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centrifugal force

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. : 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. : 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. : 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a force whose direction is from a center.
  • n. See under Centrifugal, Centripetal, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the outward force on a body moving in a curved path around another body

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