I. adjective Etymology: New Latin centrifugus, from centr- + Latin fugere to flee — more at fugitive Date: circa 1721 1. proceeding or acting in a direction away from a center or axis 2. using or acting by centrifugal force <
a centrifugal pump
3. efferent 4. tending away from centralization ; separatist <
centrifugal tendencies in modern society
centrifugally adverb II. noun Date: 1866 a centrifugal machine or a drum in such a machine

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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