an apparent deflective force acting on a moving object, as an airplane, that is being observed from a rotating system, as the surface of the earth: it is proportional to the speed of the object and is in a direction perpendicular to its direction of motion
Origin of Coriolis forceafter G. G. de Coriolis (1792-1843), French mathematician
A pseudo force used mathematically to describe motion, as of aircraft or cloud formations, relative to a noninertial, uniformly rotating frame of reference such as the earth.
Origin of Coriolis forceAfter Gaspard G. de Coriolis, (1792–1843), French mathematician.
(plural Coriolis forces)
Named after French scientist Gaspard G. de Coriolis.