The definition of centrifugal is something that is moving, or that is prone to move, away from a center.
A force that tends to move away from the center is an example of something that would be described as centrifugal.
- moving or tending to move away from a center
- using or acted on by centrifugal force
- Bot. developing from the center outward, as certain flower clusters
- Physiol. conveying away from a center; efferent
Origin of centrifugalfrom Modern Latin centrifugus (coined by Newton from centri- + Classical Latin fugere, to flee: see fugitive) + -al
a machine that uses or causes centrifugal movement
- Moving or directed away from a center or axis.
- Operated by means of centrifugal force.
- Physiology Transmitting nerve impulses away from the central nervous system; efferent.
- Botany Developing or progressing outward from a center or axis, as in a flower cluster in which the oldest flowers are in the center and the youngest flowers are near the edge.
- Tending or directed away from centralization, as of authority: “In a feverish explosion of centrifugal nationalism, one after another of the empire's ethnic groups proclaimed independence” ( Adam Hochschild )
Origin of centrifugalFrom New Latin centrifugus Latin centrum center ; see center . Latin fugere to flee