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centrifugal force

When most people think of centrifugal force, physicists think of centripetal force.
  physics:  the apparent force that causes something to move outward from the center of rotation;

not an actual force — actually the result of an object’s inertia trying to maintain motion along a straight line
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Strongly Associated with:   centripetal force
Centrifugal force is sometimes called a fictitious force because when most people talk about centrifugal force pulling outward, they are really talking about the centripetal force that keeps the object from flying outward. The object is just trying to follow a straight line at every instant (and would) were it not for the centripetal force holding it in place.
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  • When most people think of centrifugal force, physicists think of centripetal force.
  • Another flip, and the centrifugal force whips me back into the cockpit, where I smash into the door.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Our entrance might have looked dramatic if the centrifugal force hadn’t thrown Kayla, Austin, and me from the chariot.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • She thought it would feel different, more like the ride at the amusement park that pins you against the wall with centrifugal force.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event

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  • Centrifugal force sent the shields flying off the railings like metal Frisbees.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • When the merry-go-round went fast, he could not hold onto any of the bars, and centrifugal force hurled him off.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • I feel the centrifugal force pulling me toward the water and dig my hands and feet into the sand, trying to get some purchase on the unstable ground.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • At that distance they accordingly stood, fixed there by the centrifugal force of the repugnance which the mystic symbol inspired.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Instead of flinging me out, though, the centrifugal force—I had taken science in ninth grade—somehow held me in.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • Gravity and centrifugal force made it difficult for Alessandro to look at them, as if he were on the ride, and not they.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War

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  • Long before the existence of volcanoes, it was composed of a solid body of massive trap rock lifted bodily and slowly out of the sea, by the action of the centrifugal force at work in the earth.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • They’d stick their heads into her classroom and see the students playing tag and throwing erasers while Mom was up front, spinning like a top and letting pieces of chalk fly from her hands to demonstrate centrifugal force.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • Air cooled by compressed ammonia gas quickly froze them, a computerized sorter divided them into six-pound batches, and a device that spun like an out-of-control lazy Susan used centrifugal force to align the french fries so that they all pointed in the same direction.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • 2 /Points of Difference/—These exchanges and coalescences, however, though they invigorate each language with the blood of the other and are often very striking in detail, are neither numerous enough nor general enough to counteract the centrifugal force which pulls them apart.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • "The Centrifugal Force of Arguments": The farther you move from the core of the problem, the faster the situation spins out of control.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • In his dream, however, he flew over Venice in a wide circle, and was pressed down by the centrifugal force of the turn.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
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Associated words [difficulty]:   centrifugal force [7] , centripetal force [8] , centripetal force [8] , angular momentum [9]
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