Coriolis effect


Co·​ri·​o·​lis effect ˌkȯr-ē-ˈō-ləs- How to pronounce Coriolis effect (audio)
: the apparent deflection of a moving object that is the result of the Coriolis force

Examples of Coriolis effect in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The counterclockwise motion of most tornadoes has long been attributed to the Coriolis effect, the force caused by the Earth’s rotation. Catherine Duncan, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Apr. 2024 Winds and the tidal Coriolis effect also impact its position. Special To The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 9 July 2020 But the bottom line is this: for hurricanes and shooting cannon and launching missiles, yeah, the Coriolis effect is important. Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 27 Mar. 2012

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1946, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Coriolis effect was circa 1946

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“Coriolis effect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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Coriolis effect

Co·​ri·​o·​lis effect ˌkōr-ē-ˌō-ləs- How to pronounce Coriolis effect (audio)
: the deflection of a moving object that is a result of the Coriolis force

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