Coriolis acceleration

noun

Co·​ri·​o·​lis acceleration
(ˈ)kȯr-ē-¦ō-ləs-
: a quantity that must be added vectorially to the acceleration of a body with respect to another accelerated body to get the true acceleration of the former
Coriolis acceleration applies to the motion of a long-range projectile with respect to the rotating earth

Word History

Etymology

after Gaspard G. Coriolis †1843 French civil engineer

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“Coriolis acceleration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Coriolis%20acceleration. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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