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Centrifugal force   /sˈɛntrɪfjˌugəl fɔrs/   Listen
Centrifugal force

The outward force on a body moving in a curved path around another body.

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"Centrifugal force" Quotes from Famous Books

... In the first place, in certain difficult cases, it may serve for the observation of a swinging thermometer, which is then read during its motion. Then it may be employed for the continuous observation of a body submitted to centrifugal force. Apropos of this, we desire to add a few words. Most of the forces at our disposal, applied to a body, are transmitted from molecule to molecule, and produce tension, crushing, etc. Gravity and magnetic attraction form an exception; their point of application ...
— Scientific American Supplement, No. 829, November 21, 1891 • Various

... its axis, and extended far beyond the orbits of all the planets,—the planets as yet having no existence. Its temperature gradually diminished, and, becoming contracted by cooling, the rotation increased in rapidity, and zones of nebulosity were successively thrown off, in consequence of the centrifugal force overpowering the central attraction. The condensation of these separate masses constituted the planets and satellites. But this view of the conversion of gaseous matter into planetary bodies is not limited to our own system; ...
— Zanoni • Edward Bulwer Lytton

... simpler still; the provincial rulers aimed at practical rather than political sovereignty; the people were too weak to have any aspirations at all. The disruption was due more to the abeyance of central attraction than to any centrifugal force existing in the provinces. But the result was the same; feudal government, a graduated system of jurisdiction based on land tenure, in which every lord judged, taxed, and commanded the class next below him, of which abject ...
— The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 5 • Various

... before been acquired by any nation, and then been arrested by so gigantic a calamity. It was as if the earth had been suddenly stopped on its axis, and all things on its surface had felt the destructive impulse of the centrifugal force. ...
— Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No IV, April 1863 - Devoted to Literature and National Policy • Various

... Netherlands; yet that liberty had been originally sustained by the system in which it, one day, might be strangled. The spirit of local self-government, always the life-blood of liberty, was often excessive in its manifestations. The centrifugal force had been too much developed, and, combining with the mutual jealousy of corporations, had often made the nation weak against a common foe. Instead of popular rights there were state rights, for the large cities, with extensive districts and villages under their government, ...
— The Rise of the Dutch Republic, 1555-1566 • John Lothrop Motley

Words linked to "Centrifugal force" :   force, centripetal force

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