Definition of Coriolis force

1. Noun. (physics) a force due to the earth's rotation; acts on a body in motion (airplane or projectile) in a rotating reference frame; in a rotating frame of reference Newton's second law of motion can be made to apply if in addition to the real forces acting on a body a Coriolis force and a centrifugal force are introduced.

Category relationships: Natural Philosophy, Physics
Generic synonyms: Force

Definition of Coriolis force

1. Noun. A force exerted on a parcel of air (or any moving body) due to the rotation of the earth. This force causes a deflection of the body to the right in the northern hemisphere and to the left in the southern hemisphere. ¹

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Medical Definition of Coriolis force

1. The apparent deflection (coriolis acceleration) of a body in motion with respect to the earth, as seen by an observer on the earth, attributed to a fictitious force (coriolis force) but actually caused by the rotation of the earth. In a medical context it refers to the physiological effects (nausea, vertigo, dizziness, etc.) felt by a person moving radially in a rotating system, as a rotating space station. (12 Dec 1998)

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Literary usage of Coriolis force

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1. Plasma Physics Of The Local Cosmos by National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Solar and Space Physics (2004)
"In Earth's core (as a rapidly rotating fluid with a strong field dynamo), the coriolis force, the buoyancy force (the driving force for convection), ..."

2. Planet Geographyby Stephen Codrington by Stephen Codrington (2005)
"The coriolis force is the reason that the winds shown in figure 14.12 are seen to divert to the left in the southern hemisphere and to the right in the ..."

3. Journal by Helicopter Association of Great Britain (1894)
"This force arises from the inertia of the blade and is known in rigid dynamics as the coriolis force, because it was discovered by CORIOLIS more than a ..."

4. Robot Manipulators: Mathematics, Programming, and Control : the Computer by Richard P. Paul (1981)
"... as the coriolis force acting at joint t due to velocities at joints j and k. Finally, a term of the form A represents the gravity forces at joint i. ..."

5. Governors and the Governing of Prime Movers by Willibald Trinks (1919)
"For the purpose of studying the action of compound centrifugal force (sometimes called Coriolis' force), suppose that in the governor of which Fig. ..."

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