Definition of centrifugal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌsentrɪˈfjuːɡl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsentrɪˈfjuːɡl//
; BrE BrE//senˈtrɪfjəɡl//
; NAmE NAmE//senˈtrɪfjəɡl//
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moving or tending to move away from a centre Word Originearly 18th cent.: from modern Latin centrifugus, from Latin centrum (from Greek kentron ‘sharp point, stationary point of a pair of compasses’, related to kentein ‘to prick’) + -fugus ‘fleeing’ (from fugere ‘flee’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: centrifugal

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