Centrifugal definition

sĕn-trĭfyə-gəl, -trĭfə-
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.

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Moving or directed away from a center or axis.
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Operated by means of centrifugal force.
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(physiology) Transmitting nerve impulses away from the central nervous system; efferent.
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(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.
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Tending or directed away from centralization, as of authority.
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Moving or directed away from a center or axis.
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Operated by means of centrifugal force.
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(physiology) Transmitting nerve impulses away from the central nervous system; efferent.
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(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.
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Tending or directed away from centralization, as of authority.
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Moving or tending to move away from a center.
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Using or acted on by centrifugal force.
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(bot.) Developing from the center outward, as certain flower clusters.
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(physiol.) Conveying away from a center; efferent.
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A machine that uses or causes centrifugal movement.
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Moving or directed away from a center or axis.
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(physiology) Transmitting nerve impulses away from the central nervous system; efferent.
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(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.
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Moving or directed away from a center or axis, usually as a result of being spun around the center or axis.
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Operated in the manner of a centrifuge.
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Transmitting nerve impulses away from the brain or spinal cord; efferent.
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Developing or progressing outward from a center or axis, as in the growth of plant structures. For example, in a centrifugal inflorescence such as a cyme, the flowers in the center or tip open first while those on the edge open last.
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Tending, or causing, to recede from the center.
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(botany) Expanding first at the summit, and later at the base, as a flower cluster.
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(botany) Having the radicle turned toward the sides of the fruit, as some embryos.
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Origin of centrifugal

  • From New Latin centrifugus Latin centrum center center Latin fugere to flee

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From New Latin centrifugus Latin centrum center center Latin fugere to flee

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin centrum (“center”) + fugiō (“to flee”) +‎ -al.

    From Wiktionary