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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\

Definition of centrifugal

  1. 1 :  proceeding or acting in a direction away from a center or axis centrifugal acceleration of a body

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

  3. 3 :  efferent centrifugal nerves of the heart

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

centrifugally

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Centrifugal force is what keeps a string with a ball on the end taut when you whirl it around. A centrifuge is a machine that uses centrifugal force. At the end of a washing machine's cycle, it becomes a weak and simple centrifuge as it whirls the water out of your clothes. Centrifuges hundreds of thousands of times as powerful are essential to nuclear technology and drug manufacturing. Part of an astronaut's training occurs in a centrifuge that generates force equal to several times the force of gravity (about like a washing machine) to get them used to the forces they'll encounter in a real space mission.

Origin and Etymology of centrifugal

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


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centrifugal

noun cen·trif·u·gal

Definition of centrifugal

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

First Known Use of centrifugal

1813

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CENTRIFUGAL Defined for English Language Learners

centrifugal

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Definition of centrifugal for English Language Learners

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


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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

centrifugally

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