centrifugal force


Definition of centrifugal force

: the apparent force that is felt by an object moving in a curved path that acts outwardly away from the center of rotation — compare centripetal force

Examples of centrifugal force in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web SpinLaunch, as the startup is called, wants to — as the name implies — spin projectiles, using centrifugal force to drum up enough energy to send an object to space. Jackie Wattles; Video By Milly Chan, CNN, 14 June 2022 Simply place each can on a table and rotate it along its axis, and the centrifugal force will make the pernicious bubbles go away. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 24 May 2022 The mysterious event becomes the centrifugal force of the book. Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2022 For instance, with a shearing force, the area of the raft was much smaller than when the ants encountered just centrifugal force. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 5 Mar. 2022 Manage the dough from the top, and allow gravity and a little centrifugal force to do the work. Carlo Mirarchi, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2021 This means that that block of water on Earth’s surface facing the moon would have a centrifugal force of 3.55 Newtons pulling it toward the moon. Rhett Allain, Wired, 24 Sep. 2021 Tides are caused by a combination of three forces: the gravitational force from Earth, the force from the moon, and a centrifugal force due to Earth's motion as the moon pulls on it. Rhett Allain, Wired, 24 Sep. 2021 Clive later discouraged a young adult Fred from working in the record business, though Fred, like his siblings, would later let himself be tugged by sheer centrifugal force into the industry’s orbit. Amy X. Wang, Rolling Stone, 9 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of centrifugal force

1698, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of centrifugal force was in 1698

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28 Jun 2022

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“Centrifugal force.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centrifugal%20force. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for centrifugal force

centrifugal force

cen·​trif·​u·​gal force | \ sen-ˈtri-fyə-gəl- \

Kids Definition of centrifugal force

: the force that tends to cause a thing or parts of a thing to go outward from a center of rotation

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