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Meaning of centrifugal

cen•trif•u•gal

Pronunciation: (sen-trif'yu-gul, -u-gul), [key]
— adj.
  1. moving or directed outward from the center (opposed to centripetal).
  2. pertaining to or operated by centrifugal force: a centrifugal pump.
  3. efferent.
—n.
    1. a machine for separating different materials by centrifugal force; centrifuge.
    2. a rotating, perforated drum holding the materials to be separated in such a machine.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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