centrifugal force

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centrifugal force

The apparent force, equal and opposite to the centripetal force, drawing a rotating body away from the center of rotation, caused by the inertia of the body.

centrifugal force

(General Physics) a fictitious force that can be thought of as acting outwards on any body that rotates or moves along a curved path

centrif′ugal force′

the force, equal and opposite to the centripetal force, experienced by a body moving along a curved path and appearing to propel the body outward.

cen·trif·u·gal force

The apparent force that seems to cause a body turning around a center to move away from the center. Centrifugal force is not a true force but is actually an example of inertia. See Note at centripetal force.
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Noun1.centrifugal force - the outward force on a body moving in a curved path around another body
force - (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity; "force equals mass times acceleration"
centripetal force - the inward force on a body moving in a curved path around another body
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This motion, faithful to the laws of mechanics, would have been accelerated with the diminution of its volume; and a moment would have arrived when the centrifugal force would have overpowered the centripetal, which causes the molecules all to tend toward the center.
I think there can be little doubt, first that the external crust cooled rapidly in the state in which we now see it; secondly, that the still fluid lava within, was packed by the centrifugal force, generated by
the revolving of the bomb, against the external cooled crust, and so produced the solid shell of stone; and lastly, that the centrifugal force, by relieving the pressure in the more central parts of the bomb, allowed the heated vapours to expand their cells, thus forming the coarse cellular mass of the centre.
Centrifugal force hurled the particles of the nebulous center toward the crust as rapidly as they approached a solid state.
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