centrifuge

noun
cen·tri·fuge | \ˈsen-trə-ˌfyüj \

Definition of centrifuge 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a machine using centrifugal force for separating substances of different densities, for removing moisture, or for simulating gravitational effects

centrifuge

verb
centrifuged; centrifuging

Definition of centrifuge (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to subject to centrifugal action especially in a centrifuge

Examples of centrifuge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Those centrifuges are models known as IR-1s, based on a 1970s Dutch design that Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khan used to build Islamabad's nuclear weapons program and later sold to Iran, Libya and North Korea. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "With nuclear deal under threat, Iran shows off centrifuges," 7 June 2018 Those centrifuges are models known as IR-1s, based on a 1970s Dutch design that Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khan used to build Islamabad’s nuclear weapons program and later sold to Iran, Libya and North Korea. Washington Post, "With nuclear deal under threat, Iran shows off centrifuges," 7 June 2018 The head of Iran’s atomic-energy agency said Iran was building a new center for constructing advanced centrifuges, machines used to enrich uranium. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "U.S. Threat of Sanctions Imperils Bid to Save Iran Deal, European Officials Say," 6 June 2018 And ultimately that absence of trust will destroy the glue of American society the way the Stuxnet computer worm destroyed those Iranian centrifuges. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "Why Hackers Aren’t Afraid of Us," 16 June 2018 The attack was perpetrated by U.S. and Israeli hackers and made Iranian centrifuges at the Natanz plant spin out of control and shatter. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Trump pullout from Iran deal could spark cyber threats -- as Bolton looks to scrap cybersecurity job," 11 May 2018 In 2005, Iran acknowledged converting yellowcake into uranium tetrafluoride, a step below the uranium hexafluoride needed for centrifuges. Washington Post, "AP Explains: Iran reopens uranium plant in its latest gamble," 28 June 2018 In 2005, Iran acknowledged converting yellowcake into uranium tetrafluoride, a step below the uranium hexafluoride needed for centrifuges. The Christian Science Monitor, "Iranian nuclear enrichment signals resistance to US sanctions," 28 June 2018 In 2005, Iran acknowledged converting yellowcake into uranium tetrafluoride, a step below the uranium hexafluoride needed for centrifuges. Fox News, "AP Explains: Iran reopens uranium plant in its latest gamble," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The solution is centrifuged to separate the solids, leaving a clear liquid that is combined with Belle Meade Bourbon. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Common Good aims to create new cocktail culture in western suburbs," 13 July 2018 Blood is drawn from the patient and centrifuged to increase the concentration of platelets to 10 times more growth factors than normal plasma. Joyce Wiswell For The Knee Institute, Detroit Free Press, "Heal thyself with regenerative medicine," 17 Apr. 2018 Blood is drawn from the patient and centrifuged to increase the concentration of platelets. Joyce Wiswell For The Knee Institute, Detroit Free Press, "Unique therapies ease painful neuropathy," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of centrifuge

Noun

1866, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for centrifuge

Noun

French, from centrifuge centrifugal, from New Latin centrifugus

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centrifuge

noun

English Language Learners Definition of centrifuge

: a machine that uses centrifugal force to separate substances or parts of substances

centrifuge

noun
cen·tri·fuge | \ˈsen-trə-ˌfyüj \

Medical Definition of centrifuge 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a machine using centrifugal force for separating substances of different densities, for removing moisture, or for simulating gravitational effects

centrifuge

transitive verb
centrifuged; centrifuging

Medical Definition of centrifuge (Entry 2 of 2)

: to subject to centrifugal action especially in a centrifuge

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