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

  • adj. Moving or directed away from a center or axis.
  • adj. Operated by means of centrifugal force.
  • adj. Physiology Transmitting nerve impulses away from the central nervous system; efferent.
  • adj. Botany Developing or progressing outward from a center or axis, as in a flower cluster in which the oldest flowers are in the center and the youngest flowers are near the edge.
  • adj. Tending or directed away from centralization, as of authority: "The division of Europe into two warring blocs, each ultimately dependent on a superpower patron, is subject to ever-increasing centrifugal stress” ( Scott Sullivan).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Tending, or causing, to recede from the center.
  • adj. Expanding first at the summit, and later at the base, as a flower cluster.
  • adj. Having the radicle turned toward the sides of the fruit, as some embryos.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending, or causing, to recede from the center.
  • adj.
  • adj. Expanding first at the summit, and later at the base, as a flower cluster.
  • adj. Having the radicle turned toward the sides of the fruit, as some embryos.
  • n. A centrifugal machine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Flying off or proceeding from a center; radiating or sent outward from a focus or central point: opposed to centripetal: as, centrifugal force or energy; centrifugal rays or spokes.
  • Operating by radial action; producing effects by centrifugal force: as, a centrifugal filter, pump, or machine. (See phrases below.)
  • In psychology, moving from the brain to the periphery.
  • n. plural Sugars made in a centrifugal machine.
  • n. A drum in a centrifugal machine.
  • Obtained (as milk or cream) by the *centrifugal method (which see).
  • n. A trade-name for any machine which employs centrifugal force to separate a liquid from a solid or to separate liquids of different specific gravities.

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

  • adj. conveying information to the muscles from the CNS
  • adj. tending to move away from a center
  • adj. tending away from centralization, as of authority

Etymologies

From New Latin centrifugus : Latin centrum, center; see center + Latin fugere, to flee.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin centrum ("center") + fugiō ("to flee") +‎ -al. (Wiktionary)

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