- The definition of a centrifuge is a machine that uses a force pulling dense objects away from the center to separate particles or to draw off moisture.
- An example of a centrifuge is a machine that separates cream and milk.
- An example of a centrifuge is a washing machine that has a spin cycle to draw the moisture out of the washed clothes.
- Centrifuge means to spin something in order to draw high density parts or moisture away from the center.
An example of centrifuge is to put milk into a machine to have the cream separated out of the milk.
Origin of centrifugeFrench from Modern Latin centrifugus: see centrifugal
transitive verb-·fuged·, -·fug·ing
- An apparatus consisting essentially of a compartment spun about a central axis to separate contained materials of different specific gravities, or to separate colloidal particles suspended in a liquid.
- An apparatus in which humans or animals are enclosed and which is revolved to simulate the effects of acceleration in a spacecraft.
transitive verbcen·tri·fuged, cen·tri·fug·ing, cen·tri·fug·es
Origin of centrifugeFrench centrifugal from New Latin centrifugus ; see centrifugal .
(third-person singular simple present centrifuges, present participle centrifuging, simple past and past participle centrifuged)
- To rotate something in a centrifuge in order to separate its constituents
From French centrifuge.