letting centrifugal force carry him down to the next.”
“The powerful centrifugal force of the still-intact main rotor began to spin the helicopter in a tight spiral.”
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