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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
First Known Use: circa 1721
Definition of centrifugal
: a centrifugal machine or a drum in such a machine
First Known Use of centrifugal
CENTRIFUGAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of centrifugal for English Language Learners
: moving away from a center : acting in a direction away from a center
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