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centrifugal

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adjective cen·trif·u·gal \sen-ˈtri-fyə-gəl, -ˈtri-fi-, especially British ˌsen-tri-ˈfyü-gəl\

Simple Definition of centrifugal

  • : moving away from a center : acting in a direction away from a center

Full Definition of centrifugal

  1. 1 :  proceeding or acting in a direction away from a center or axis

  2. 2 :  using or acting by centrifugal force <a centrifugal pump>

  3. 3 :  efferent

  4. 4 :  tending away from centralization :  separatist <centrifugal tendencies in modern society>

cen·trif·u·gal·ly play \-gə-lē\ adverb

Origin of centrifugal

New Latin centrifugus, from centr- + Latin fugere to flee — more at fugitive


First Known Use: circa 1721


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centrifugal

noun cen·trif·u·gal

Definition of centrifugal

  1. :  a centrifugal machine or a drum in such a machine



1866

First Known Use of centrifugal

1866

Other Mechanical Engineering Terms


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centrifugal

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adjective cen·trif·u·gal \sen-ˈtrif-yə-gəl, -ˈtrif-i-gəl\

Medical Definition of centrifugal

  1. :  passing outward (as from a nerve center to a muscle or gland) :  efferent

  2. cen·trif·u·gal·ly \-gə-lē\play adverb




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